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Sidney Lumet

Sidney Arthur Lumet ( loo-MET; June 25, 1924 – April 9, 2011) was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter with over 50 films to his credit. He was nominated five times for the Academy Award: four for Best Director for 12 Angry Men (1957), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976), and The Verdict (1982) and one for Best Adapted Screenplay for Prince of the City (1981). He did not win an individual Academy Award, but did receive an Academy Honorary Award, and 14 of his films were nominated for Oscars, including Network, which was nominated for ten and won four.
According to The Encyclopedia of Hollywood Lumet was one of the most prolific filmmakers of the modern era, directing more than one movie a year on average since his directorial debut in 1957. Turner Classic Movies notes his “strong direction of actors,” “vigorous storytelling” and the “social realism” in his best work. Film critic Roger Ebert described him as “one of the finest craftsmen and warmest humanitarians among all film directors.” Lumet was also known as an “actor’s director,” having worked with the best of them during his career, probably more than “any other director.” Sean Connery, who acted in five of his films, considered him one of his favorite directors, and one who had that “vision thing.”A member of the inaugural class at New York’s Actors Studio, Lumet began his directorial career in Off-Broadway productions, then became a highly efficient TV director.

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