Tony Snubs of 2014: Denzel Washington, Daniel Radcliffe, Daniel Craig, Michelle Williams Walk Away Empty Handed

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29 Apr 2014

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Stephen Spinella is a two-time Tony Award winner for Angels in America: Perestroika and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, but his performance as Chris in Eric Coble's two-hander The Velocity of Autumn did not receive a nomination, while Estelle Parsons, who co-stars with Spinella as his feisty mother, did.

James Franco has a jam-packed resumé already, but he is not able to add Tony nominee to his list of credentials. Making his Broadway debut in the Anna D. Shapiro-helmed revival of Of Mice and Men, Franco did not garner a nomination for his performance as George. His co-star, however, Chris O'Dowd, was nominated for Best Actor in a Play.

Making his Broadway musical debut in the Jason Robert Brown tuner The Bridges of Madison County, Steven Pasquale, whose performance of "It All Fades Away" left audiences enrapt, was thought by many to be a front runner for a Best Actor in a Musical Tony nomination. But the "Rescue Me" star didn't earn a nomination for the role of romantic photographer Robert, who woos Italian housewife Francesca.

TV stars that took to the stage, but did not receive nominations, also include  "Scrubs" star Zach Braff in Bullets Over Broadway; "Weeds" leading lady Mary-Louise Parker in The Snow Geese; "Will and Grace" and "Smash" star Debra Messing, making her Broadway debut in Outside Mullingar; "Dexter" slasher Michael C. Hall and "The United States of Tara" star Toni Collette in The Realistic Jonses. Hall and Collette's co-stars, Academy Award winner Marissa Tomei and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts, were not nominated either.



Leaving the 2013-14 season completely empty-handed was the highly anticipated Big Fish, the Andrew Lippa-John August musical helmed by Tony winner Susan Stroman. Boasting an impressive cast that included Kate Baldwin and Bobby Steggert, as well as two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz giving a tour-de-force performance as both the old and young Edward Bloom, the visually decadent production that boasted numerous song-and-dance numbers didn't receive a single nod from the Tonys. 

Directors that were not recognized include Alex Timbers, Michael Greif, Susan Stroman, Joe Mantello, Lonny Price, Bart Sher and Sam Gold. 

Several productions were also locked out of Tony nominations this season, including Waiting for Godot, No Man's Land, Betrayal, Will Eno's The Realistic Joneses, Soul Doctor, Bronx Bombers, The Winslow Boy, First Date and Romeo and Juliet.

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