After more than six decades in show business, Minnelli has reached icon status. One of her most famous films, “Cabaret,” about the sexual decadence and political disregard in Berlin nightclubs during the 1930s, still holds resonance for the modern audience. “Cabaret” was directed by Bob Fosse, and under his direction, Minnelli won an Oscar for Best Leading Actress for her performance in the film. The Astaire Awards will also pay tribute to both Fosse and Gwen Verdon for their successful careers and work as choreographers.
Other awards Minnelli has received, in addition to the four Tonys, are a Grammy, two Golden Globe Awards, and an Emmy, making her one of the few performers who’s won all four awards. Minnelli is currently touring and performing concerts around the United States.
Started in 1982 by Fred Astaire and Daily News critic and writer Douglas Watt, the ceremony recognizes excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway and in film. Categories for the awards include: Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show, Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show, Outstanding Choreographer for a Broadway Show, Outstanding Choreographer for Film, and Outstanding Director for Dance Documentary.