Pre-show quippage

John Lithgow, with Bernadette Peters, wasn't exactly considered a front-runner for his role as Alsop in "The Columnist." But he had a sense of humor about it. On the red carpet before the show, he told The Times: "I know I'm probably not going to win. I was tempted to scratch myself like that horse at Belmont." We don't feel too badly -- Lithgow has two Tonys on his mantel already, one for 1973's "The Changing Room" and another for "Sweet Smell of Success" in 2002.
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