Director Robert Altman Dies at 81

Iconoclastic film director Robert Altman has died at the age of 81.

The director, writer and producer was famous for ensemble productions — often featuring offbeat casting choices — and overlapping dialogue.

He was nominated for the Academy Award for best director fives times between 1971 and 2002 — for M*A*S*H, Nashville, The Player, Short Cuts and Gosford Park.

He received an honorary Oscar at the 78th Academy Awards in 2006 "for a career that has repeatedly reinvented the art form and inspired filmmakers and audiences alike."

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