Mike Nichols 1931-2014

A big loss for the industry today, as director Mike Nichols passed away at age 83. One of the Hollywood directing giants who came into his own in the 1960's, whose filmography included Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf?, The Graduate (for which he won the directing Oscar), Catch-22, Carnal Knowledge, Silkwood, Working Girl, The Birdcage, Primary Colors, Closer, and Charlie Wilson's War, as well as the famed HBO miniseries Angels in America. He was a veteran of the theater, where he mounted the original productions of Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple, and before that was one half of the legendary comedy duo Nichols & May, with longtime collaborator Elaine May. Nichols is one of the select group of people to be called an EGOT winner, having won the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. He also received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2010. He's survived by his wife of 26 years, ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer.

Winning Best Director for The Graduate in 1968:

A classic Nichols & May sketch "At the Watercooler" from 1958: