11/20/2014 10:32 am ET Updated Nov 20, 2014

Watch Meryl Streep, Robin Williams And Other Stars Pay Tribute To Mike Nichols

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"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:

Nora Ephron


Robin Williams

Dustin Hoffman

Jack Nicholson

Julia Roberts

Emma Thompson

Natalie Portman

Meryl Streep

Shirley MacLaine

Mary-Louise Parker

Elaine May

Harrison Ford

Candice Bergen

Aaron Sorkin

Calista Flockhart

Warren Beatty

Annette Bening

Michael Douglas



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