Network

Network
Drama

1976

Director: Sidney Lumet Cast: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, Wesley Addy, Ned Beatty, Beatrice Straight, Arthur Burghardt, Jordan Charney, Conchata Ferrell, Darryl Hickman

Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Peter Finch); Best Actress in a Leading Role (Faye Dunaway); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Beatrice Straight); Best Original Screenplay (Paddy Chayefsky)

Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (William Holden); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Ned Beatty); Best Director (Sidney Lumet); Best Cinematography; Best Film Editing

I First Saw In: 2015

Synopsis: A television network exploits a deranged former anchor’s ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.

Did You Know? Peter Finch became the first winner of a posthumous acting Oscar for this film.

Quotables: HOWARD: I’m mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!

And now a Word from the Guise:
Network is a shooting star of brilliance. It’s media telling its audience not to listen to the media. Faye Dunaway is the greedy producer, Peter Finch is the cynical and evangelical news anchor, and we are the bleating sheep, blindly following both of them. We are all stalwart servants to social media and television. Then a prophet comes along to denounce the stranglehold that it all has on us, and we loudly express our outrage for having been duped. But in the end, we’re accept it, because otherwise we have to deal with life.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233

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