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)