Our thoughts are with Finney's family and friends at this hard time.
From there, it would be almost 20 years since Finney was up for the industry's top acting prize.
Actor David Morrissey was among the first to pay tribute to Finney on Instagram and Twitter writing: "One of the true great".
Albert Finney, the five-time Oscar-nominated British actor who starred in the likes of Skyfall, Erin Brockovich, the original Murder on the Orient Express, and the Best Picture-winning Tom Jones, has died at age 82. A real hero of mine. "Hats off, sir. #AlbertFinney".
He grew up in Manchester, northwest England, and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
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The Saturday Night and Sunday Morning star refused a knighthood in 2000 as well as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1980.
Albert made his movie debut with a small part in The Entertainer in 1960. One of these came with his turn as Hercule Poirot in the 1974 adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, but in addition to his legendary onscreen work, Finney thrived on the stage with a number of theatrical performances.
He rose to fame as the star of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning which proved to be extremely popular with moviegoers.
British actor Albert Finney, who rose to fame on a post-war wave of gritty, working-class dramas and became an Oscar-nominated worldwide star, has died at the age of 82. His final screen role came in Sam Mendes' James Bond film Skyfall. In 2001, he was given BAFTA's Academy Fellowship award, which has been compared to a lifetime achievement Oscar. He was also celebrated for his performance as Winston Churchill in the BBC and HBO's 2002 TV film The Gathering Storm - the role saw him win Best Actor at the Golden Globes, Emmys, and BAFTAs.
The award-winning actor was married twice, having a son, Simon with his first wife Jane Wenham but the couple later divorced.