Tony Winner Alan Bates
Photo by Aubrey Reuben
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAY: Alan Bates, Fortune's Fool
Theatre: The Unexpected Man, Look Back in Anger, The Caretaker, Long Day's Journey Into Night (Clarence Derwent Award), Butley (Tony, Evening Standard Award), Stagestruck. Film: The Fixer (Oscar nom.), An Unmarried Woman, Butley, In Celebration, The Entertainer, Whistle Down the Wind, Zorba the Greek, Georgie Girl, King of Hearts, Nijinsky, Gosford Park, Sum of All Fears. TV: "Bertie and Elizabeth," "Witches of Salem."
Billy Crudup, The Elephant Man
Theatre: Broadway: Three Sisters, Roundabout Theater; Bus Stop, Circle in the Square; Arcadia, Lincoln Center. Off-B'way: America Dreaming, Oedipus, Measure for Measure (Shakespeare in the Park). Film: Grind, Sleepers, Everyone Says I Love You, Inventing the Abbotts, Monument Avenue, Without Limits, The Hi-Lo Country, Waking the Dead, Jesus' Son, Almost Famous, Charlotte Gray, World Traveler.
Liam Neeson, The Crucible
Theatre: Broadway: The Judas Kiss and Anna Christie. U.K. and Ireland: The Plough and the Stars, Translations; seasons at the Lyric Players Theatre, Abbey Theatre, Project Art Centre. TV: "Sweet As You Are," "Nailed," "A Woman of Substance," "Ellis Island." Film: Excalibur, Michael Collins, Schindler's List, Les Miserables, Star Wars: Episode 1, Ethan Frome, Darkman, Rob Roy, The Mission, Husbands and Wives.
Alan Rickman, Private Lives
Theatre: Commitments, The Devil Himself, Hamlet. Royal Court: The Seagull, Lucky Chance. RSC: The Tempest, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Tony nom Best Actor). RNT: Antony and Cleopatra. Edinburgh: Brothers Karamazov, Tango at the End of Winter (Time Out Award Best Actor). TV: "Barchester Chronicles," "Benefactors," "Rasputin" (Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG Awards, Best Actor). Film: Truly Madly Deeply, Die Hard, Bob Roberts.
Jeffrey Wright, Topdog/Underdog
Mr. Wright also received a Drama Desk nomination for his performance as Lincoln. He last played Broadway in Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk. Other stage work: Angels in America (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC Awards); NYSF: Julius Caesar and King Lear. He earned an AFI Award for his portrayal of Martin Luther King, Jr. in HBO's "Boycott." Film: Ali, Basquiat, Ang Lee's Ride with the Devil, and Shaft. TV: "Separate but Equal" and "Angels in America."