Hollywood be damned: The Tony Awards are now a race between a magical little girl who likes to read and a drag queen who helps save a shoe factory. Two musicals, Kinky Boots and Matilda the Musical, led the nominations—Broadway's biggest, which were announced this morning—with 13 and 12 nominations, respectively. On the play side of things, many movie stars who appeared on the stage this year were shut out, but one particularly big one, Tom Hanks, was nominated for his performance as journalist Mike McAlary in Nora Ephron's posthumously produced Lucky Guy. Movie stars who took to the stage and didn't make the cut include: Sigourney Weaver, who was one of only two members of the cast of Christopher Durang's Chekhov-inspired farce Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike not to get nominated; and Alec Baldwin, who's costar in Orphans, Tom Sturridge, did snag a nomination. Even Bette Midler, who won good reviews for her one woman show I'll Eat You Last, didn't get an honor.
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Matilda would have caught up to Kinky Boots in terms of number of nominations had the four little girls playing the title role not been ruled ineligible for the best actress prize as the New York Times reported. The girls will instead get a special award: "Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater." So which one has the best chance of taking home the big prize? Patrick Healy of the Times gives it to Matilda, which "has the sort of critical acclaim and pedigree (a Royal Shakespeare Theater production; the winner of a record seven Olivier Awards, London’s version of the Tonys) that tend to appeal to Tony voters." Healy also draws attention to arguably the most competitive category: Best Actress in a Play.
The nominations were announced by two current television stars with Broadway histories: Sutton Foster and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Here are the key prizes up for grabs:
Best Play The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg Lucky Guy by Nora Ephron The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang
Best Musical Bring It On: The Musical A Christmas Story, The Musical Kinky Boots Matilda The Musical
Best Revival of a Play Golden Boy Orphans The Trip to Bountiful Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Revival of a Musical Annie The Mystery of Edwin Drood Pippin Rogers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Best Direction of a Play Pam MacKinnon, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Nicholas Martin, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Bartlett Sher, Golden Boy George C. Wolfe, Lucky Guy
Best Direction of a Musical Scott Ellis, The Mystery of Edwin Drood Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots Diane Paulus, Pippin Matthew Warchus, Matilda
Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Play Laurie Metcalf, The Other Place Amy Morton, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Kristine Nielsen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Holland Taylor, Ann Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play Tom Hanks, Lucky Guy Nathan Lane, The Nance Tracy Letts, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? David Hyde Pierce, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Tom Sturridge, Orphans
Best Featured Actress in a Play Carrie Coon, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Shalita Grant, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Judith Ivey, The Heiress Judith Light, The Assembled Parties Condola Rashad, The Trip to Bountiful
Best Featured Actor in a Play Danny Burstein, Golden Boy Richard Kind, The Big Knife Billy Magnussen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Tony Shaloub, Golden Boy Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy
Best Actress in a Leading Role Musical Stephanie J. Block, The Mystery of Edwin Drood Carolee Carmello, Scandalous Valisia LeKae, Motown: The Musical Patina Miller, Pippin Laura Osnes, Cinderella
Best Actor in a Leading Role Musical Bertie Carvel, Matilda Santino Fontana, Cinderella Rob McClure, Chaplin Billy Porter, Kinky Boots Stark Sands, Kinky Boots
Best Featured Actress in a Musical Annaleigh Ashford, Kinky Boots Victoria Clark, Cinderella Andrea Martin, Pippin Keala Settle, Hands on a Hardbody Lauren Ward, Matilda
Best Featured Actor in a Musical Charl Brown, Motown: The Musical Keith Carradine, Hands on a Hardbody Will Chase, The Mystery of Edwin Drood Gabriel Ebert, Matilda Terrence Mann, Pippin
Best Book of a Musical Joseph Robinette, A Christmas Story Harvey Fierstein, Kinky Boots Dennis Kelly, Matilda Douglas Carter Beane, Cinderella
Original Score Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, A Christmas Story Music: Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green, Lyrics: Amanda Green, Hands on a Hardbody Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots Tim Minchin, Matilda
See the rest over at the Tony's website. The show is on June 9.