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    I also currently have Once on This Island winning Lighting Design, mainly because I don’t have it winning anything else, and Tony voters would probably like to throw a bone at it somewhere. As for Sound Design, I have SpongeBob winning that because I’ve heard the work in that show is suppose to be very vital to the production.

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    Speaking of which, I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing the Tony nominated sound designers of SpongeBob SquarePants, Walter Trarbach & Mike Dobson. During our conversation, we talked about the importance of sound design, their involvement with the project, and being recognized for their work.

    Walter Trarbach & Mike Dobson of SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS

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    Marlon Gonzalez
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    For those who are writing your predictions on the Tony’s based on the Experts predictions here on Gold Derby. Don’t. Those “Experts” always get it wrong at everything… From the Tonys to the Grammys, Emmys and The Oscars. They even got their VMA predictions wrong. Don’t listen to them and trust your gut.

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    Fenton Lorter
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    My gut says The Band’s Visit sweeps big time, and they’re on my side!

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    I think given what’s going on in the world right now it’s a musical of some significance. Two men of very different backgrounds worked together to craft a beautiful show with heart and substance. Katrina Lenk deserves to win for sure. She was grossly overlooked for her equally amazing performance in Indecent last season. I’m hoping she’s considered for Fanny if there’s a Funny Girl revival-she’s very talented and I think would be amazing.

    The creatives really deserve to win. I’d like them to get to speak on national television because I think their message would hit home right now.

    I loved The Band’s Visit and really hope it takes a ton of awards.

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    Tyler
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    Ben Brantley and Jesse Green, the chief theater critics for The New York Times, make their Tony Award choices. Tony Awards 2018: Who Will Win (and Who Should)

     

    This is the New York Times so I’m trying to think the predictions should be taken seriously, but how does Ben Brantley have the “Lobby Hero” guys as their will and should wins over Nathan Lane? And the “Should Have Been Nominated” going to Chris Evans instead of James Mcardle??

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    adamunc
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    They make a hash of predictions every year, so you can safely ignore them. I had hoped Green might do better than Isherwood, but meh.

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    Djoko
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    When it comes to predictions, the NY Times is only good for when they do the Tony voters poll which comes out the Friday before the Tonys. Those predictions are about 95% accurate (maybe even more).

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    Though since the New York Times usually only surveys about 10% of the voting bloc, it is important to take everything they say with a grain of salt. Sometimes, they may lead us into the wrong direction like in 2013 when they forecasted that Tom Hanks and Laura Osnes were both the frontrunners in their respective categories. Yet, they ended up getting taken down by Tracy Letts and Patina Miller on Tony night.

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    adamunc
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    On the whole, though, those voter polls are remarkably accurate, especially given the small sample size. Even in close races. I think it’s because they interview voters from a broad spectrum of the range–creatives, promoters, journalists, producers, etc. In recent years, though, it seems they publish results for a more limited number of categories.

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    Awardsfan1990
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    Here’s Michael Riedel’s annual report for how the Tony nominees are trying to woo the voters. https://nypost.com/2018/05/17/even-tina-fey-isnt-above-groveling-for-tony-votes/

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    Remarkable to see Jackson actively campaigning!

    THE OSCAR 100 (#75-71): Agnes Moorehead, Piper Laurie, Sissy Spacek, Barbara Stanwyck and Jean Hagen

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    Awardsfan1990
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    Something tells me she’d still win even if she did no campaigning, which was the case last year with Kevin Kline for Present Laughter.

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    adamunc
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    Even in a year with strong competition, Jackson would be a runaway winner and this season she has almost no competition, so it is kind of amazing that she’s campaigning. Perhaps it was a contractual obligation to support the production. (I’m not sure anyone expected it to be the SRO sellout it’s become.) Or maybe she just wants to, who knows?

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    You can’t take these things for granted. Ask Patti Lupone about being the hands-on favorite multiple times and losing the Tony.

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