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Hollywood be damned: The Tony Awards are all about a race between a magical little girl who likes to read and a drag queen who helps save a shoe factory. Two musicals, Kinky Boots and Matilda the Musical, led the nominations—Broadway's biggest, which were announced this morning—with 13 and 12 nominations, respectively. On the play side of things, many movie stars who appeared on the stage this year were shut out, but one particularly big one, Tom Hanks, was nominated for his performance as journalist Mike McAlary in Nora Ephron's posthumously produced Lucky Guy. Movie stars who took to the stage and didn't make the cut include: Sigourney Weaver, who was one of only two members of the cast of Christopher Durang's Chekhov-inspired farce Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike not to get nominated; and Alec Baldwin, who's costar in Orphans, Tom Sturridge, did snag a nomination. Even Bette Midler, who won good reviews for her one woman show I'll Eat You Last, didn't get an honor. Others who missed out: Alan Cumming for his one man Macbeth, Al Pacino for Glengarry Glen Ross, Jessica Chastain for The Heiress, Cuba Gooding Jr. for The Trip to Bountiful, and Scarlett Johansson for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.  

Matilda would have caught up to Kinky Boots in terms of number of nominations had the four little girls playing the title role not been ruled ineligible for the best actress prize as the New York Times reported. The girls will instead get a special award: "Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater." So which one has the best chance of taking home the big prize? Patrick Healy of the Times gives it to Matilda, which "has the sort of critical acclaim and pedigree (a Royal Shakespeare Theater production; the winner of a record seven Olivier Awards, London’s version of the Tonys) that tend to appeal to Tony voters." Healy also draws attention to arguably the most competitive category: Best Actress in a Play. 

The nominations were announced by two current television stars with Broadway histories: Sutton Foster and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Here are the key prizes up for grabs: 

Best Play
The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg
Lucky Guy by Nora Ephron
The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang

Best Musical
Bring It On: The Musical
A Christmas Story, The Musical
Kinky Boots
Matilda The Musical

Best Revival of a Play
Golden Boy
The Trip to Bountiful
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 

Best Revival of a Musical
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Rogers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

Best Direction of a Play
Pam MacKinnon, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Nicholas Martin, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Bartlett Sher, Golden Boy
George C. Wolfe, Lucky Guy

Best Direction of a Musical
Scott Ellis, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots
Diane Paulus, Pippin
Matthew Warchus, Matilda

Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Laurie Metcalf, The Other Place
Amy Morton, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 
Kristine Nielsen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Holland Taylor, Ann
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful

Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Tom Hanks, Lucky Guy
Nathan Lane, The Nance
Tracy Letts, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
David Hyde Pierce, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Tom Sturridge, Orphans

Best Featured Actress in a Play
Carrie Coon, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 
Shalita Grant, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Judith Ivey, The Heiress
Judith Light, The Assembled Parties
Condola Rashad, The Trip to Bountiful

Best Featured Actor in a Play
Danny Burstein, Golden Boy
Richard Kind, The Big Knife
Billy Magnussen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Tony Shaloub, Golden Boy
Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy

Best Actress in a Leading Role Musical
Stephanie J. Block, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Carolee Carmello, Scandalous
Valisia LeKae, Motown: The Musical
Patina Miller, Pippin
Laura Osnes, Cinderella

Best Actor in a Leading Role Musical
Bertie Carvel, Matilda
Santino Fontana, Cinderella
Rob McClure, Chaplin
Billy Porter, Kinky Boots
Stark Sands, Kinky Boots

Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Annaleigh Ashford, Kinky Boots
Victoria Clark, Cinderella
Andrea Martin, Pippin
Keala Settle, Hands on a Hardbody
Lauren Ward, Matilda

Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Charl Brown, Motown: The Musical
Keith Carradine, Hands on a Hardbody
Will Chase, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Gabriel Ebert, Matilda
Terrence Mann, Pippin

Best Book of a Musical 
Joseph Robinette, A Christmas Story
Harvey Fierstein, Kinky Boots
Dennis Kelly, Matilda
Douglas Carter Beane, Cinderella

Original Score
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, A Christmas Story
Music: Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green, Lyrics: Amanda Green, Hands on a Hardbody
Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots
Tim Minchin, Matilda

See the rest over at the Tony's website. The show is on June 9. 

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