Legendary Filmmaker Sidney Lumet Passes Away at 86 Years Old
This weekend brought some tragic news to Hollywood in the form of a great loss from cinema's short but sparkling history. The NY Times reported yesterday that director Sidney Lumet, the many responsible for such classic films as 12 Angry Men, had passed away at 86-years old. His stepdaughter revealed the legendary filmmaker had succumbed to lymphoma. Though he only made a few films in the past decade, they did include evidence of his great directing by getting a decent performance out of Vin Diesel in Find Me Guilty, as well as a phenomenal crime drama in the form of Before the Devil Knows Your Dead.
His legacy will live on, and Lumet had previously been honored for his great contributions in cinema. For his career achievements, the Academy of Motions Picture Arts and Sciences gave him an honorary lifetime achievement award, and the Directors Guild of America also gave him an honorary award as well as making him a member for life. These accolades are more than deserved after his phenomenal work behind the camera with other classic films like Dog Day Afternoon, The Verdict and Network. In accepting his aforementioned honorary Oscar, Lumet said, "I guess I’d like to thank the movies.” Well, I'd like to thank Mr. Lumet for a legacy in cinema and storytelling that will last well beyond his years. Rest in peace, sir.