The Tony Awards 2013 nominations were announced earlier today. Missing in action is a whole array of film celebrities, though a few managed to be included in this year’s shortlist. (See also: “Tony Awards 2013: Scarlett Johansson, Sigourney Weaver, Jessica Chastain ’Snubbed.’“)
Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, Forrest Gump) is in the running for Best Actor in a Play for Lucky Guy, which is also up for the Best Play Tony Award. Written by Nora Ephron, who directed Hanks and Meg Ryan in two of their biggest box office hits, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail, Lucky Guy traces the rise, fall, and rebirth of New York tabloid columnist Mike McAlary. Ephron, among whose other film credits include the Meryl Streep / Amy Adams comedy Julie & Julia and, as a screenwriter, the Billy Crystal / Meg Ryan hit When Harry Met Sally…, died of cancer last year.
Tom Hanks’ fellow Best Actor in a Play contenders are Nathan Lane (The Birdcage) for The Nance, David Hyde Pierce (Nixon) for Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike, Tom Sturridge (On the Road, Effie, Waiting for Forever) for Orphans, and Tracy Letts for the latest Broadway revival of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (in the role that earned Richard Burton a Best Actor Academy Award nomination in 1966).
Tony Awards 2013: Cicely Tyson vying for Best Actress in a Play
Cicely Tyson, a 1972 Best Actress Academy Award nominee for Martin Ritt’s drama Sounder, was shortlisted for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for the revival of Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful. Tyson stars as an old woman who yearns to return to her old hometown, a role that earned Geraldine Page an Academy Award in early 1986. Tyson’s co-stars are Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr (Tom Cruise’s pal in Jerry Maguire) and Vanessa L. Williams (most recently seen on screen in Tyler Perry’s Temptation).
Cicely Tyson’s Best Actress in a Play competitors are Kristine Nielsen for Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike; Laurie Metcalf (Toy Story movies) as a neurologist on the brink in The Other Place; Holland Taylor as former Texas governor Ann Richards in Ann; and Amy Morton for Who’s Afraid in Virginia Woolf?, in the role that earned Elizabeth Taylor a Best Actress Oscar in early 1967.
Other Tony Awards 2013 nominations
Besides Lucky Guy, the other three contenders for Best Play are Colm Tóibín’s controversial The Testament of Mary, which curiously didn’t earn a nod for star Fiona Shaw; Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike; and Richard Greenberg’s The Assembled Parties.
Up for Best Revival of a Play are Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy, made into a movie in 1939, directed by Rouben Mamoulian, and starring Barbara Stanwyck and William Holden; The Trip to Bountiful; Lyle Kessler’s Orphans; and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. A 1987 movie adaptation of Orphans starred Albert Finney, Matthew Modine, and Kevin Anderson.
The Best Musical Tony Award nominees are Bring It On: The Musical, based on the 2000 movie starring Kirsten Dunst; Kinky Boots, based on the 2005 movie starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Joel Edgerton, and with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper; A Christmas Story, The Musical; and Matilda The Musical.
Up for Best Revival of a Musical are Annie, which became a 1982 movie directed by John Huston, and featuring Albert Finney and Carol Burnett; The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which was turned into a now largely forgotten 1935 movie starring Claude Rains and David Manners; Pippin, from the immensely popular ’70s musical directed by Bob Fosse (Cabaret); and Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
In the running for Best Actor in a Musical are Bertie Carvel for Matilda The Musical; Santino Fontana for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella; Rob McClure for his incarnation of silent film legend Charles Chaplin in Chaplin (Iron Man 3’s Robert Downey Jr was nominated for an Oscar for playing Chaplin in Richard Attenborough’s movie of the same name); and Billy Porter and Stark Sands for Kinky Boots.
The Best Actress in a Musical contenders are Stephanie J. Block for The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Carolee Carmello as an Aimee Semple McPherson-like evangelist in Scandalous, with book and lyrics by television host Kathie Lee Gifford (Jean Simmons played a Semple McPherson-like evangelist in Richard Brooks’ 1960 drama Elmer Gantry); Valisia LeKae in Motown the Musical; Patina Miller in Pippin; and Laura Osnes in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
Contenders in the various supporting categories include Carrie Coon for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, in the role that earned Sandy Dennis an Academy Award; veteran Keith Carradine (Nashville) in the musical Hands on a Hardbody; Will Chase in The Mystery of Edwin Drood; and Judith Ivey in The Heiress, in the old Miriam Hopkins (1949) and Maggie Smith (1997) roles. (See also Tony Awards 2013 potential ’Hollywood’ contenders and Tony Awards 2013 Hollywood-Broadway connection.)
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