The late Oscar winner Mike Nichols' work seems echoed in awards-season films 'Birdman' and more

February 12, 2015 1:05 PM

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Mike Nichols' death in November was a shock in part because the Oscar, Tony and Emmy Award-winning director - he also won a Grammy, making for a rare EGOT - had come to seem like someone who would simply always be there, an immovable part of the cultural landscape. That also partly meant he was someone who had long been easy to take for granted.

And though his body of films is notable for how extremely well so many of them have aged, only improving with time, he has also emerged as something of a quiet, key presence hovering over this year's awards-season films.

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