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 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 Austin, Red.
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.
Tony Awards website.
Student Academy Awards
The ranking of the winners at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2010 Student Academy Awards was announced on Sat., June 12 at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Presenters at the ceremony included Jeremy Renner, Henry Selick, and Penelope Spheeris. (Image: Tanel Toom, director of the Honorary Foreign Film winner The Confession.)
According to the Academy's press release, “while U.S. winners knew they would each receive an award, their placement - Gold, Silver or Bronze - was not revealed until the ceremony. Gold Medal award winners received cash grants of $5,000, Silver Medal award winners received $3,000 and Bronze Medal award winners received $2,000. The Honorary Foreign Film winner received a $1,000 cash grant.”
Honorary Foreign Film winner The Confession was selected from a pool of 61 entries representing 36 countries.
The Academy established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 “to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level.”
The 2010 winners are:
- Gold Medal: “Surface: Film from Below,” Varathit Uthaisri, Parsons The New School for Design, New York
- Silver Medal: "Multiply,” Emily Henricks, University of Southern California
* Only two medals were awarded in the Alternative category.
- Gold Medal: "Departure of Love,” Jennifer Bors, Ringling College of Art and Design, Florida
- Silver Medal: "Dried Up,” Isaiah Powers and Jeremy Casper, Kansas City Art Institute, Missouri
- Bronze Medal: "Lifeline,” Andres Salaff, California Institute of the Arts
- Gold Medal: "Yizkor (Remembrance),” Ruth Fertig, University of Texas at Austin
- Silver Medal: "Rediscovering Pape,” Maria Royo, City College of New York
- Bronze Medal: "Dreams Awake (Suena Despierto),” Kevin Gordon and Rebekah Meredith, Stanford University, California
- Gold Medal: "God of Love,” Luke Matheny, New York University
- Silver Medal: "Down in Number 5,” Kim Spurlock, New York University
- Bronze Medal: "The Lunch Box,” Lubomir Kocka, Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia
Honorary Foreign Film
- "The Confession,” Tanel Toom, The National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
Photos: Movie images courtesy AMPAS; Tanel Toom (Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.)
June 15 update: Last week, the 2010 Student Academy Awards winners spent time with members of the American Society of Cinematographers. The Student Academy Awards ceremony took place at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Saturday, June 12. Presenters at the ceremony included Jeremy Renner, Henry Selick, and Penelope Spheeris.
Seated (left to right): ASC members Jonathan Erland, Karl Walter Lindenlaub, Daryn Okada, Woody Omens, Michael Goi, Victor Kemper and Isidore Mankofsky.
Standing (left to right): Student Academy Award winners and their cinematographers: Andres Salaff, Emily Henricks, Rebekah Meredith, Jeremy Casper, Ruth Fertig, Maria Royo, Varathit Uthaisri, Jun Oshimi, Bobby Webster, Luke Matheny, Rasto Trizma, Stuart Bury, Lubomir Kocka, Kevin Gordon, Jennifer Bors, Isaiah Powers, Tanel Toom and Kim Spurlock.
Photo: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.