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Lumet enters gold fold

Director receives double dose of reverence from AMPAS

NEW YORK — While Sidney Lumet had never before won an Oscar — despite having helmed such primo pics as “Dog Day Afternoon” and “Serpico” — the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences last week gave the icon an overdue double dose of reverence.

In advance of accepting his honorary nod at the Feb. 27 kudocast, the auteur was the guest of honor Feb. 23 at an AMPAS-sponsored fete at Gotham’s Plaza Athenee.

Event drew a highbrow crowd, from Jane Powell and Lynn Redgrave to Amanda Plummer.

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