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Director Sidney Lumet will receive an honorary Academy Award at this year’s Oscar ceremony.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences prexy Frank Pierson said, “It was a great personal pleasure and professional honor to call Sidney to tell him he’d won his profession’s highest honor.”

Lumet was an actor until the 1950s, when he began working as a television director. He made his feature film debut in 1957 with “12 Angry Men,” which earned him an Oscar nom for directing.

He has received three other directing noms, for “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Network” and “The Verdict,” as well as a nomination for adapted screenplay (with Jay Presson Allen) for “Prince of the City.”

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