Mirren, Rylance up for London's Olivier awards
British actors James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff arrive for the Olivier Awards 2013 at the Royal Opera House in London on Sunday, April 28, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
LONDON (AP) — Helen Mirren is a favorite to reign at London's Olivier theater awards Sunday for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in "The Audience."
Mirren is a best-actress nominee for the awards, the British equivalent of Broadway's Tonys.
She stars in Peter Morgan's play about the private weekly meetings between the monarch and Britain's prime ministers over the six decades of her reign. Mirren is no stranger to royalty — she won an Academy award in 2007 for the same role in "The Queen."
She's up against Hattie Morahan for "A Doll's House," Billie Piper for "The Effect" and Kristin Scott Thomas for "Old Times."
Male acting nominees are Rupert Everett for Oscar Wilde drama "The Judas Kiss"; James McAvoy for "Macbeth"; Mark Rylance for a cross-dressing turn in "Twelfth Night"; Rafe Spall for the relationship drama "Constellations"; and Luke Treadaway for "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time."
Myleene Klass seen at the Olivier Awards 2013 at the Royal opera House in London on Sunday, April 28th, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
The winners were being announced during a song- and dance-filled ceremony at London's Royal Opera House hosted by "Downton Abbey" actor Hugh Bonneville and stage star Sheridan Smith — who kicked things off by belting out "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend."
"Homeland" star Damian Lewis, "Sex and the City" alumna Kim Cattrall and former boy wizard Daniel Radcliffe were among the presenters. The show is due to include performances from "Glee" star Matthew Morrison and Tony-winning diva Idina Menzel.
The National Theatre's acclaimed production of "Curious Incident" — based on Mark Haddon's novel about a mystery-solving boy with Asperger's syndrome — leads the race with eight nominations, while the jaunty musical "Top Hat" has seven.
Nominees for musicals include Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton for "Sweeney Todd," Alex Bourne and Hannah Waddingham for "Kiss Me, Kate" and Heather Headley for "The Bodyguard."