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Kelsey Grammer to be honored with Career Achievement Award at 48th Hugo Television Awards

Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival are pleased to announce that Kelsey Grammer will be presented with the CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the 48th Hugo Television Awards Ceremony on April 19 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago.

Best known for his award-winning role as Dr. Frasier Crane, among countless other roles, the evening’s tribute to actor/producer/director Kelsey Grammer will include highlights from his illustrious television career in addition to the Career Achievement Award presentation to Mr. Grammer in person.

Earlier this year, Mr. Grammer received the Golden Globe® for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Mayor Tom Kane in the Starz drama, BOSS. As Dr. Frasier Crane, Kelsey Grammer played the celebrated character in three television series (Wings, Cheers, and Frasier) for over 20 years, and has won four Emmys, two Golden Globes and a SAG Award and has received an unparalleled 16 Emmy nominations, eight Golden Globe nominations, and 16 SAG nominations.

“For decades Kelsey Grammer has entertained us - across genres and media he has proven himself to be a remarkable talent,” states Michael Kutza, Founder and Artistic Director of Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival. "From the stage to the screen, from behind the camera to our television, Grammer has provided audiences with some of our most beloved, iconic characters. We are thrilled to honor him for his television work at the Hugos.”


Presented by Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival, the 48th Hugo Television Awards will take place on Thursday April 19 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel with hosts Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini of ABC7 “Windy City LIVE”. The evening includes a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, followed by the Awards Ceremony in the main ballroom. Awards will be presented to the year’s winning television commercials and productions, as well as the Career Achievement Award to Kelsey Grammer and the Commitment to Excellence Award to OPTIMUS. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at or by calling 312-683-0121.

Major partners of the 48th Hugo Television awards include: American Airlines, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago, Mini of Chicago, Stella Artois, and evening partners WTTW, SCREEN, and ShutterBox Entertainment.


Now in its 48th year, the Hugo Television Awards is an annual international television competition culminating in an Awards Ceremony that honors the best television commercials and productions from around the world. Included in the evening program are the presentations of the Commitment to Excellence Award to individuals or companies that have had a lasting impact on the medium of television.

Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit arts and education organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Hugo Television Awards is one of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the Chicago International Film Festival, CineYouth Festival, Intercom Competition, International Summer Screenings Program, Black Perspectives and Education Outreach.