The film world has lost a major talent with the recent passing of Mike Nicols.
He is one of only 12 people who can lay claim to having achieved the highly conveted EGOT and only one of 7 directors. This means you have won at least one in all of the four major entertainment awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. You can find the other winners here.
Two of his films are on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All time. They are Working Girl (1988) at #87 and Silkwood (1983) at #66. He has directed 17 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Elizabeth Taylor, Sandy Dennis, Richard Burton, George Segal, Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, Ann-Margret, Meryl Streep, Cher, Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Cusack, Kathy Bates, Natalie Portman, CliveOwen, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
He won more Tony's for best direction of a play than any one else, a record 6.
While paying tribute to Nichols during his 2003 Kennedy Center Honors, Meryl Streep and Candace Bergen read Nichols' "Five Rules for Filmmaking":
1: The careful application of terror is an important form of communication.
2: Anything worth fighting for is worth fighting dirty for.
3: There's absolutely no substitute for genuine lack of preparation.
4: If you think there's good in everybody, you haven't met everybody.
5: Friends may come and go, but enemies will certainly become studio heads.
We don't have all of his films in the system at the moment, so do look for Biloxi Blues, Silkwood, Heartburn and Catch 22, all well worth your time.
However we do have:
The Graduate; Working Girl; Charlie Wilson's War; Who's Afriad of Virgina Woolf; Primary Colors; Closer.