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    Nathan Lane was not nominated at the Oliviers for Best Actor in a Play but Andrew Garfield was – I know the Oliviers can be quirky but I am wondering if this will affect his chances to win the Tony? Besides Andrew Garfield, there is Jamie Parker for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Tom Hollander for Travesties and Mark Rylance for Farinelli and the King and Denzel Washington for The Iceman Cometh. My thinking was that Nathan Lane would prevail – do you guys think this snub will matter or not?

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    adamunc
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    Well, the competition isn’t quite as strong and there are five slots instead of four, so when you factor in how well-regarded he is here, he’ll most likely be nominated. A win is another matter.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    Speaking of Nathan Lane, rumor has it that he could be starring opposite Laurie Metcalf in a revival of Death of a Salesman
    https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Nathan-Lane-Rumored-to-Be-in-Talks-to-Star-as-Willy-Loman-Opposite-Laurie-Metcalf-20180307

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    Anything can happen in awards races and we are still 2 months away from nominations. But Ill just say this:

    1. The Oliviers are not the Tonys

    2. Nathan Lane made me cry for Roy Cohn

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    I saw “Angels in America: Millenium Approaches” through National Theatre Live and while Nathan Lane was excellent, Andrew Garfield really dominated the production. I did not see the show on Broadway but I have seen a few local productions and the HBO mini-series version. After having seen those I would have said Roy Cohn was the main character in a large ensemble but focus really shifted in the British production and Prior Walter seems like the lead from his first appearance.

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    It’s an ensemble piece, but I’d argue Prior has always been the most central figure. Especially considering the ultimate ending of the play, he is the driving force. Though Prior and Roy offer parallels to each other, and are in many cases the yin to the others yang (without going into too many story details for those who havent seen it. It deserves to be seen, not spoiled). You should definitely catch part 2.

    In the original productions, Roy was lead and Prior featured for Millennium Approaches, but Prior lead and Roy featured for Perestroika. I could see producers trying to petition Lane for featured, which he would probably win in a landslide. I can see a valid argument for that placement. Part One feels the most evenly distributed among the ensemble members, but Part 2 is truly Priors journey. When presented in rep Prior definitely feels like the main character, though Roy is still of beast of a part.

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    I read the preview thread on another site and Andrew Garfield is the one they are all saying will win the Tony. They also love James McArdle, Denise Gough, Amanda Lawrence, with some praise for the actor playing Belize (I have forgotten his name, it is unfamiliar to me) and some reservations about Le Pace. It is getting glowing reviews and high praise from everyone. But it is Andrew Garfield and not Nathan Lane who they are saying deserves the Tony award. Interesting…

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