Oscar-Winning Director Milos Forman Dead At 86

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A two-time victor of the Academy Award for Best Director, the "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus" helmer also won three Golden Globes, the Cannes Film Festival's Grand Prize of the Jury (for "Taking Off"), the Golden Bear at Berlin ("The People vs. Larry Flynt"), a BAFTA award, and numerous other accolades.

The two-time Oscar victor passed away following a short illness, his third wife Martina confirmed to Czech news agency CTK. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends during this hard time.

Milos Forman born in Czechoslovakia, his father was killed in the camp of Buchenwald, and his mother died in Auschwitz.

A year later, his next film,"The Loves of a Blonde", would be his first to receive worldwide acclaim, earning an Oscar Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

After the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, Forman emigrated to the United States, where he built a brilliant career in the movies.

Forman, best known for One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus, was one of few foreign film-makers to reach the top in Hollywood. He returned to still-Communist Prague in 1983 to film Amadeus, which earned him a second Oscar and which won eight out of 11 nominations.




He also directed the rock musical Hair in 1979, Ragtime in 1981, the Oscar-nominated The People vs. Larry Flynt in 1996, and Andy Kaufman biopic Man on the Moon in 1999.

Milos Forman's eclectic filmography showcases Oscar-winning classics and an impressive range of interests, from historical figures to controversial themes, and always with a penchant for rebellious characters.

One of his last films was Goya's Ghosts in 2006, which was "an intricate examination of persecution in Spain in the era of religious persecution and Napoleonic conquest", as the Times described it.

He was a master filmmaker - no one better at capturing small unrepeatable moments of human behaviour.

Valmont star Meg Tilly also tweeted a tribute to Forman.

This left Forman to be raised by foster parents who sent him to film school in Prague. "Milos loved life. I will miss his laughter". I have seen One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest enough times to be able to silently mouth along with the movie. RIP.

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