The 2011 Tony Award nominations were announced this morning. Often called "the Oscars of Broadway," it's a fitting comparison, considering in recent years the Rialto awards could easily have been confused for Hollywood's biggest night: Last year Catherine Zeta-Jones, Denzel Washington, and Scarlett Johansson all walked away with awards. But this year is a different story, marked chiefly by the snub in Best Actor in a Musical favorite Daniel Radcliffe, whose performance in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying was considered a frontrunner to win.
The nominations were led by The Book of Mormon, an irreverent musical by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker that earned 14 nods. There is a handful of A-list actors who made the cut: Al Pacino (Best Actor in a Play, The Merchant of Venice), Edie Falco (Best Featured Actress in a Play, House of Blue Leaves), Ellen Barkin (Best Featured Actress in a Play, The Normal Heart). But a large number of boldfaced names were passed over—Robin Williams, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Kiefer Sutherland, The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons, Tate Donovan, James Earl Jones, Kathleen Turner—disproving critics' theory that any Hollywood actor that hit the boards would automatically be rewarded with a Tony nod.
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which was without a doubt the year's biggest Broadway story, was ineligible—because it never officially opened. The major nominations are below:
The Motherf**ker with the Hat
The Book of Mormon
Catch Me If You Can
The Scottsboro Boys
Best Revival of a Play
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Merchant of Venice
The Normal Heart
Best Revival of a Musical
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Brian Bedford, The Importance of Being Earnest
Bobby Cannavale, The Motherf**ker with the Hat
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Al Pacino, The Merchant of Venice
Mark Rylance, Jerusalem
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Nina Arianda, Born Yesterday
Frances McDormand, Good People
Lily Rabe, The Merchant of Venice
Vanessa Redgrave, Driving Miss Daisy
Hannah Yelland, Brief Encounter
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Norbert Leo Butz, Catch Me If You Can
Josh Gad, The Book of Mormon
Joshua Henry, The Scottsboro Boys
Andrew Rannells, The Book of Mormon
Tony Sheldon, Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Sutton Foster, Anything Goes
Beth Leavel, Baby It's You!
Patina Miller, Sister Act
Donna Murphy, The People in the Picture
Read the full list at the Tony Awards website.
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