This year's Tony Awards will look more like the Oscars — a slew of Hollywood stars, including Scarlett Johansson, Jude Law, Liev Schreiber, Denzel Washington and Catherine Zeta-Jones were nominated for theater's highest honors on May 4.
"What a thrill to be nominated! I couldn't imagine a better way to make my Broadway debut," said Catherine, who is up for lead actress in a musical for A Little Night Music. Scarlett, who also made her Broadway debut in A View from the Bridge, got her nod for featured actress in a play. Sitcom stars Sean Hayes (for Promises, Promises) and Kelsey Grammer (for La Cage aux Folles) will compete for best actor in a musical, while Jude (Hamlet), Liev (A View from the Bridge) and Denzel (Fences) will all face off against Christopher Walken (A Behanding in Spokane) and Alfred Molina (Red) for best actor in a play. But Jude will have to bring girlfriend Sienna Miller as his date because she was snubbed for her Broadway debut in After Miss Julie. And in another surprise, Tony favorite (and former host) Hugh Jackman, along with Daniel Craig, his co-star in A Steady Rain, also didn't make the cut.
Will Smith, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys will no doubt be cheering on Best Musical nominee Fela!, which they produced. The show, which Madonna loved so much she saw it twice, got a total of 11 nominations. Also up for Best Musical is Green Day's rock opera American Idiot, featuring Theo Stockman, the boyfriend of Glee's Lea Michele.
The Tony Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York on June 13.