As Barbie cruises in her dream car toward a billion dollars and Oppenheimer ignites the awards conversation, people across Hollywood are taking notice.

It's not just executives with dollar signs in their eyes, but also creatives hoping that this means directors and writers might finally get some trust from the studios to fuse art and commerce once more.

The most optimistic words came from legendary director Francis Ford Coppola.

Coppola said while answering questions on his Instagram account that “I have yet to see them, but the fact that people are filling big theaters to see them and that they are neither sequels nor prequels, no number attached to them, meaning they are true one-offs, is a victory for cinema.”

In the comments section, Coppola also stated, “My hunch is that we’re on the verge of a golden age. Wonderful and illuminating cinema seen in large theaters.”

This would be great if it winds up being true, especially for Coppola, who has his self-financed science fiction film, Megalopolis coming to theaters hopefully next year.

Let us know what you think in the comments.