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Nichols Takes AFI Prize

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire October 12, 2009 at 2:44AM

Director Mike Nichols has been selected by the American Film Institute's Board of Trustees to receive the 38th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Nichols at a gala tribute in Los Angeles next summer.
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Director Mike Nichols has been selected by the American Film Institute's Board of Trustees to receive the 38th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Nichols at a gala tribute in Los Angeles next summer.

"I'm surprised and pleased," Nichols said in a statement. "The AFI award is truly an honor. I feel very blessed. I was watching 'The Graduate' on my Blackberry last week and it really holds up."

TV Land will broadcast the 38th AFI Life Achievement Award tribute on TV Land PRIME.

Nichols is s one of the few artists to have received the Oscar, the Emmy, the Tony and the Grammy. Some of his most celebrated work includes "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "The Graduate," "Catch 22," "Carnal Knowledge," "Silkwood," "Working Girl," "Postcards From The Edge," "The Birdcage," "Primary Colors," "Angels in America," "Closer" and "Charlie Wilson's War."

Recent winners of the AFI Life Achievement Award, created in 1973, include Meryl Streep, Sean Connery, Al Pacino, Warren Beatty and Michael Douglas.