Tony Nominations: Hollywood A-List Snubbed

Porgy and Bess received nods, but no love for Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett, Ricky Martin and others.

Posted: 05/01/2012 09:00 AM EDT

The Tony nominations were announced this morning, which honors outstanding perfomances on the Broadway stage. With over 40 possible productions up for a Tony nod, there were some notable snubs. Nonetheless,The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess brought in 10 nominations.

Four-time Tony winner Audra McDonald received a well-deserved nod for best actress in a musical for The Gershwins' Porgy and Besswhere she played Bess. Critics say Ms. McDonald is a shoe-in for her fifth Tony win. Porgy and Bess also received nods for musical revival and best actor in a play for Norm Lewis as Porgy and David Alan Grier as Sporting Life. 

Other notable nominations include: Clybourne Park, the edgy play which tackles race and gentrification, received a nod for best play. James Earl Jones was nominated for best actor in a play for Gore Vidal's The Best ManCondola Rashad, Phylicia Rashad's daughter, earned a nod for best performance by an actress in a play for Alicia Keys's Stick Fly. Philly native, Da'Vine Joy Randolph garnered her first nomination for a hilarious performance as Oda Mae Brown in Ghost the Musical. 

Being an Oscar nominee or a pop star doesn't give you clout on Broadway. Notable snubs: The Mountain Top, which starred Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson received no nominations. A Streetcar Named Desire landed a best costume nod, but was snubbed in the main categories. Most surprisingly, Nicole Ari Parker not receiving a deserving nod for her powerful performance as Blanche DuBois in Streetcar. In addition, Ricky Martin was ignored for his role as Che in the revival of Evita. Even Matthew Broderick got no love for his performance in Nice Work If You Can Get It.

The Tony Awards will air live on June 10 at the Beacon Theatre in New York. Neil Patrick Harris will serve as host.


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