Tony Award nominees announced: Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Hiddleston make the cut!
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Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Hiddleston are among the nominees for this year’s Tony Awards.

The two actors will both battle it out for the Best Actor in a Play gong at the annual awards ceremony - which is formally known as the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Broadway Theater - which are held to honor on-stage performances.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many theaters were forced to close for most of this year, meaning only 18 productions were eligible for nominations, which is roughly half the number that would be contending in a normal year.

The musicals ‘Jagged Little Pill’ and ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ led this year’s nominees with 15 and 14 nods respectively, whilst ‘Slave Play’ was the most nominated play with 12 nominations.

‘Tina: The Tina Turner Musical’ also received 12 nominations, including a Best Actress (Musical) nod for lead star Adrienne Warren.

And in a Tony Awards first, the limited number of plays eligible for nominations means that just one actor, Aaron Tveit, has been nominated for the Best Actor (Musical) category, for his role in ‘Moulin Rouge’.

The ceremony, originally scheduled to take place at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, will be virtual this year, and as of the time of writing, a date for the show has not been announced.

There were 31 productions on the boards on March 12 before all theaters were ordered to close, with another eight due to begin preview performances ahead of the April 23 eligibility for this year’s Tony Awards.

An abridged list of the 2020 Tony Awards nominees:

BEST MUSICAL

'Jagged Little Pill'

'Moulin Rouge! The Musical'

'Tina: The Tina Turner Musical’

BEST PLAY

'Grand Horizons' - Bess Wohl

'The Inheritance' - Matthew Lopez

'Sea Wall/A Life' - Simon Stephens/Nick Payne

'Slave Play' - Jeremy O. Harris

'The Sound Inside' - Adam Rapp

BEST PLAY REVIVAL

'Betrayal'

'Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune'

‘A Soldier’s Play'

BEST ACTOR (PLAY)

Ian Barford - 'Linda Vista'

Andrew Burnap - 'The Inheritance'

Jake Gyllenhaal - 'Sea Wall/A Life'

Tom Hiddleston - 'Betrayal'

Tom Sturridge - 'Sea Wall/A Life'

Blair Underwood - 'A Soldier’s Play'

BEST ACTRESS (PLAY)

Joaquina Kalukango - 'Slave Play'

Laura Linney - 'My Name Is Lucy Barton'

Audra McDonald - 'Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune'

Mary-Louise Parker - 'The Sound Inside'

BEST ACTOR (MUSICAL)

Aaron Tveit - 'Moulin Rouge! The Musical'

BEST ACTRESS (MUSICAL)

Karen Olivo - 'Moulin Rouge! The Musical'

Elizabeth Stanley - 'Jagged Little Pill'

Adrienne Warren - 'Tina - The Tina Turner Musical'

BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY

David Cromer - 'The Sound Inside'

Stephen Daldry - 'The Inheritance'

Kenny Leon - 'A Soldier’s Play'

Jamie Lloyd - 'Betrayal'

Robert O’Hara - 'Slave Play'

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL

Phyllida Lloyd - 'Tina: The Tina Turner Musical'

Diane Paulus - 'Jagged Little Pill'

Alex Timbers - 'Moulin Rouge! The Musical'

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY

Ato Blankson-Wood - 'Slave Play'

James Cusati-Moyer - 'Slave Play'

David Alan Grier - 'A Soldier’s Play'

John Benjamin Hickey - 'The Inheritance'

Paul Hilton - 'The Inheritance’

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY

Jane Alexander - 'Grand Horizons'

Chalia La Tour - 'Slave Play'

Annie McNamara - 'Slave Play'

Lois Smith' - 'The Inheritance'

Cora Vander Broek - 'Linda Vista’

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Danny Burstein - 'Moulin Rouge! The Musical'

Derek Klena - 'Jagged Little Pill'

Sean Allan Krill - 'Jagged Little Pill'

Sahr Ngaujah - 'Moulin Rouge! The Musical'

Daniel J. Watts - 'Tina - The Tina Turner Musical’

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Kathryn Gallagher - 'Jagged Little Pill'

Celia Rose Gooding - 'Jagged Little Pill'

Robyn Hurder - 'Moulin Rouge! The Musical'

Lauren Patten - 'Jagged Little Pill'

Myra Lucretia Taylor - 'Tina - The Tina Turner Musical'

This article originally ran on celebretainment.com.

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