Tony Awards nominations snubs: Daniel Radcliffe (again!), Denzel Washington, Michelle Williams …

With 38 productions in contention for this year’s Tony Awards, there were plenty of surprises in Tuesday’s nominations announcement.

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Among the famous folk left off the list of contenders were two men who we expected to reap Best Actor (Play) bids: Daniel Radcliffe, for his transformation into “The Cripple of Inishmaan” and Denzel Washington for “A Raisin in the Sun.” In both cases, their shows were nominated as were several of their castmates. While this marks the third time that Radcliffe has received rave reviews but been snubbed by the Tonys, Washington won a Tony for his last appearance on the rialto in a revival of “Fences” three years ago. 

Tony Awards: Complete List of Nominations

Other leading men that were MIA include Daniel Craig (“Betrayal“), two Sirs — Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen — for their double act in both “Waiting for Godot” and “No Mans Land” and Zachary Quinto, the only castmember from “The Glass Menagerie” not nominated. 

While the Best Actress (Play) field was not as deep, among those snubbed were Oscar winners Marisa Tomei (“The Realistic Joneses“) and Rachel Weisz (“Betrayal”) as well as Emmy champs Debra Messing for her Broadway debut in “Outside Mullingar,” Mary-Louise Parker for “The Snow Goose” and Tomei’s co-star Toni Collette.

‘Gentleman’s Guide,’ ‘Act One’ lead Tony Awards nominations

Over on the musical side, which is the weakest in recent years, there was little love for Woody Allen‘s adaptation of his hit 1993 movie “Bullets Over Broadway.” Among performers, the most notable snubs were for “Bullets” leading man Zach Braff, three-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams who made her Broadway debut in a remounting of “Cabaret” and two-time Musical Actor champ Norbert Leo Butz for the long-shuttered “Big Fish.” 

Tony Awards nominations: Show by show

The Realistic Joneses
“The Velocity of Autumn”

“The Bridges of Madison County”
Bullets Over Broadway

“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”
“No Man’s Land”
“Richard III”
Waiting for Godot


Daniel Craig, “Betrayal”
James Franco, “Of Mice and Men”
Michael C. Hall, “The Realistic Joneses”
Ian McKellen, “No Man’s Land”/”Waiting for Godot”
Bryan F. O’Byrne, “Outside Mullingar
Zachary Quinto, “The Glass Menagerie
Daniel Radcliffe, “The Cripple of Innishmaan”
Patrick Stewart, “No Man’s Land”/”Waiting for Godot”
Denzel Washington, “A Raisin in the Sun

Toni Collette, “The Realistic Jones”
Anne-Marie Duff, “Macbeth”
Rebecca Hall, “Machinal”
Debra Messing, “Outside Mullingar”
Mary-Louise Parker, “The Snow Geese”
Marisa Tomei, “The Realistic Joneses”
Rachel Weisz, “Betrayal”

Zach Braff, “Bullets Over Broadway”
Norbert Leo Butz, “Big Fish”
Adam Jacobs, “Aladdin”
Zachary Levi, “First Date”
Stephen Pasquale, “The Bridges of Madison County”
Will Swenson, “Les Miserables”

Courtney Reed, “Aladdin”
Michelle Williams, “Cabaret”

4 thoughts on “Tony Awards nominations snubs: Daniel Radcliffe (again!), Denzel Washington, Michelle Williams …

  1. I like your “Not Best” lists, but when talking snubs also look at the critical reactions to Denzel and Michelle. They did not get good notices so why should they be nominated? Because their big names? But Radcliffe DID get great notices and that is a true snub. My biggest gripe is Audra MacDonald poised to out beat Julie Harris and already out beat Angela Lansbury. MacDonald is the biggest over-rated person on the boards today. The times I’ve seen/heard her, I was only impressed by her over-acting and over-reaching and “look at me” presentations. Nothing’s fair.

  2. @Peter. I’m pretty sure Radcliffe got great notices because the press is propping him up for whatever reason. (His gigantic Harry Potter fanbase?) I saw him in Cripple of Inishmaan, and he really isn’t that good. Not at all a snub. He’s lucky he even got the part.

  3. @Chris…I saw it too and my opinion is opposite of yours…so go figure! It boils down to opinion. Maybe he got good notices because he was good and maybe you just didn’t like him. That’s OK. Opinions are valid. I was just trying to make a point that people should be nominated according to talent not name….which sounds pretty idealistic but one wants to think that’s what happens……and then there’s Audra…my opinion….

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