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  • adamunc
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    There’s a message over on All That Chat purportedly from a Tony voter who says they are only being invited to the performances of The Little Foxes where Laura Linney is playing Regina (Leading) and Cynthia Nixon is playing Birdie (Featured).

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    Djoko
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    Well, it’s the committee who decides the nominations so for right now it doesn’t matter what a regular voter says.

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    SamEckmann
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    But if they are inviting voters to those specific performances (and if we also believe a random atc poster actually has this knowledge) then producers are likely only inviting nominators to those same performances as well.

    It makes sense that MTC would want Linney and Nixon in separate categories so they dont compete with themselves. Though It does leave fewer performances for Tony voters to see (since half the shows would not serve the purpose of seeing each woman in the role she is eligible for) and therefore more comps crammed into fewer performances.

    I suppose the nominators could still decide, despite the strategy, to put them both in lead since they are above the title and the alternating roles means they are both doing the work of a lead actress. But it would be hard for them to justify that ruling if they aren’t even going to see Nixon as Regina.

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    Alex Meyer
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    Maybe they’re doing it because Linney doesn’t have a Tony and Nixon already does.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    Linney is going on as Regina on opening night opposite Nixon as Birdie, so I guess the producers want to avoid confusion to the nominators/voters.

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    Maxwell
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    Assuming the nom com follows this strategy, I’d say there are four strong bets – frontrunner Metcalf, Linney, Blanchett, and Ehle – and an open slot for the rest to fight for.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    Allison Janney and Mary-Louise Parker?

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    Maxwell
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    And Sally Field. There are pros and cons to each – Parker was lauded but Heisenberg’s long gone and may have been too “small.” The Glass Menagerie was incredibly divisive, and more importantly, Field received mixed reviews. And something tells me Six Degrees won’t get strong reviews, though preview reports indicate Janney at least is superb.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    With the across the board unanimous raves I have read for Laura Linney’s performance as Regina Giddens in The Little Foxes I am wondering if we have our Best Actress in a Play winner? I am currently predicting:

    Jennifer Ehle, Oslo
    Allison Janney, Six Degrees Of Separation
    Laura Linney, The Little Foxes
    Janet McTeer, Les Liaisons Dangereuses
    Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2

    I’m thinking Linney vs. Metcalf for the win???

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    Alex Meyer
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    I don’t think McTeer will be nominated. The 5th slot will go to either Sally Field or Mary-Louise Parker.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    I think the 5th slot will go to Cate Blanchett or Mary-Louise Parker (unless there ends up being a tie between the two, which would allow both of them to be nominated).

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    Alex Meyer
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    Oh yes, Cate Blanchett, I always keep forgetting about her.

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    Pjayactor
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    Metcalf’s performance is fantastic and award worthy.

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