Mike Nichols, who won the best-director Academy Award for “The Graduate” and was nominated three other times, will receive the Directors Guild of America’s lifetime-achievement honor.
The guild will present the prize at its 56th annual awards ceremony Feb. 7.
“In his 37 years of directing films, Mike Nichols has brought millions of movie-goers into the theater,” said Michael Apted, the guild’s president. “He has done it with class, intelligence and always good humor.”
Nichols, 72, won the directing Oscar for 1967’s “The Graduate.” He also received Oscar nominations for best director with “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, “Silkwood” and “Working Girl.”
His other directing projects include “Primary Colors,” “The Birdcage,” “Postcards From the Edge” and the recent TV miniseries “Angels in America.”
Nichols joins past lifetime-achievement recipients such as Stanley Kubrick, Billy Wilder, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese.