But long before Becky struggled with ratings, their was the winner of four Academy Awards (and six further nominations), Sidney Lumet's 'Network.'
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Sidney Lumet, iconic director of films like '12 Angry Men,' 'Serpico' and 'Running on Empty'
Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, Ned Beatty
This '70s satire focuses on a news anchor about to be phased out for skewing "old," who decides to announce to the world -- on air before he goes -- that he will kill himself during his final broadcast. Network heads want to can him then and there, but an ambitious exec (Dunaway) turns it all into a special event.
- This is the film that offered one of Hollywood's greatest movie lines: "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!"
- Beatrice Straight won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress -- for one of the shortest performances in Oscar history.
- The only music in the film comes from themes and commercials on the network -- there's no score or soundtrack.
- James Stewart turned down a chance to be in the film due to its strong language.
- Peter Finch was the first actor to receive an Oscar posthumously -- the next, you might remember -- was Heath Ledger.