Fosse's unparalleled winning streak culminated at the 25th annual Emmy Awards on May 20, 1973.
It had never been done before—and it hasn't been done since. In the space of less than two months in 1973, Bob Fosse won two Tonys for his work on Pippin, an Oscar for directing Cabaret and three Emmys for his work on Liza Minnelli's acclaimed special, Liza with a Z. That's three-quarters of an EGOT in about the time many men go between haircuts.
The sweep began at the Tonys on March 25, where Fosse won best direction of a musical and best choreography. It continued at the Oscars two days later, where Fosse won best director, in an upset over Francis Ford Coppola, the director of The Godfather. Accepting the Oscar, Fosse wryly noted, "Being characteristically a pessimist and cynic, this and some of the other nice things that have happened to me in the last couple of days may turn me into sort of a hopeful optimist and ruin my whole life."
The winning streak culminated at the 25th annual Emmy Awards on May 20, where Fosse won outstanding single program—variety or musical, directing for a variety special and outstanding choreography.