Gasps filled the room at the 2011 Tony nominations announcement this morning when hosts Anika Noni Rose and Matthew Broderick finished reading the list of nods for Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role in a Musical without mentioning Daniel Radcliffe, who was so heralded for his toe-tapping turn in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Most critics thought he was at least assured a nod, if not a win, for playing J. Pierrepont Finch — a role that scored its two previous actors, Robert Morse and Broderick himself, Tonys. There were even whispers about this being Radcliffe’s second snub, as he also went unrewarded for his Broadway debut in 2008’s Equus.
“I do feel bad, you know,” Broderick told EW backstage about Radcliffe’s omission. “It’s a bad feeling when that day comes. I’ve had that myself.”
“You know, every year somebody is left out,” added Rose, throwing her hands up in the air, “It’s hard, but there are so many things in that show that are nominated. And he’ll have another chance, because he’s really very good. He’s what, 21?”
But today all wasn’t about tears and WTF?s. The Book of Mormon, the rapturously reviewed musical by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone earned 14 nominations — the most of any production — including Best Musical and four nods in the acting categories. How to Succeed garnered eight nominations, including Best Direction of a Musical and Best Choreography for helmer Rob Ashford. And EW’s top Broadway production of 2010, The Scottsboro Boys, notched 12 nods — one of which went to Rose’s close buddy, Colman Domingo. “We have been good friends for about 13 years, and it was amazing and awesome to say his name up there on that stage,” she told EW with tears in her eyes.
As for their other BFFs in the running, Rose and Broderick claim to have a lot of them, but aren’t mentioning favorites. Though Rose has some kind words for one actor she doesn’t know: “Jerusalem’s Mark Rylance — who is not a friend of mine — is phenomenal up there. Great, great, great names this year.”
For a list of the nominees in all 26 categories, click here.