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A Prolific Director – Mike Nichols


 
The American Theater Wing's Tony Award goes to Mike Nichols.
And the Emmy goes to Mike Nichols.
The winner is Mike Nichols.
One of America’s most prolific and decorated directors, Mike Nichols was among a handful of people to win an Oscar, a Tony, an Emmy and a Grammy.
“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me.”
His second film, The Graduate, launched Dustin Hoffman’s career and cemented Nichols’ own reputation in Hollywood.
Until this moment, my greatest pleasure in The Graduate was making it. It’s a picture made by a group and we cared for each other and we cared for what we were doing. So, this award - quite literally - belongs to them at least as much as it does to me.
In the decades that followed came more social commentaries on America. There was Silkwood.
“I said Thelma is cooked.”
The Birdcage, Primary Colors, and, Charlie Wilson’s War.
“What is the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan?”
“Well, strictly speaking, we don’t have one but we’re working hard on that.”
“Who’s we?”
“Me and three other guys.”
On Broadway he once had four shows running at the same time. Most recently he won a Tony for the revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, this time starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
I have to thank Rebecca Miller because she trusted us to do Arthur Miller’s greatest play and I got to do his play and I got to do it with a cast straight from heaven.
Among his colleagues he’s remembered as witty, driven and forceful – sometimes too forceful – but always grateful in the end.
And I’d also like to wish my mother a happy birthday.
Max and Jenny, go to bed!
I have to thank the most amazing company… my gorgeous, amazing wife. And I agree with you, she could have done a lot better but she is my luck. And Max and Jenny, you don’t have to go to bed. Thank you.

Source: nytimes


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