With this morning’s announcement of the Academy Award nominations, the Broadway community was well-represented among the honorees who will be vying for the Oscar statuettes in categories of acting, writing, music, as well as a handful of others. Here is a closer look at the Broadway favorites from over the years who will be walking the red carpet in Hollywood this March.
The Best Supporting Actress category features two Broadway regulars amongst its ranks: Allison Janney (recently of Six Degrees of Separation and a Tony nominee for 9 to 5 and A View from a Bridge) is nominated for her work in the comedy I, Tonya. Recent Tony-winner Laurie Metcalf who took home the Best Actress Tony for her work in A Doll’s House – Part 2, is recognized for her work in the film Ladybird. Metcalf has also appeared in Misery, The Other Place, Broadway Bound and she is currently preparing to appear in Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women. For Actors in a Supporting Role, Christopher Plummer, a mainstay of the Broadway stage, is nominated for his performance in All the Money in the World. A two-time Tony winner in 1974 for the musical Cyrano and in 1996 for the play Barrymore, Plummer has appeared Inherit the Wind, King Lear, Macbeth, No Man’s Land, Othello, and J.B. Sam Rockwell, who is being honored for his work in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has graced Broadway with his talents in Fool for Love and A Beheading in Spokane. Woody Harrelson, also nominated for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has appeared on Broadway in Biloxi Blues and The Rainmaker.
In the leading actress and actor categories, the Broadway representation is just as plentiful. Meryl Streep, who is nominated for The Post, has appeared on Broadway several times during her illustrious career including The Happy End, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton (Tony nomination), Trelawney of the Wells, and The Cherry Orchard. Nominated for her work in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Frances McDormand appeared in Good People, The Country Girl, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Awake and Sing! representing her four Broadway outings. Sally Hawkins, who is nominated for her breakout performance in The Shape of Water appeared in a Broadway production of Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Ladybird’s Saoirse Ronan portrayed Abigail Williams in the 2016 Broadway revival of The Crucible. Lucille Lortel winner Timothee Chalamet for his work in the Off-Broadway play Prodigal Son, is nominated for his role Call Me By Your Name. Denzel Washington, recently of Broadway’s The Iceman Cometh, is (once-again) nominated for his work in Roman J. Israel, Esq. Washington is a Tony Award winner for his turn in August Wilson’s Fences.
Also among the list-of-talents nominated, the team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, A Christmas Story) are securing their place as one of the most-popular and honored songwriting duos in recent-memory. Their liberating anthem “This Is Me” from the movie musical The Greatest Showman is nominated for Best Song.
The 90th Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Jimmy Kimmel will host the Oscars, which will air live on ABC, 8:00 PM (EST).
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.