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.