Few filmmakers know the varied turf of New York as thoroughly as director SIDNEY LUMET, a New Yorker since the age of two who has made 30 of his 42 feature films there
Few filmmakers know the varied turf of New
York as thoroughly as director SIDNEY LUMET, a New Yorker
since the age of two who has made 30 of his 42 feature films there.
His motion pictures have received over 50 Academy Award® nominations.
His many honors include four Oscar® nominations as Best Director,
for 12 Angry Men (1957), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network
(1976) and The Verdict (1982). He also received an
Academy Award® nomination for Best Screenplay as co-writer
of Prince Of The City (198 1). He has been honored with
an impressive seven Directors Guild of America Award nominations
for his work.
The son of an actor in Europe's Yiddish theaters, Lumet was a
child actor from age five until he entered the U. S. Army at 17.
After military duty, he returned to New York and became a director
in theater and television. During the 1950s, he directed over
250 television shows, many of them broadcast live. His TV credits
include "Danger," "You Are There," "Mama,"
"Kraft Television Theatre," "The Alcoa Hour,"
"Goodyear TV Playhouse," "Studio One," "Omnibus,"
"Playhouse 90," "The Sacco & Vanzetti Story"
and "The Iceman Cometh."
His motion picture directorial debut, 12 Angry Men in 1957,
earned three Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture
and Best Director. In the years immediately following, he directed
Stage Struck and That Kind Of Woman.
During the '60s, he directed The Fugitive Kind, A View From
The Bridge, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Fail-Safe, The Pawnbroker,
The Hill, The Group, The Deadly Affair, Bye Bye Braverman, The
Sea Gull and The Appointment. He was one of the creators
of King: A Film Record ..Montgomery To Memphis.
In the 1970s, he made The Last Of The Mobile Hot-Shots, The
Anderson Tapes, Child's Play, The Offense, Serpico, Lovin'
Molly, Murder On The Orient Express, Dog Day Afternoon (six
Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture), Network
(10 Academy Award® nominations and four wins), Equus
and The Wiz.
Ten Lumet films were released in the '80s: Just Tell Me What
You Want (which he also produced), Prince Of The City (also
co-writer), Deathtrap, The Verdict, Daniel, Garbo Talks, Power,
The Morning After, Running On Empty and Family Business.
He began the '90s directing Q & A, also his first solo
writing credit, followed by A Stranger Among Us, Guilty As
Sin and Night Falls On Manhattan, which he also wrote.
While making Gloria on the streets of New York, his scathing
social satire of the medical establishment, Critical Care,
With Gloria, Sharon Stone joins the distinguished company
of screen giants who have been directed by Sidney Lumet, among
them Marlon Brando, Katharine Hepburn, Paul Newman, Ingrid Bergman,
Al Pacino, Henry Fonda, Richard Burton, Sean Connery, William
Holden and Faye Dunaway. He says of Stone, "She's so smart.
So professional. So right on it."
His many honors include the Directors Guild's prestigious D. W.
Griffith Award, given for an unusually distinguished body of work,
as well as the New York Film Critics Award for Prince Of The
City and the Los Angeles Film Critics Award and Golden G
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