The 38th AFI Life Achievement Award at Culver City's Sony Pictures Studios honored legendary director, comedian (and, ahem, University of Chicago alum) Mike Nichols. Obviously, everyone came out to honor him: not just Beatty and Spielberg, but Portman, Parker, Cher...

Steve and Kate were ostentatiously shaded in every picture.

Annette Bening gets the seamed bullet-bra effect.

Avert your eyes from Calista Flockhart's dress if you're prone to seizures.

Mary-Louise Parker goes for bondage embellishment and platforms; she somehow rocks it.

A neckline like this would have been statement enough - not that I begrudge Emma Thompson her attempt at warmth. Or, for that matter, embellishment.

I kind of respect that Candice Bergen is, essentially, in PJ's.

While, compared to some of her Bob Mackie tours de forces of years past, Cher's getup is downright demure, her vest-pocketwatch situation still commands attention.

Perhaps my least favorite of all Natalie Portman's outfits, ever. This one is vaguely reminiscent of an ensemble a mom might buy her daughter for the Bar Mitzvah season. At least my mom.

As de facto First Lady of the evening, Diane Sawyer is regal, vaguely Deco, and slightly sci-fi.



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