It was a "Frasier" reunion at the 48th annual Hugo Television Awards at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel on April 19. Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival honored actor Kelsey Grammer with the lifetime achievement award, presented by his longtime "Frasier" co-star, John Mahoney.
Emcees Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini introduced International Film Festival/Hugo founder Michael Kutza. "It was funny thinking back to 1965, when Mr. Leo Burnett himself helped me start this TV festival, and now to see so many awards going to some fantastic Leo Burnett spots tonight," said Kutza. Ad agency Leo Burnett had the most wins of the night (24). The affair honored industry leaders and included screenings of winning TV commercials and television productions from Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and Spain.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the lifetime achievement award to"Boss"star Grammer. Mahoney presented the award saying, "I was thrilled to play Kelsey's father for 11 years on 'Frasier.' He never let the show deteriorate and directed many of the episodes."
Grammer's brother on the show, David Hyde Pierce, made a surprise video appearance, joking, "I am so frustrated that you're there tonight being honored and I can't stop them! Thank you for 'Frasier'; it brought such joy in my life."
An afterparty followed in the hotel's Filini bar, where Hugo winners celebrated and mingled with guests. Notables seen on the scene included Jeanne Malkin, Pat Perillo, Elysabeth Alfano, Cynthia King, Rich Varnes and Chris Burnham.
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