And the Winner Isn't: Famous Tony Award Snubs Through the Years

By Carey Purcell
14 May 2013

Alan Rickman in Seminar.
Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Alan Rickman received strong reviews for his role as a terrifying literary professor in the 2011 play Seminar, by Theresa Rebeck, but he didn't make the grade for a nomination; neither did Samuel L. Jackson for his performance as Martin Luther King in The Mountaintop. Nominators did not find Matthew Broderick's performance in Nice Work If You Can Get It to be "s'wonderful" enough for a nomination, and neither John Laroquette nor Eric McCormack were found to be "The Best Man" in the play of the same name.

But snubs regarding the Tony Awards have not been one-sided; the silver statue has been snubbed by nominees as well. When nominated for Best Featured Actor for his performance as John Adams in Sherman Edward and Peter Stone's musical 1776, William Daniels refused the nomination on the grounds he was a leading actor in the production. And, perhaps most famously, Julie Andrews declined her nomination as Best Actress in Victor/Victoria because she felt the musical, by Henry Mancini, Blake Edwards and Leslie Bricusse, had been "egregiously overlooked," not receiving any other nominations.

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