Director Sidney Lumet Dead at 86
Sidney Lumet, the man credited for bringing to the silver screen such classics as “12 Angry Men,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” and “Network,” has passed away. He was 86.
Lumet, a four-time best director Academy Award nominee, died Saturday morning at his home in Manhattan due to lymphoma, the famed director’s stepdaughter, Leslie Gimbel, reportedly said according to the New York Times.
The filmmaker, producer, and screenwriter made more than 50 movies during his lifetime. He immediately made an impact after making the jump from television to the big screen, getting critical acclaim and Academy Award nominations for his main feature directorial debut, “12 Angry Men,” in 1957. Although “12 Angry Men” was shut out in the three nominations it received, the film established Lumet as one of the best directors of his time. He also received best director Oscar nominations for “Dog Day Afternoon” (1975), “Network” (1976), and “The Verdict” (1982). Although he failed to win an Oscar trophy for his best director nominations, he was finally honored by the Academy with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
Lumet’s last feature film was 2007’s critically acclaimed drama “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” which starred Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, and Marisa Tomei.