Oscar-winning director Milos Forman dead at 86

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Known for his politically acute and satire-laden filmmaking, Forman's best-known movies include One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and Amadeus (1984), both of which won him the Academy Award for Best Director.

Forman's wife Martina told the Czech news agency CTK that Forman died Friday in CT after a short illness. He passed away quietly, surrounded by his family and his closest people, she said. 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 film was a huge success, earning nine Oscar nominations and winning five - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress. That wouldn't happen again until The Silence of the Lambs in 1991. Several of his early films, including 1964's "Black Peter" and the 1967 satire "The Fireman's Ball", were banned by Czech authorities.

He received a third Oscar nomination for his 1996 film, "The People vs. Larry Flynt", a raucous and randy account of the First Amendment battles of Hustler magazines publisher Larry Flynt, who was played by Woody Harrelson. In 1998 he won the Czech Lion for his contributions to Czech cinema, and was honored with a Humane Letters doctorate from Columbia University in 2015.

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In 1974, Forman was given a second chance to make an "American" film.

He wrote on Twitter: "Very sad to hear that the great director Milos Forman has passed away".

The director, who worked meticulously, spending months with screenwriters and overseeing every aspect of production, didn't release another film until 1979's "Hair".

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His next film, A Blonde in Love - inspired by a real-life incident in which Forman came across a young woman who had been duped and abandoned by a lover - established the free-wheeling, semi-documentary style that became his trademark in this period and made Forman a key figure in the burgeoning Czech new wave.

Shortly after, Forman moved to the U.S.

Forman, by then an American citizen, returned to film the drama nearly entirely in Czechoslovakia. He also shot a film version, released internationally in 2009.

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