Mike Nichols – A Tribute

Mike NicholsAcademy Award winning director Mike Nichols sadly passed away on Wednesday 19 November, aged 83.

His directing career began on Broadway where he worked with Walter Matthau in the stage version of The Odd Couple and Robert Redford in Barefoot in the Park.

His film directorial debut came in 1966 with the film Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. This success was quickly followed in 1967 with The Graduate, starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft, for which Nichols won the Academy Award for Best Director. His next feature film was the big budget film adaptation of Catch-22(1970) and although the film was not an overnight success, it has garnered a cult following over the years.

During the 1980s his career continued with Silkwood (1983), starring Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell and Cher, and he received his third Academy Award Best Director nomination. This was followed by Working Girl (1988) with Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver and Melanie Griffith, and another Best Director nomination.

In the 1990s Nichols directed the Academy Award winning film Postcards from the Edge (1990) with Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine, The Birdcage (1996) with Robin Williams and Gene Hackman and Primary Colors (1998) starring John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Billy Bob Thornton and Kathy Bates.

His last feature film was Charlie Wilson’s War (2007) starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts but he continued to work in television and on Broadway.

When asked about The Graduate in an interview, Nichols was quoted as saying that he was “just trying to make a nice little movie….it wasn’t until when I saw it all put together that I realised this was something remarkable.”

Indeed it was.

 

 

 

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