There will be no Tony Award for Toni Collette.
The Australian actress, along with her high-profile cast mates Michael C. Hall, Marisa Tomei and Tracy Letts in the play The Realistic Joneses, were among the high-profile snubs when nominations for Broadway’s biggest awards night were announced on Tuesday.
Despite strong reviews, Collette was bumped out of the best performance by an actress in a leading role in a play category by Tyne Daly (Mothers and Sons), LaTanya Richardson Jackson (A Raisin in the Sun), Cherry Jones (The Glass Menagerie) and Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill).
The American Theatre Wing was not swayed by Hollywood star power in deciding its nominees, with Denzel Washington, Daniel Radcliffe, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Rebecca Hall, James Franco and Zachary Quinto also among the casualties.
The big winner ahead of June 8’s 68th annual Tony Awards was the musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, with a leading 10 nominations.
In other categories, the Harlem nightclub revue After Midnight, Disney’s Aladdin, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder will compete for best musical.
The Realistic Joneses was also left out of best play, with Act I, All The Way, Casa Valentina, Mothers And Sons and Outside Mullingar scoring the nods.
No even a surprise appearance by Jackman at the nomination ceremony could lift Collette to a second Tony nomination, after the Sydney actress scored a leading actress in a musical nomination in 2000 for her performance in The Wild Party.
“I’m sorry to hijack your show,” Jackman, carrying an empty coffee mug and then reminding viewers the Tony Awards were on June 8, told nomination ceremony hosts Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu after he strolled on stage.