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Mike Nichols named to receive AFI's 38th Life Achievement Award

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October 12, 2009|Susan King

Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols has been selected by the American Film Institute Board of Trustees to receive the 38th annual AFI Life Achievement Award.

The 77-year-old filmmaker joins directors John Ford, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese, among others, who have received the AFI's highest honor for a career in film.

Nichols' first Oscar nomination came with 1966's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" The following year, he won the Oscar for "The Graduate." His other directing credits include 1971's "Carnal Knowledge," 1983's "Silkwood," 1988's "Working Girl" and 1998's "Primary Colors."

Nichols, one of only 10 individuals who have won Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony awards, said in a statement Sunday: "I am surprised and pleased. 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."

Nichols will receive the Life Achievement Award at a gala tribute next summer in Los Angeles.

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susan.king@latimes.com

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