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SIDNEY LUMET (Director) knows New York better than anyone. A New Yorker since the age of two, Lumet has made 30 of his 43 feature films in the Big Apple.

Lumet's motion pictures have received over 50 Academy Award nominations culminating in his acceptance of an honorary Oscar at this year's Academy Awards. His many honors include four Oscar nominations as Best Director, for 12 Angry Men (1957), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982). He also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay as co-writer of Prince of the City (1981). He has also been honored with an impressive seven Directors Guild of America Award nominations for his work.

The son of an actor in Europe's Yiddish theatres, Lumet was a child actor from age five until he entered the U.S. Army at 17. After military duty, he returned to New York and became a director in theater and television. During the 1950's he directed over 250 television shows, many of them broadcast live. His TV credits include "Danger," "You Are There," "Mama," "Kraft Television Theatre," "The Alcoa Hour," "Goodyear TV Playhouse," "Studio One," "Omnibus," "Playhouse 90," "The Sacco & Vanzetti Story" and "The Iceman Cometh."

In 1957 Lumet's motion picture directorial debut, 12 Angry Men, earned three Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Director. In the years immediately following, he directed Stage Struck and That Kind of Woman. During the 60's he directed The Fugitive Kind, A View From the Bridge, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Fail-Safe, The Pawnbroker, The Hill, The Group, The Deadly Affair, Bye Bye Braverman, The Sea Gull, and The Appointment. He was one of the creators of King: A Film Record. Montgomery To Memphis.

The 1970's proved to be a remarkable decade for the director featuring such critically acclaimed films as Serpico (whose raft of honors included Oscar nominations for its screenplay and star, Al Pacino), Dog Day Afternoon (six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture), and the groundbreaking Network (ten Oscar nominations and four wins).

Ten Lumet films were released in the 80's: Just Tell Me What You Want (which he also produced), Prince of the City (also co-writer), Deathtrap, The Verdict, Daniel, Garbo Talks, Power, The Morning After, Running on Empty and Family Business.

He began the 90's directing Q&A, also his first solo writing credit, followed by A Stranger Among Us, Guilty As Sin and Night Falls on Manhattan, which he also wrote. While making Gloria on the streets of New York, his scathing social satire of the medical establishment Critical Care was released.

With Find Me Guilty, Vin Diesel joins the ranks of gifted actors and celebrated movie stars who have seized the opportunity to practice their craft under the able hand of Mr. Lumet. From Marlon Brando to Al Pacino, Ingrid Bergman to Faye Dunaway, the list of screen performers who have appeared in a Sidney Lumet film is staggering.

Sidney Lumet's prestigious honors include the Directors Guild's prestigious D.W. Griffith Award, given for an unusually distinguished body of work, as well as the New York Film Critics Award for Prince of the City and the Los Angeles Film Critics Award and Golden Globe for Network. New York's Museum of Modern Art honored him with a retrospective, as has virtually every major international film academy. In 1997 he was given the Billy Wilder Award for Excellence and Achievement in Film Direction from the National Board of Review, and the Writers Guild of America's Evelyn Burkey Award for his contribution to films that brought dignity and honors to writers.

Mr. Lumet is the author of an extremely popular filmmaking primer titled, Making Movies (Vintage Books). Currently in its eighth printing, Making Movies is widely considered to be the finest, clearest and most direct illumination ever written by a working filmmaker concerning the mysteries of how, and sometimes why, movies are made.