Watch "Smash" and Broadway Stars Announce Winners of @Actor_Friend's Awards for Things "The Tonys Leave Out"

News   Watch "Smash" and Broadway Stars Announce Winners of @Actor_Friend's Awards for Things "The Tonys Leave Out"
Recipients of the first annual Awaresie Awards — honoring excellence on Broadway, Broadway Internet and, more specifically, "Sh*t the Tonys Leave Out" — have been announced (at an "elaborate ceremony" on YouTube). Watch them here! 

All nominees were handpicked by Annoying Actor Friend, and winners were voted on by the Awaresie Academy — a group of industry professionals and random friends chosen by Annoying Actor Friend.

The reason behind the awards is to celebrate elements such as sound design, rather than to ignore art altogether.

Presenters include Aaron Albano, Iain Armitage, Mo Brady, Frank DiLella, Brian Gallagher, Megan Hilty, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Ashlee Latimer, Lesli Margherita, Ellyn Marie Marsh, Kyle Dean Massey, Julia Murney, Chelsea Nachman, Cesar Rocha, Krysta Rodriguez, Jordan Roth, Nic Rouleau, Tara Rubin, Jennifer Ashley Tepper and Alex Wyse

Watch the ceremony below.

Winners (in bold preceded by an asterisk) follow:

Best Sound Design of a Play

*Ian Dickinson and Autograph, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Jill B.C. Du Boff, Hand to God
Nick Powell, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Fitz Patton, Airline Highway

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Scott LehrerThe King and I
*Kai HaradaFun Home
Peter HylenskiSomething Rotten!
Jon WestonOn the Twentieth Century

Best Casting of a Play

It's Only A Play, Carparelliotis Casting
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Daniel Swee CSA and Cindy Tolan CSA
*Hand to God, Telsey + Company and William Cantler CSA
The Elephant Man, Calleri Casting

Best Casting of a Musical

It Shoulda Been You, Tara Rubin Casting
Fun Home, Jim Carnahan Casting
The Visit, Calleri Casting
*Something Rotten!, Casey Nicholaw's Phone

Best Replacement in a Play or Musical 

Martin ShortIt's Only A Play
*Emma StoneCabaret
The Hedwigs, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Everyone, Finding Neverland

Best Production to Close Before the Tonys

*Side Show
The Last Ship
The Heidi Chronicles
Love Letters
Holler if Ya Hear Me

Play or Musical that Best Passes the BECHDEL Test

*Fun Home
It Shoulda Been You
Side Show
Airline Highway

Most Random Concert at 54 Below 

This Will Be Our Year
*Lost Boys Live!

Best at Keeping SMASH Relevant

*Jennifer Ashley Tepper
Annoying Actor Friend
Neil Meron and Craig Zadan

Karen or Ivy

*Ana Vargas

The Ana Vargas Award for Overall Badassery

Roma Torre
Helen Mirren
*Krysta Rodriguez

Best Fan of Annoying Actor Friend

Rachel Dratch
Angela Lansbury
Barack Obama
*Andy Mientus

Best Theatre Related YouTube Video I Watched at 2:30 in the Morning

Tituss Burgess sings "Meadowlark"
Patty & Emily Watch the 2014 Tony Awards
Opening Night of Fun Home with Broadway Style Guide hosted by Hayley Podschun 
Choosing the Right Font for Your Acting Resume

Best Performance by Kelli O'Hara

Chita RiveraThe Visit
Kristin ChenowethOn the Twentieth Century
Beth MaloneFun Home
Lisa HowardIt Shoulda Been You
*Kelli O'HaraThe King & I

Best Performance on Twitter

*Laura Benanti@LauraBenanti
Lesli Margherita@QueenLesli
Jordan Roth@Jordan_Roth
Chelsea Nachman, @chelseanachman
Alex Wyse@alexwyse
Jeff Heimbrock, @jheimbrock
HONORABLE MENTION: Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) and Everyone She Retweets

Best Performance by a Hashtag


The Elaine Stritch Unemployment Avoidance Award

Aaron Albano
*Cameron Adams
Charlie Sutton
Laura Osnes

Best Performance By Something That Makes You Want to Kill Yourself

Actors Who Still Say Shit Like "When it Rains, it Pours" on Social Media Like It's 2011
*The AEA 99-Seat Theatre Agreement Debate
Dream Casting's "Smack Down"
The Today Tix Hamilton Lottery

Best Broadway Internet Brand/Organization

The Book of Mormon
*Iain Loves Theatre
Patty & Emily: Comedy and Opinions from Two Broadway Fans
The Interval: Smart Girls' Guide to Theatricality

Best Marketing/Advertising Department for a Play or Musical

Hand to God, AKA
*Something Rotten!, SPOTCo, Inc.
It's Only a Play, AKA, DTE Agency
Fun Home, SPOTCo, Inc.
Hamilton, The Internet

Best Press Department for a Play or Musical

Fun Home, O&M Co.
Something Rotten! Boneau / Bryan-Brown
Hand to God, O&M Co.
On the Town, Matt Ross Public Relations
*Hamilton, The Internet

The ENSEMBLIST's Award for Best Ensemble in a Musical

I spend most of my time on white contracts, so I'm going to defer the nominating responsibilities in this category to the professionals: Nikka Graff Lanzarone and Mo Brady of The Ensemblist.

An American in Paris
*On the Town
Side Show
Something Rotten!

AWARESIE of the Year

*Annoying Actor Friend - "Wow! I can't believe I won! This is such a surprise! When I created the Awaresie Awards with the soul intention of awarding myself the top prize, I never imagined that dream would actually become a reality. I'm so incredibly humbled. I'd like to thank Twitter, Broadway, my fans, the Awaresie Academy, and most of all, Me, for without whom, none of this would have been possible. Goodnight, and see you all next year."


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