Monday, May 20, 2024

Milos Forman, Oscar Winner and Towering Director of “Amadeus,” “Cuckoo’s Nest,” Dies at 86


Milos Forman, the great director of Oscar winning films, has died at age 86.

Forman, who was Czech, gave us “Amadeus,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “Man on the Moon,” “Valmont,” Ragtime,” and “Hair.” He won two of the three Academy Awards for which he was nominated. The films themselves picked up many more including Best Actor awards for Jack Nicholson (“Cuckoo’s Nest”) and F. Murray Abraham (“Amadeus”).

Forman was a child of the Holocaust– his parents died in concentration camps at the hands of the Nazis. That may be why the terrors in his films seemed so real.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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