Gold Derby rounded up predictions for the nominations in the top eight Tonys races from a dozen awards gurus. There was a four-way tie for first as Thom Geier (Entertainment Weekly), Brian Lipton (TheaterMania.com), Michael Musto (Village Voice), and David Sheward (Back Stage) all got 29 of 33 correct.
Right behind with 28 were Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby, TheEnvelope/LATimes.com) and Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) followed by Melissa Bernardo (Entertainment Weekly), Andy Humm (Gay City News, Gay USA) and Wayman Wong (New York Daily News) with 27 and Martin Denton (NYTheatre.com) Blake Ross (Playbill) and Matt Windman (amNewYork) at 26.
Special mention must be made of Matt Windman being the only pundit to predict a Best Musical Actor nod for Joshua Henry (“The Scottsboro Boys”). As well, Melissa Bernardo and Michael Musto were the only two to foresee a Best Play Actress bid by Hannah Yelland (“Brief Encounter”). And Blake Ross, David Sheward and Wayman Wong were the only three who had “Catch Me If You Can” as a Best Musical nominee.