Gosford Park director dies
Known for taking the helm of ensemble films often with interconnecting, shorter stories, his last project was comedy drama A Prairie Home Companion starring Lindsay Lohan and Tommy Lee Jones.
In 2001, he directed Gosford Park, a mystery set at an old English country house. With a cast including Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Ryan Phillippe, Charles Dance and Kristin Scott Thomas, it was also nominated for two Oscars.
Although it won neither category it was shortlisted for, Altman last year received an honourary Oscar award after being nominated seven times since 1971 but never winning.
Other films by the celebrated director include The Player, the story of a Hollywood producer who finds himself at the mercy of the ruthless film industry.
Starring Tim Robbins, Whoopi Goldberg and Richard E. Grant, it won a number of Bafta awards in 1993.
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