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Scarlett Johansson, Eddie Redmayne: Tony Awards

Eddie Redmayne, Alfred Molina, Red Mark Rothko
Alfred Molina, Eddie Redmayne, Red

June 13 update: Hollywood took over Broadway at the 2010 Tony Awards. Or almost. Presenters included Daniel Radcliffe and Academy Award winner Helen Mirren, while Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Catherine Zeta-Jones are now Tony winners as well. And so are Scarlett Johansson and (for the second time) Broadway-to-Hollywood-to-Broadway Oscar nominee Viola Davis.

Fences, a revival of August Wilson's 1987 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning play earned Best Actor and Best Actress in a Play laurels for, respectively, Denzel Washington (in James Earl Jones' Tony-winning role) and Viola Davis. (Full list of 2010 Tony Award winners.)

Davis' previous Tony win, for Best Featured Actress, was for King Hedley II (2001), also written by August Wilson. She'd also been nominated in that same category for Wilson's Seven Guitars (1996).

Catherine Zeta-Jones was the Best Actress in a Musical for the revival of Hugh Wheeler's A Little Night Music, itself based on a (non-Hollywood) movie, Ingmar Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night. Lesley Anne-Down, Diana Rigg, and Elizabeth Taylor starred in Harold Prince's (unsuccessful) 1977 film adaptation.

Scarlett Johansson's Tony was for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play, a revival of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge – which also happened to be Johansson's Broadway debut. Sidney Lumet directed the 1962 film adaptation, which starred Raf Vallone, Jean Sorel, and Maureen Stapleton.

Drama Desk Award winner Red, a two-character drama about the relationship between abstract painter Mark Rothko (played by Alfred Molina) and his (fictional) assistant/aspiring artist (Eddie Redmayne), was chosen the Best Play. Oscar nominee John Logan – for Gladiator and The Aviator – wrote Red. In his Broadway debut, Redmayne, who played opposite Kristen Stewart in The Yellow Handkerchief, was the Best Featured Actor in a Play.

The Best Musical Revival Tony went to La Cage aux folles. Édouard Molinaro's 1979 film adaptation of the gay-themed comedy, starring Ugo Tognazzi and Michel Serrault, earned three Academy Award nominations, including one for director Molinaro.

Tony presenter Nathan Lane, who stole Bob Hope's old Oscar joke “as we call it in my house, Passover,” starred in the 1986 US remake of La Cage aux folles, The Birdcage. This year, Lane went nominationless for The Addams Family.

Memphis, an interethnic love story set in Memphis in the early days of rock, was the Best Musical. Can't think of a movie connection right now, but there's probably one somewhere.

Photo: Red (Johan Persson)

June 10: Viola Davis, Laura Linney, Valerie Harper, Linda Lavin, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Liev Schreiber, Rosemary Harris, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken, Alfred Molina, Denzel Washington, Kelsey Grammer, and veteran Angela Lansbury are some of the well-known film and television personalities up for a Tony Award this year. Eight of the aforementioned names have either won or been nominated for Academy Awards.

Among the non-nominees expected to attend the show in some capacity or other are Daniel Radcliffe, Anthony LaPaglia, Tony Shalhoub, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Katie Holmes, Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, and the punk rock band Green Day.

Nominated new plays, musicals, and revivals include In the Next Room or the vibrator play, American Idiot, A View from the Bridge, Red, A Little Night Music, Finian's Rainbow, The Royal Family, Next Fall, Fences, La Cage aux Folles, Ragtime, and Memphis.

CBS will broadcast Broadway's big night at 8 p.m. on Sunday, right from Radio City Musical Hall. Will & Grace's Sean Hayes, a best actor in a musical nominee, will host the ceremony.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY: Scarlett Johansson, A View From the Bridge.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY: Eddie Redmayne, Red.

BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY: Michael Grandage, Red.

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL: Terry Johnson, La Cage aux Folles.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Katie Finneran, Promises, Promises.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Levi Kreis, Million Dollar Quartet.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY: Viola Davis, Fences.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAY: Denzel Washington, Fences.

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL: La Cage aux Folles.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Catherine Zeta-Jones, A Little Night Music.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Douglas Hodge, La Cage aux Folles.

BEST MUSICAL: Memphis.

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Bill T. Jones, Fela!

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY: Fences.

BEST PLAY: Red.

BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL: Memphis.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATERMemphis

BEST ORCHESTRATIONS: Daryl Waters and David Bryan, Memphis.

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY: Christopher Oram, Red.

BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Christine Jones, American Idiot.

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY: Catherine Zuber, The Royal Family.

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Marina Draghici, Fela!

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY: Neil AustinRed.

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Kevin Adams, American Idiot.

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY: Adam Cork, Red.

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A MUSICAL: Robert Kaplowitz, Fela!

SPECIAL TONY AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN THE THEATER: Alan Ayckbourn and Marian Seldes.

REGIONAL THEATER TONY AWARD: The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Waterford, Conn.

ISABELLE STEVENSON AWARD: David Hyde Pierce.

TONY HONORS FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE THEATER: B.H. Barry and Tim Viola.

 

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