Nichols, Mike: AFI Achievement Award

Mike Nichols received the 2010 American Film Institute (AFI) Life Achievement Award.  Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI board, made the announcement Sunday. The award will be presented at a tribute in Los Angeles next summer.
This year, the AFI Life Achievement Award was presented to Michael Douglas.
“Mike Nichols’ artistry has spanned the mediums of modern storytelling — movies, television and the stage — and his gifts across five decades continue to inspire artists and audiences alike,” Stringer said in a statement.  “It is AFI’s honor to present him with its 38th Life Achievement Award.”
The AFI noted that Nichols is one of the few artists to have received the Oscar, the Emmy, the Tony and the Grammy, which he won for the 1960 Broadway show, “An Evening with Nichols and May.”  
Nichols directed Tony winners “Barefoot in the Park,” “The Odd Couple,” “Plaza Suite” and “The Prisoner of Second Avenue” and helmed his first feature in 1966 with “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” He won a directing Oscar for his next film, “The Graduate,” in 1967., and went on to direct “Catch-22,” “Carnal Knowledge,” “The Fortune,” “Silkwood,” “Working Girl,” “Primary Colors,” “Charlie Wilson’s War” and “Postcards from the Edge.”
Nichols won Emmys for “Wit” and “Angels in America” and took his sixth Tony Award in 2005 for “Spamalot.”