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Oscar-winner Director István Szabó Refuses Lifetime Achievement Award after Criticisms of Communist Informant Past

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.02.26.

István Szabó, Hungary’s first director to win an Oscar, has refused the Hungarian Film Academy Association lifetime achievement award, the association said on Wednesday.

“The association takes note of, and respects, Szabó’s decision,” it said.

Szabó, whose Mephisto won an Academy Award in 1982, has been criticised for his role as a secret police informant during communist rule.

Featured photo by Zsolt Zih/MTVA