Sidney Lumet, the acclaimed director of such classics as Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon and Network, died this morning in New York at the age of 86. His stepdaughter, Leslie Gimbel, told the New York Times that the cause was lymphoma. His filmmaking career was bookended by 1957’s 12 Angry Men and 2007’s Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.
Lumet was awarded an honorary Academy Award in 2005 but never won an individual Oscar for directing despite being nominated four times. Clearly, this is indicative of the pointlessness of awards ceremonies rather than the quality of his work. See below for an example:
Sidney Lumet, 1924-2011
Sidney Lumet, Director of American Film Classics, Dies at 86 [NYT]