The 2012 Tony Awards nominations are in: Plays adapted from films, including "Once," or starring Hollywood actors, such as "Death of a Salesman," are miles ahead of the competition

Broadway’s awards season heated up May 1 with the announcement of the 2012 Tony Awards nominations. They spread the love among 30 deserving shows, including Once, the movie-turned-musical, which led the pack with 11 nods; Newsies, Disney’s newsboy spectacular (featuring best-actor nominee Jeremy Jordan); The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, starring perennial Tony fave Audra McDonald; Nice Work If You Can Get It, Kathleen Marshall‘s ode to musicals past; and Peter and the Starcatcher, a wildly refreshing reimagining of Peter Pan. The June 10 ceremony (airing on CBS) will have its share of Hollywood star power, thanks to noms for Stockard Channing (Other Desert Cities), Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield (Death of a Salesman), John Lithgow (The Columnist), and Cynthia Nixon (Wit). The snubs? Bernadette Peters‘ gorgeous turn in Follies and the infamously troubled Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which was (deservedly) shut out of all major categories. And sadly, Angela Lansbury (Gore Vidal’s The Best Man) will have to wait for another shot at a record-breaking sixth Tony award for acting.

Death of a Salesman
  • Stage
  • Mike Nichols