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  • FreemanGriffin
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    First: how do you think the committee will wind up handling the Laura Linney/Cynthia Nixon situation with the two actresses switching roles and playing both Regina (the lead) and Birdie (a featured role) in The Little Foxes?

    I came up with a list of ten actresses who I think could potentially be eligible for nominations – do these same right? Anyone missing? Or more likely to be considered in Featured Actress?

    Cate Blanchett, The Present
    Johanna Day, Sweat
    Jennifer Ehle, Oslo
    Sally Field, The Glass Menagerie
    Allison Janney, Six Degrees of Separation
    Diane Lane, The Cherry Orchard
    Laura Linney, The Little Foxes
    Janet McTeer, Les Liaisons Dangereuses
    Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2
    Cynthia Nixon, The Little Foxes
    Mary-Louise Parker, Heisenberg

    It will be interesting to see who the final nominees will be. Personally, I am rooting for Laurie Metcalf, who has yet to win a Tony, but unlike other years I have no idea who will win or even get nominated!

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    Given the underwhelming response to The Cherry Orchard, we can all rule out Diane Lane as a possibility.

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    George Papakostas
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    I d really love to see Cate Blanchett win this! Does anybody know when the nominatios come out?

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    May 2nd

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    Madson Melo
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    I don’t think Blanchett, Lane and McTeer are happening, Parker is a sure nominee as of now. To win I guess it will be between Linney vs Janney, maybe?

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    While the critics weren’t necessarily fond of The Present, they did offer glowing reviews to the cast (especially Cate Blanchett). While she likely won’t win the Tony, I do think she has a shot at a nomination.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    I’ve been hearing great things about Johanna Day’s performance in Sweat – several people have told me they think she deserves the Lead Actress Tony – interesting…

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    Jake
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    Sally Field might contend, win and get in that elusive Triple Crown of Acting club. Fingers crossed!

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    I think given how divided the response was to The Glass Menagerie, I have a hard time seeing Sally Field become a strong contender. She may not even be nominated.

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    SamEckmann
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    I don’t know who thought Johanna Day was Lead, but after seeing the the show the whole cast is definitely going under featured. I think the play is incredibly well written and will be very competitive. But its an ensemble. If Houdyshell and Birney were featured for their dominant roles in The Humans, then there really is no argument I can see for anyone in the Sweat cast to go lead. Day does a great job with her performance and is a worthy nominee, but she is not the main focus, no one is really. The cast are all below the title billed alphabetically and I see no reason why the Tonys would change that in their rulings.

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    Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie is kind of Tony Awards poison. Prior to this Sally Field revival, there were half a dozen productions since the inception of the Tonys and only once – Cherry Jones in the 2013 production – did the leading lady garner a nod. Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy, Julie Harris and Jessica Lange were all ignored.

    OSCAR FLASHBACK: 20 Years of Streep (1981 – The French Lieutenant’s Woman)

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    Maxwell
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    Despite lukewarm reviews for The Present, I think Blanchett is a lock for a nomination and a strong contender for the win. Even if her play is a bust, I’m betting Metcalf gets in; it’s happened several times before. And Ehle has a strong shot at a nomination. I think Field could be name checked, but Menagerie had a pretty divisive reception.

    I think the biggest question mark is whether The Little Foxes is good, and whether Nixon will be in this category (she’s Birdie on opening night, so MTC could game the system and petition). If the show flops or Nixon goes supporting, that’s good news for Parker or Janney, another unseen contender.

    Right now, still way too early. I’m predicting Blanchett wins with Ehle, Linney, Metcalf, and Nixon nominated.

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    I cant see Blanchett winning, the reviews were not there and she has/will have far better competition come nomination Tony.

    Linney, Metcalf and Janney are overdue actresses with roles that are Award worthy, lets see the recepetion for these ladies.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    Plus, if Blanchett ends up being the only nomination The Present receives, it’ll be even harder for her to pull off a win.

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    Alex Meyer
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    Since Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon are alternating the lead roles in The Little Foxes, couldn’t that split the consensus among Tony nominators and result in neither of them getting nominated?

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