Cicely Tyson favored to win Best Actress for ‘Bountiful’ at Tony Awards

Cicely Tyson is favored to win Best Actress (Play) at the Tony Awards for headlining the acclaimed revival of Horton Foote‘s play “The Trip to Bountiful.” 

The three-time Emmy champ (“The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” 1974; “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All,” 1994) has the backing of eight of our dozen experts:  Melissa Bernardo (EW), Thom Geier (EW), Brian Lipton (Theatermania), Michael Musto (Village Voice), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Matt Windman (amNY) and Wayman Wong (NY Daily News). 

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The part she plays — the widowed Carrie Watts who longs to see her hometown one more time– was originated by Lillian Gish in a 1953 teleplay. Gish reprised the role in a short-lived Broadway edition later that year. And in 1985, Geraldine Page starred in a film version that finally won her an Oscar after seven losses. 

Tyson was last seen on the rialto headlining the 1983 revival of Emlyn Williams‘ “The Corn is Green” as the caring schoolmarm Miss Moffat. There too she took on a role associated with some of the great leading ladies — Ethel Barrymore in the orignal 1943 stage production, then Bette Davis in the 1945 film and Katharine Hepburn in the 1979 telefilm. 

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Three of our experts —  Martin Denton (NY Theatre), David Sheward (Back Stage), Doug Strassler (NY Press) — expect three-time Emmy winner Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne”) to prevail for her performance as a powerful businesswoman stricken with Alzheimer’s in Sharr White‘s “The Other Place” 

And Andy Humm (Gay USA) favors Sigourney Weaver to win for her work as a diva who returns home to wreak havoc in her pal Christoper Durang‘s Best Play frontrunner “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”

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