1. Laurie Metcalf and Tom Sturridge Get Their Due Recognition
Let's face it, it was the year of the Play. With stiff competition and little love from the other awards, two outstanding performances did get Tony love: Laurie Metcalf for The Other Place and Tom Sturridge in Orphans (who beat out costar Alec Baldwin). Both offered phenomenal performances securing their spots in this year's Tony race. I picked them so I'm stoked! Are you happy for them?
2. Not All of Hollywood is Honored
There were a lot of Hollywood names trouncing around Broadway this season, but not all of the big names. While Tom Hanks, David Hyde Pierce and Cicely Tyson got nods, Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Jessica Chastain, Scarlett Johansson, and Vanessa Williams, among others, got nothing. Are Tony voters finally not giving in to A-listers on Broadway?
The fourth slot of the Best Musical category was a toss up between a few productions, but in the end Bring It On, the musical inspired by the movie, beat out Hands on a Hardbody and Motown for the final spot. Would you have given it to Bring It On?
4. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Nominated in Four Acting Categories
Shalita Grant (Best Featured Actress), Billy Magnussen (Best Featured Actor), Kristine Nielsen (Best Actress), and David Hyde Pierce (Best Actor) will be representing the cast of the Christopher Durang comedy, but the big question is where's Sigourney?
Kenneth Posner was represented this season by his work on Cinderella, Harvey, Kinky Boots and Pippin. Three of his shows, all of the musicals, got nominations for Best Lighting Design. So the big question: is there any way he'll lose?
What were your big surprises for this year's Tonys? Comment below!