OSCAR-winning director Mike Nichols is the latest film-maker to be given the DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA'S (DGA) LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD.

When he receives the gong next month (FEB03), the 72-year-old German-born WORKING GIRL director will join a prestigious group of 30 which includes legends like Steven Spielberg, Frank Capra, Billy Wilder and Woody Allen.

DGA president Michael Apted explains their choice, "There is hardly an entertainment medium that Mike Nichols hasn't pioneered and mastered. In his 37 years of directing films, Mike Nichols has brought millions of movie-goers into the theatre. He has done it with class, intelligence, and always good humour.

"It's the absolute brilliance that he brought to feature film directing from day one, with his debut of WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? followed a year later by his DGA and Oscar-winning direction of The Graduate, that propels us to honour his legacy to motion pictures."

06/01/2004 13:29