TCM saluting the late Sidney Lumet

Turner Classic Movies will showcase the achievements of five-time Oscar nominee Sidney Lumet on April 21 by screening four of his films as well as his compelling conversation with Robert Osborne from 2005 that formed part of the “Private Screenings” series.

Lumet, who passed away Saturday at the age of 86, contended for Best Director at the Oscars on four occasions and TCM is airing the first three of those films. The tribute begins with “12 Angry Men,” his 1957 film debut that earned him his first Oscar nod; he was defeated by David Lean who directed “Bridge on the River Kwai.”After this, there will be an airing of “Private Screenings” and then “The Hill,” a 1965 war drama starring Sean Connery.

Following that will be one of Lumet’s greatest triumphs — the savage satire “Network” — which reaped 10 Oscar nominations in 1975 and stands as one of only two films (“A Streetcar Named Desire” being the other) to win three acting prizes: Best Actor (Peter Finch), Best Actress (Faye Dunaway) and Best Supporting Actress (Beatrice Straight). However, it was “Rocky” that won the top race that year and Lumet lost to that film’s director John Avildsen. The programming concludes with “Dog Day Afternoon,” the stark 1975 docudrama that reaped Lumet his second Oscar bid; he was bested by Milos Forman who directed “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

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