They Like Mike: Cher, Calista & Candice Celebrate Nichols At AFI Event

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...

They Like Mike: Cher, Calista & Candice Celebrate Nichols At AFI Event

Steve and Kate were ostentatiously shaded in every picture.


They Like Mike: Cher, Calista & Candice Celebrate Nichols At AFI Event

Annette Bening gets the seamed bullet-bra effect.


They Like Mike: Cher, Calista & Candice Celebrate Nichols At AFI Event

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


They Like Mike: Cher, Calista & Candice Celebrate Nichols At AFI Event

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


They Like Mike: Cher, Calista & Candice Celebrate Nichols At AFI Event

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


They Like Mike: Cher, Calista & Candice Celebrate Nichols At AFI Event

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


They Like Mike: Cher, Calista & Candice Celebrate Nichols At AFI Event

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.


They Like Mike: Cher, Calista & Candice Celebrate Nichols At AFI Event

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.


They Like Mike: Cher, Calista & Candice Celebrate Nichols At AFI Event

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

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