Great Performances: Dance in America: From Broadway: Fosse (2001) - News Poster


DGA honors 'Chicago,' 'Fosse' and all that jazz

The late Bob Fosse may not have won an award from the Directors Guild of America for his feature film work, but his spirit seemed to hover over the DGA's 55th Annual Awards as first-time feature director Rob Marshall took home the top prize for his screen adaptation of Chicago, which Fosse originally created on Broadway in 1975. In addition, From Broadway: Fosse, presented by PBS' "Great Performances: Dance in America," earned the DGA's award for outstanding directorial achievement in a musical variety program for its director Matthew Diamond. Marshall's victory Saturday night at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City had to be considered something of an upset as Harvey Weinstein, co-chief of Miramax, while supporting Chicago, has been even more vocal in his hopes that Martin Scorsese will be recognized for directing awards for his work on Gangs of New York, which Miramax also produced. "I first have to thank the DGA for this unbelievable welcome -- it's astounding to me," a slightly stunned Marshall said. "I have to pay tribute to the original creator of this -- Bob Fosse on stage," he continued before going on citing such directors of movie musicals as Vincente Minnelli, Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly, Herbert Ross and Robert Wise who'd inspired him. "I'm here because of them -- because I watched their work and studied their work and loved their work." Beyond ratifying the return of the movie musical this year, the DGA award is significant because it is considered a fairly accurate harbinger of the best director Academy Award. On only five occasions since the creation of the DGA Awards 1949 has the winner of the DGA award failed to win the Academy Award.

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