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2013 Tony Award Nominations: 'Kinky Boots' Leads with 13, Nods for Tom Hanks, Tony Shalhoub, Nora Ephron's 'Lucky Guy'

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 30, 2013 at 11:48AM

Nominations for the 2013 Tony Awards were announced Tuesday morning, with the musical "Kinky Boots" leading with 13 as well as a best actor nod for Tom Hanks in Nora Ephron's "Lucky Guy."
'Kinky Boots'
'Kinky Boots'

Nominations for the 2013 Tony Awards were announced Tuesday morning.

The drag queen musical "Kinky Boots," inspired by the true story behind the 2005 film of the same name, is at the head of the class acts with 13 nominations including best musical. Cyndi Lauper, who wrote the music and lyrics for "Boots," received the nomination for best score while playwright and seasoned Tony winner Harvey Fierstein ("La Cage aux Folles") is up for best book. Dennis Kelly's "Matilda the Musical," based on Roald Dahl's novel about a preternaturally gifted little girl, is close behind with 12 noms, including best musical.

Nora Ephron's final play "Lucky Guy" holds a place in six categories including best play and Tom Hanks for best actor. A few other notable Hollywood personalities appear on the ballot, including Tony Shalhoub for best featured actor ("Golden Boy") and Tracy Letts for best actor in Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Letts wrote the plays "Bug" and "Killer Joe" which have both been adapted into feature films by William Friedkin, and also penned "August: Osage County," now a film starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts slated for an end-of-the-year release by the Weinsteins. 

But there were just as many notable Hollywood snubs. Broadway habitues might be shocked by Bette Midler's shut-out. The one-character play "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers" just opened on Broadway to raves, particularly for Midler's performance as the titular notorious Hollywood agent (our TOH! review).

2013 Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain didn't make the cut for her performance in the revival of "The Heiress," a play adapted from the late-19th century novel "Washington Square" by Henry James. Also among the absentees were Scarlett Johansson ("Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"), Al Pacino (in "Glengarry Glen Ross" -- a role he already immortalized in David Mamet's screen version) and Alec Baldwin ("Orphans"). The NY Times' David Itzkoff weighed in on some of the snubs.

View the complete list of nominees here.

This article is related to: Tom Hanks, Nora Ephron, Tony Shalhoub, Bette Midler, Sue Mengers

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.