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Tony Nominations 2023: The 5 Biggest Snubs and Surprises



The nominations for the 2023 Tony Awards are out — and for each nice shock on the checklist, there have been a number of disappointments. Listed below are the largest snubs and surprises from this morning’s Tony nominations announcement, plus the one nice massive query that might solid an actual shadow over the ceremony.

SURPRISE: Large Love for “Ain’t No Mo’”
Jordan E. Cooper’s “Ain’t No Mo’,” a blistering comedy about racial injustice in America, was definitely one of many buzziest performs of the season, and plenty of critics raved when it opened in December. However the present proved unable to discover a foothold on the field workplace and closed only a few weeks later — a quick lifespan that might have put the play at risk of getting forgotten come awards season, particularly in a crowded discipline of contenders. However nominators remembered “Ain’t No Mo’” so effectively they gave it six noms (together with one for play and an performing nod for writer-performer Cooper), making it one of many most-nominated performs of the season.

SNUB: Olivier-Profitable West Finish Faves
“Life of Pi” and “Prima Facie” have been hardly forgotten on the nominations checklist, with 5 for “Pi” and 4 for “Prima Facie” (together with one for star Jodie Comer). However after profitable the Olivier for finest play in 2021 (for “Pi”) and 2022 (for “Prima Facie”), each reveals got here up empty-handed within the prime Tony class for play. Additionally not noted of the Tony nominations have been “Pi” star Hiran Abeysekera, who took house an Olivier for lead actor, and the present’s puppeteers, who collectively gained a supporting actor Olivier for bringing to life the story’s ferocious tiger (amongst different animals). However, one other Olivier winner, “Leopoldstadt,” which gained the award for play in 2020, has turn into one of many long-running successes of the Broadway season, and got here away with six nominations together with one for play.

SURPRISE: A Sturdy Displaying for “& Juliet”
Loads of critics dismissed “& Juliet,” the cheerfully anachronistic musical that attracts on the numerous, many pop hits of megaproducer Max Martin to think about what would occur if Juliet opted to not die on the finish of Shakespeare’s tragedy. Going into the nominations, nods for e-book (by David West Learn) and featured actress (Betsy Wolfe as Shakespeare’s spouse Anne Hathaway) appeared possible, and a nomination for the highest musical award was a chance. “& Juliet” walked away with all these and extra, together with noms for lead actress Lorna Courtney and one for choreographer Jennifer Weber (additionally nominated for “KPOP”). The musical earned 9 nominations total, placing it behind the 13 landed by “Some Like It Hot” and tying it with “Shucked” and “New York, New York.”

SNUB: A few of the Season’s Greatest Stars
On the lookout for Oscar Isaac, Laura Linney and Rachel Brosnahan on the nominations checklist? You gained’t discover them. All three — Isaac and Brosnahan of “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window” and Linney of “Summer, 1976” — have been not noted of the working. The race for lead play actress, for which each Linney and Brosnahan have been contenders, was significantly tight given the stacked lineup of expertise vying for simply 4 spots. (Linney’s co-star in “Summer, 1976,” two-time Tony winner Jessica Hecht, made the lower for that one.) However it’s not as if the nominations are fully celebrity-free: Samuel L. Jackson (“The Piano Lesson”), Jessica Chastain (“A Doll’s House”), Jodie Comer (“Prima Facie”), Sara Bareilles (“Into the Woods”) and Sean Hayes (“Good Night, Oscar”), to not point out Tony fave Audra McDonald (“Ohio State Murders”), are all among the many bold-face names lending star energy to the checklist.

SNUB: A Low Tally for “The Piano Lesson”
The revival of “The Piano Lesson” was (alongside “Leopoldstadt”) one of the vital notable play successes of the season, with a strong lineup of actors and creatives that regarded like robust contenders for nominations. Specifically, Danielle Brooks (for featured actress), John David Washington (for lead actor) and director LaTanya Richardson Jackson all appeared poised for inclusion — however in a extremely aggressive season for Broadway performs, all three names have been not noted. Ultimately, “Piano Lesson” notched two nominations: the highest award for play revival, and one for featured actor Samuel L. Jackson.

THE LOOMING QUESTION: How will the WGA strike affect the awards ceremony?
Hours earlier than the nominations announcement, the Writers Guild of America referred to as its first strike in 15 years. The transfer may have the largest affect in Hollywood, however the Tony Awards may get caught by the work stoppage too, relying on how lengthy the strike lasts. In creating the nationally televised ceremony yearly, the present’s producers and host work with a staff of writers to craft intelligent opening numbers, witty monologues and all of the jokes, one-liners and banter that maintain a ceremony shifting alongside. Some if not all of these author are prone to be WGA members — which may show a serious impediment for the ceremony.

The 76th Tony Awards will likely be handed out June 11 on the United Palace Theater in a ceremony that will likely be broadcast stay on CBS and on Paramount+, with the primary 90 minutes airing on Pluto TV. The present is hosted by Ariana DeBose and produced by Glenn Weiss amd Ricky Kirshner of White Cherry Leisure.

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