Cimino received critical acclaim for "The Deer Hunter," including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Director. The film, which earned a total of five Academy Awards, was also responsible for bringing now-stars Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, John Savage, John Cazale and Christopher Walken to the forefront.
Unfortunately, Cimino's work for his follow-up film, "Heaven's Gate," was highly critiqued. It is now known as one of the most famous flops in film history.
Film director, Guillermo Del Toro tweeted, "Say what you will about Michael Cimino but, when he was "on", he had more power, fierce intelligence and real vision, than most anyone else."