Actress Angela Bassett ( What's Love Got to Do with It, Malcolm X, Notorious ) was honored at The Theatre School at DePaul University's 21st Annual Awards for Excellence in the Arts on April 28 at the Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware.
The Oscar-nominated Bassett accepted the 2009 Award for Excellence in the Arts. Director/actor Dennis Dugan ( I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Big Daddy ) received the 2009 Alumni Award for Excellence in the Arts. Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon ( Revolutionary Road ) dedicated his award to his late father, Donald S. Shannon, who was an accounting professor at DePaul University, according to BroadwayWorld.com . At the night's end, the gala raised over $375,000 for the theatre school's scholarship fund. Photos by Kat Fitzgerald ( MysticImagesPhotography.com )