It's that time of year, actors! The final Tony Awards eligibility considerations were announced on Friday, and the verdict is in: The four Matildas have won the Tony.
Well, a special Tony Award, that is. In an announcement made by the Administration Committee, which decides eligibility and nominees for the awards, Sophia Gennusa, Oona Lawrence, Bailey Ryon, and Milly Shapiro were deemed ineligible for a nomination in the Leading Actress in a Musical category but will instead receive a special honor.
This decision sparked controversy in the community, as that other British import "Billy Elliot" landed the 2009 Tony for Leading Actor in a Musical for its three young male leads, who all shared the title role. The decision opens up the category for many contenders—namely Patina Miller of "Pippin," now a frontrunner for the win.
Another interesting call added "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" standout Kristine Nielson to the overcrowded Leading Actress in a Play category. While Nielson has a lot of stage time in the Christopher Durang play, putting her in the featured category made her a lock for a nomination, if not the win. Now she finds herself in a large group of talented, eligible actresses, such as Jessica Hecht for "The Assembled Parties," Holland Taylor for "Ann," Amy Morton for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," Laurie Metcalf for "The Other Place," and Bette Midler for "I'll Eat You Last."
The only surefire nominations—potentially wins—for the season are Bertie Carvel for "Matilda" and Andrea Martin for "Pippin." The rest will have to wait for Tuesday's nominations announcement! In the meantime, here are our predictions for the acting nominees:
Leading Actor in a Musical
Bertie Carvel, "Matilda"
Jim Norton, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"
Rob McClure, "Chaplin"
Billy Porter, "Kinky Boots"
Anthony Warlow, "Annie"
Leading Actress in a Musical
Stephanie J. Block, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"
Carolee Carmello, "Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson"
Lilla Crawford, "Annie"
Patina Miller, "Pippin"
Laura Osnes, "Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella"
Featured Actor in a Musical
Will Chase, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"
Gabriel Ebert, "Matilda"
Hunter Foster, "Hands on a Hardbody"
Terrence Mann, "Pippin"
Daniel Stewart Sherman, "Kinky Boots"
Featured Actress in a Musical
Annaleigh Ashford, "Kinky Boots"
Rachel Bay Jones, "Pippin"
Victoria Clark, "Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella"
Andrea Martin, "Pippin"
Keala Settle, "Hands on a Hardbody"
Leading Actor in a Play
Tom Hanks, "Lucky Guy"
Nathan Lane, "The Nance"
Tracy Letts, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
David Hyde Pierce, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"
Tom Sturridge, "Orphans"
Leading Actress in a Play
Jessica Hecht, "The Assembled Parties"
Laurie Metcalf, "The Other Place"
Kristine Nielson, "Vanya and Masha and Sonia and Spike"
Holland Taylor, "Ann"
Cicely Tyson, "The Trip to Bountiful"
Featured Actor in a Play
Bobby Cannavale, "Glengarry Glen Ross"
Richard Kind, "The Big Knife"
Tony Shalhoub, "Golden Boy"
Michael Shannon, "Grace"
Courtney B. Vance, "Lucky Guy"
Featured Actress in a Play
Carrie Coon, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Judith Ivey, "The Heiress"
Judith Light, "The Assembled Parties"
Yvonne Strahovski, "Golden Boy"
Vanessa Williams, "The Trip to Bountiful"