2. Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Laurie Metcalf, “The Other Place”
Amy Morton, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
Kristine Nielsen, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”
Holland Taylor, “Ann”
Cicely Tyson, “The Trip to Bountiful”
Will and Should Win: Cicely Tyson
Poor Laurie Metcalf. Her utterly spellbinding performance as a woman suffering from dementia in Sharr White’s “The Other Place” will be long forgotten when Tony voters are submitting their ballots. And when 79-year-old Cicely Tyson returns to Broadway after 30 years and delivers one of the performances of the season, we must concede that this award is Tyson’s. With so many standout leading female performances this season, even a nomination is something, but it’s still a little disappointing to see Kristine Nielsen as just a nominee for “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” here instead of the front-runner in the featured category. Thanks, Tony administration committee.