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Monday, May 04, 2009

 

2009 Tony Award Nominations: Best Leading Actress in a Play

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The most-watched category of the year, methinks. Here's the way it shakes down...

BEST LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

WILL BE NOMINATED:
Jane Fonda, 33 Variations
Tovah Feldshuh, Irena's Vow
Carla Gugino, Desire Under the Elms
Janet McTeer, Mary Stuart
Harriet Walter, Mary Stuart

SHOULD BE NOMINATED:
Jane Fonda, 33 Variations
Marcia Gay Harden, God of Carnage
Marin Ireland, reasons to be pretty
Janet McTeer, Mary Stuart
Harriet Walter, Mary Stuart

GOING HOME EMPTY-HANDED:
Joan Allen, Impressionism
Elizabeth Ashley, Dividing the Estate
Jayne Atkinson, Blithe Spirit
Hope Davis, God of Carnage
Hallie Foote, Dividing the Estate
Jan Maxwell, To Be or Not to Be
Mary-Louise Parker, Hedda Gabler
Lily Rabe, The American Plan
Kristin Scott Thomas, The Seagull
Dianne Wiest, All My Sons

MODFAB THINKS...there should be a national day of mourning when world-class actresses like Allen, Parker, Davis, Harden, Thomas and Wiest are strewn like detritus along the side of the road. But maybe we should accentuate the positive; the leading women of Broadway were so strong this year, it just means that as good as Thomas et al were, there were five that were even STRONGER. (And a tip of the hat to Marin Ireland, ModFab's 2009 Star Of Tomorrow...you'll get your own trophy soon enough!)

DARK HORSE: Wiest. If people remember back to last fall's All My Sons, they'll remember her. She's a lifetime awards magnet, too.

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