Monday, May 27, 2024

Broadway: Sally Field, Cate Blanchett, Danny DeVito Reverse Tony Awards Trend Against “Hollywood” Actors


This year’s Tony Awards nominees include three names usually associated with Hollywood: Sally Field, Cate Blanchett, and Danny DeVito.

That’s a big change. In the past, “Hollywood stars” who come to Broadway looking for Tony appreciation are turned away at the door.

And plenty were this year, too, including (and wrongly) Allison Janney in “Six Degrees of Separation.” Glenn Close wasn’t eligible because she’d already won the Tony for “Sunset Boulevard” in 1994. Jake Gyllenhaal took his name out of contention for “Sunday in the Park with George.”

The Tony’s reward their own and tend to rebuff advances from “stars.” Hence, none of the movie names from “The Front Page” like John Goodman. (Who doesn’t love John Goodman?) Mark Ruffalo from “The Price” was aced out.

But there are exceptions, too. Three Broadway names who did excellent work were omitted: John Benjamin Hickey, Jessica Hecht, and Phillippa Soo, as well as Kate Burton and Kristine Nielsen. Don’t worry. They’ll all be back.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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