Sidney Lumet to receive honorary Academy Award

Dec 15, 2004 by Ian Evans

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present director Sidney Lumet with an Honorary Award at 77th Academy Awards® Presentation on February 27, 2005.

The Honorary Award will be given to Lumet to honor his “brilliant services to screenwriters, performers and the art of the motion picture.”

“Lumet is one of the most important film directors in the history of American cinema,” said Academy President Frank Pierson, “and his work has left an indelible mark on both audiences and the history of film itself. It was a great personal pleasure and professional honor to call Sidney to tell him he’d won his profession’s highest honor.”

Lumet made his feature film debut with 1957’s 12 Angry Men, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for directing.

He has earned three additional directing nominations, for Dog Day Afternoon in 1975, Network in 1976 and The Verdict in 1982, as well as a nomination for adapted screenplay (with Jay Presson Allen) for Prince of the City in 1981.

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