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  • FreemanGriffin
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    Have I left any actresses off this list of potential nominees for Lead Actress in a Play?

    Toni Collette, The Realistic Joneses
    Tyne Daly, MOthers and Sons
    Ann-Marie Duff, Macbeth
    Rebecca Hall, Machinal
    Cherry Jones, The Glass Menagerie
    (Audra McDonald, Lady Day at  Emerson’s Bar and Grill) *if this production happens
    Debra Messing, Outside Mullinger
    Mary-Louise Parker, The Snow Geese
    Estelle Parsons, The Velocity Of Autumn
    Condola Rashad, Romeo and Juliet
    LaTanya Richardson, A Raisin In the Sun
    Marisa Tomei, The Realistic Joneses
    Rachel Weisz, Betrayal

    My “hunch”  says Tyne Daly, Rebecca Hall, Cherry Jones, Audra McDonald and Estelle Parsons will be the finalists, just a guess…

    Cherry Jones will win

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    Benedick
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    Also eligible (but with no chance to actually be nominated) is Anne Marie Duff in Macbeth. Lady Day is definitely happening, and word is that Audra is terrific. A real late-season challenge to Cherry Jones.

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    Richard R
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    I can see Latanya Richardson for a Raisin in the sun getting nominated. Cherry Jones is definately in th lead right now.

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    SamEckmann
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    I agree about Richardson Jackson. Although she isnt as big of a name as Diahann Carroll, she has a quite a meaty part to play. So she will definitely be in the hunt. 

    My current guess (obviously based on not everything having opened yet):
    1.) Cherry Jones
    2.) Tyne Daly
    3.) LaTanya Richardson Jackson 
    4.) Audra McDonald
    5.) Estelle Parsons

    Spoilers: Rebecca Hall, Debra Messing, Realistic Joneses duo (Will Eno doesnt normally write broadway type scripts, so it remains to be seen how warmly he will be embraced as warmly as he has been Off-Broadway). 

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    dude93
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    Messing hasn’t a hope of being nominated for that awful performance… Jones is in the lead and totally deserves her third leading actress Tony, but I wouldn’t rule out Audra McDonald if her show goes ahead. She is known for winning almost every time she’s nominated, and she has also two Tonys for straight play acting as well as her musical triumphs… so she’s about the only person who could give Jones a real run for her money, and McDonald would have the added advantage of opening closer to voting time which always helps. 

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    Richard R
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    Tyne Daly is pretty great at everything she does

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    dude93
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    ^ I disagree. She wasn’t great in Master Class – in fact that whole production was a travesty, leading to Daly’s snub at 2012’s Tonys

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    nkb325
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    Can someone explain to me why Jones’s role competes in Lead? I know Amanda Wingfield has always competed there but I have read The Glass Menagerie and even once performed in it, and Amanda always seems like more of a supporting character to me. If any female character is the lead of the story I feel like it’s Laura. Am I alone on this? Because I know I’m always surprised when i remember Amanda is slotted as a lead character

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    Irishmovielover4ever
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    Amanda is the flashier role and the way Jones does it makes you look at her even though Keenan-Bolger is just as good in a quiter role. At this moment Cherry Jones seems unstopable once again like she has been. The performance and production is the best reviewd one of the season so far and she seems unstoppable. I would really only watch out for Audra McDonald only because she wins deservedly all the time. At this moments the five looks to be: (Not with everything having opened)

    1.) Cherry Jones
    2.) Audra McDonald
    3.) LaTanya Richardson Jackson 
    4.) Tyne Daly
    5.) Rebecca Hall

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    Tony Ruiz
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    It will be interesting to see if Lady Day is a play or musical…but it won’t matter.  Cherry Jones is winning this.  I highly doubt it will be close.  They will give Jones a third Tony before they give Audra a sixth.

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    Ted Stevenson
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    There has to be more sight unseens in this category right? I have a hard time believing Cherry Jones will win her third for GLASS MENAGERIE. She was fantastic, but not revelatory, and that gentleman caller scene really stole the show out from under Quinto and she. 

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    SamEckmann
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    I would say Cherry Jones is still the current frontrunner at this point, before some productions have opened.  Without having seen everything, Id say her strongest competition at this stage is Tyne Daly. Meaty role in a McNally play, and she’s a NY who hasnt been on Broadway for a while. IF Audra is placed here she could be a threat as well.  

    Rebecca Hall may a nomination, but not enough Tony voters will have seen her and/or remember the show by voting time. 
    Richardson Jackson’s role has netted awards in the past, though some will likely still find the age of the actors too odd a casting choice.
    Estelle Parsons got good reviews for the previous mounting of Velocity of Autumn. And Marissa Tomei and Toni Collette will star in Will Eno’s four-hander The Realistic Joneses. But I would argue these playwrights do not provide the typical material that Tony voters go for. The plays havent opened so I could be wrong, just basing it on the info I know. 

    You may not have thought Jones was revelatory, but many reviewers and audience members cited her as just that.  So barring other standouts, it remains Cherry’s trophy to lose. After March is over this race will take shape more. 

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    Irishmovielover4ever
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    Lady Day has started previews and people have been consistantly blown away by the work Audra is doing even mentioning how she sings the songs so like Billie her natural voice disappears. While I want Cherry to win Audra will be tough competition to win her sixth tony and complete the four category win with a win in this category as it is a play with music. Also Mothers and Sons got alright reviews with strong praise fo Daly which puts her up there.

     

    Nearing the end of March these are the women I would predict:

    Tyne Daly, Mothers and Sons
    Cherry Jones, The Glass Menagerie
    Audra McDonald, Lady Day at  Emerson’s Bar and Grill
    Estelle Parsons, The Velocity Of Autumn
    LaTanya Richardson, A Raisin In the Sun

     

    With Hall having an outside chance I hope as she was magnificent. Another note is also from early previews it seems Anika and Sophie are getting the strong buzz for A Raisin in the Sunand Richardson is getting good notices.

     

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    FreemanGriffin
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    I’m hoping Rebecca Hall makes it to the list, and not LaTanya Richardson Jackson, but as neither has any chance of actually winning… I believe at this point there are 4 locks: Tyne Daly, Cherry Jones, Audra McDonald and Estelle Parsons, with the only suspense being who gets that 5th slot: Toni Collette, Rebecca Hall, Latanya Richardson Jackson or Marisa Tomei (I think it’s safe to say Mary-Louise Parker is not going to get a nomination). Rachel Weisz got failry good notices, and Debra Messing has an outside chance too; the nominating committee is often quirky and will throw a surprise or two in there.

    It’s Jones vs. McDonald – I still think Cherry Jones will win this year.

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    Madson Melo
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    It’s Audra vs. Cherry, for real. I don’t know, Audra can make history.

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