‘Network’ Director Sidney Lumet Dies At 86

He was nominated four times for directing Academy Awards, and actors in his films won 17 Oscars. But Lumet himself never won. Lumet did receive an honorary Oscar in 2005 for lifetime achievement. Network, a scathing view of the television business, proved to be Lumet’s most memorable film and created an enduring catch phrase when crazed newscaster Howard Beale (played by Peter Finch) exhorted his audience to raise their windows and shout, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”