Forman won Oscars in Directing for both Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, both films which by no coincidence feature non-conformist, subversive leads, mirroring the filmmaker's own outlook on the world. Forman said himself, "I lived long enough in a society where freedom of speech was nonexistent, and I know what kind of misery that creates—starting with the fact that life becomes very boring for people who just try to survive, and are quiet, and try not to buck the system. And, of course, it can be devastating for people who try to speak against it." 

R.I.P. Milos Forman.

Forever grateful to Milos Forman for putting a brother on in Ragtime in 1980! I learned a ton & hung out with James Cagney, a lot! RIP, you were a Master story teller.

— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) April 16, 2018

The film community remembers 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' Milos Forman, who died at age 86

— Variety (@Variety) April 15, 2018

RIP Miloš Forman, thank you for bringing us incredible films like One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus

— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) April 14, 2018

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is one of my favorite films of all time. Blatantly steal from it in #Glass. Milos Forman was a true artist.

— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) April 14, 2018

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