Sunday, April 15, 2012

Liza Minnelli to Receive Douglas Watt Award

Tony, Emmy, Oscar, and Grammy Award-winner Liza Minnelli will soon be able to add another trophy to her shelves when she receives the 2012 Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award at the 30th annual Fred and Adele Astaire Awards.  According to the press release I read on, "The award will be presented on June 4 at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Astaire Award nominees will be announced on May 7."

Minnelli has won two Tony awards, both as Best Leading Actress in a Musical.  The first was in 1965 for Flora, the Red Menace and the second in 1978 for The Act.  She was nominated for a third time in the same category in 1984 for The Rink.  Her one-woman tribute to her godmother Kay Thompson, Liza's at the Palace ... ! won the Tony for Best Special Theatrical Event in 2009 and Liza received a special Tony in 1974 for “adding lustre to the Broadway season”.

Liza had similar success on screens big and small.  She was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar in 1970 for The Sterile Cuckoo and won in the same category in 1973 for Cabaret.  Minnelli was also nominated for 5 Golden Globes for Best Actress (4 for comedy/musical and 1 for drama) for 1970's The Sterile Cuckoo, 1973's Cabaret (for which she won), 1976's Lucky Lady, 1978's New York, New York, and 1982's Arthur.  She also won a Golden Globe on her 6th nomination for Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for A Time to Live.

Minnelli has 5 Emmy nominations to her credit, including one win in 1973 in the category of Outstanding Single Program – Variety and Popular Music for her Bob Fosse-directed concert Liza With a 'Z'.  She also won a Grammy Living Legend Award for Contributions and Influence in the Recording Field in 1990 and was nominated for two competitive awards for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album -- for 1997's Gently and for 2010's Liza's at the Palace ... !.  In 2008, she was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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