Oscar-winning director Milos Forman dies at 86

Forman won a Best Director Oscar for

Film lovers are mourning director Milos Forman, who won Oscars for One Few Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus.

He was "a great director" with "a tremendous filmography", Wright wrote on Twitter.

Forman was born in the Czech town of Caslav on February 18, 1932.

Forman's other English-language films included 1996's The People vs Larry Flynt, which earned him his third best director Oscar nomination, and 1999's Man on the Moon.

However, it was during the 1960s that Forman became a well-recognized film director for "Loves of a Blonde" and "The Firemen's Ball", both of which were also nominated for the Oscars in the best foreign film category. "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", is by far his most popular and highly appreciated film till date.

Forman was born in 1932 in Czechoslovakia.

Forman helmed the adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel "Cuckoo's Nest" and it went on to become a critically acclaimed film in 1975.

The director followed that with Hair and 1981's Ragtime before Amadeus, a look at the life of 18th Century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart through the eyes of his rival Antonio Salieri.

Czech director Milos Forman talks after being presented with the "Giraldillo" award for his life-long career achievements at Sevilla Festival Film in Seville, Spain November 6, 2004.

Forman, the anti-authoritarian director who left his native Czechoslovakia for creative freedom in the U.S., was also known for two biopics - "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996) and "Man on the Moon" (1999).

"No matter what subject or genre he tackles, MiloŇ° finds the universality of the human experience in every story, allowing us - his rapt audience - to recognize ourselves within the struggle for free expression and self-determination that MiloŇ° so aptly portrays on the silver screen", former DGA President Taylor Hackford had said.

The news was confirmed by his third wife, Martine, to a Czech News Agency. "He passed away quietly, surrounded by his family and his closest people", she said.

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