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Filmmaker Mike Nichols Honored at AFI

June 12, 2010, 3:35 am GMT

Stars like Jack Nicholson and Julia Roberts attended the American Film Institute event to witness Nichols being handed Lifetime Achievement Award.

Diane Sawyer, Mike Nichols

Moviemaker Mike Nichols was the focus of a star-studded ceremony in California on Thursday, June 10 night as he picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. Actors including Harrison Ford, Jack Nicholson, Julia Roberts and Helen Mirren turned out to honor The Graduate director at the event, held at the Sony Pictures Studio in Culver City.

The 78-year-old Oscar-winner was presented with the coveted prize by Meryl Streep, and admitted he was deeply honored by the tribute, saying, "Something like this, you look back and you remember everything that happened, all the people and all the fun you had and all the laughs you had... it's a nice way to make a living."

Last year's winner of the award, Michael Douglas, later joked about the event, telling Entertainment Tonight, "The American Film Institute in particular, when you look at the roster of people you're surrounded with, obviously they set the bar kind of low last year. Now we're getting back up to where it should be: someone like Mike Nichols."

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