I know this comes a couple days late, but I feel bad not paying tribute to the great film director Sidney Lumet. Lumet got most of his early work behind the camera in television, but he of course remembered more for the stellar films he directed on the big screen.
Lumet's first huge film was one of the best courtroom dramas of all time 12 Angry Men (1957). This film launched his film career and set him on a great trajectory. Lumet had a very strong film career with other movies like Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, Network (my personal favorite), The Wiz, The Verdict, Running on Empty and his last film (written by his daughters) Before the Devil Knows Your Dead.
Sidney Lumet was nominated for the Best Director Academy Award four times for 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon (1976), Network (1977), and The Verdict (1983); he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium in 1982 for Prince of the City. His only Academy Award win came in 2005 when he was honored with the Honorary Award.