"I do hope you've had a good time," actress Emma Thompson told Mike Nichols while saluting him during AFI's Life Achievement Award ceremony in 2010. Popular culture awoke to the news of the celebrated director's death on Thursday, and after 48 years in the business, steering such iconic films as "The Graduate," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "The Birdcage," it's likely that Mike Nichols had an excellent time.
Having worked with the crème de la crème of Hollywood (and collected EGOT status along the way), there's no shortage of star-studded tributes to the late director. Yet none are funnier or more heartfelt than those from AFI's showcase, where the likes of Nora Ephron and Dustin Hoffman regaled the audience with anecdotes of past collaboration with Nichols: