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That’s one of many questions that emerged after the Tony committee announced its acting nominations Tuesday morning, with Hanks' name on the shortlist for best actor in a play for his portrayal of late columnist Mike McAlary in Nora Ephron’s “Lucky Guy.”
Hanks already has two
He'll face stiff competition, with a group of heavy-hitters rounding out the category. They include David Hyde-Pierce ("Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,") Nathan Lane ("The Nance,"), Tracy Letts (
It's a heady group; apart from Sturridge, who is mainly a screen actor, all three have won Tonys before -- Letts for best play and Lane and Hyde-Pierce for acting.
Not included in the list was Alan Cumming, who as an actor playing 15 different roles in a one-man "Macbeth" had been on many forecasters' list to nab a nomination.
In the category of actress in a play, the early favorite is
She’s joined in the category by
Left off the list was Bette Midler, who made a return to Broadway as Hollywood superagent Sue Mengers in "I'll Eat You Last." Midler was given a special Tony Award in 1974 but has never won a conventional prize.
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The category of lead actress in a musical has seen its share of drama since the administration committee voted to disallow the four young women who play the title role in "Matilda" from the category. (They will be given a special prize.)
That leaves "Pippin" star Patina Miller as the front-runner; she's joined by Valisia LeKae ("Motown"), Laura Osnes ("Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella"), Stephanie Block ("The Mystery of Edwin Drood") and Carolee Carmello ("Scandalous") in the category.
Lilla Crawford ("Annie") was a favorite to land a spot but was not nominated.
"Matilda" still has a shot at a prize on the lead actor side -- though, ironically, it's for a female role. Bertie Carvel nabbed a lead actor in a musical nomination for his cross-dressing turn as fearsome headmistress Miss Trunchbull in the Roald Dahl adaptation.
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He is joined in the category by another cross-dressing star, “Kinky Boots” lead Billy Porter, as well as Porter's co-star
Brandon Victor Dixon ("Motown"), who had been seen as a contender in the category, was left off the list.