2015 Tony nominations: Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan receive first nods

Bradley Cooper was already a darling of awards season, but things keep getting better! The actor can add Tony nominee to his list of 2015 achievements, having scooped up a nod for his performance in The Elephant Man.

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The 2014 revival of the 1979 Bernard Pomerance play saw Bradley win critical acclaim for his portrayal of physically deformed historical figure John Merrick, and he said of his nomination: “To be a part of a community that gathers together in a 13 block radius, eight shows a week, no matter what, in the greatest city in the world – for one sole purpose, to tell stories – I can’t think of a better job to have.

“Thank you for letting The Elephant Man be a part of this season’s story telling.”

The Elephant Man on Broadway in 2014

The play has four nominations in total, including Best Revival, and the play and Bradley will soon be heading across the Atlantic for opening night in London on 19 May.

Bradley however is not the only high profile first time nominee. Oscar nominee Carey Mulliganis up for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play, and joining her in the category are Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss, and Ruth Wilson who stars alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in Constellations, a love story centered around one couple but based in various parallel universes.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson were rumoured to be dating after performing together in Constellations

Carey’s co-star Bill Nighy will go up against Bradley for Best Performance by an Actor. Carey and Bill’s play, Skylight, transferred from the West End to Broadway earlier in 2015. Speaking to Playbill, Carey said of her Tony nod: “I couldn’t be more thrilled for our cast, incredible director and ingenious creative team. I watched my first Broadway play at 14 and pictured myself up on that stage.

“For it not only to become a reality but then to be so generously and warmly accepted by this community is nothing short of a dream come true and is truly humbling.”

Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy in Skylight

Helen Mirren also finds herself up for her third Tony award for her portrayal of the Queen in The Audience. Helen, who won an Oscar and a BAFTA for her portrayal of the Queen in British film The Queen said: “It is a honor to be nominated and to become a part of the grand tradition of American theatre.

“I am very lucky that I speak American! Albeit in the play with a very British accent. It is a very exciting season on Broadway, with many great plays, musicals, and performances, so just to be a part of that is a thrill.”

Best Play

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Author: Simon Stephens

Disgraced
Author: Ayad Akhtar

Hand to God
Author: Robert Askins

Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Co-Authors: Hilary Mantel and Mike Poulton

Best Musical

An American in Paris
Fun Home
Something Rotten!
The Visit

Best Revival of a Play

The Elephant Man
Skylight
This Is Our Youth
You Can’t Take It with You

Best Revival of a Musical

The King and I
On the Town
On the Twentieth Century

Best Book of a Musical

An American in Paris
Fun Home
Something Rotten!
The Visit

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Fun Home
The Last Ship
Something Rotten!
The Visit

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Steven Boyer, Hand to God
Bradley Cooper, The Elephant Man
Ben Miles, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Bill Nighy, Skylight
Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Geneva Carr, Hand to God
Helen Mirren, The Audience
Elisabeth Moss, The Heidi Chronicles
Carey Mulligan, Skylight
Ruth Wilson, Constellations

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Michael Cerveris, Fun Home
Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris
Brian d’Arcy James, Something Rotten!
Ken Watanabe, The King and I
Tony Yazbeck, On the Town

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth Century
Leanne Cope, An American in Paris
Beth Malone, Fun Home
Kelli O’Hara, The King and I
Chita Rivera, The Visit

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Matthew Beard, Skylight
K. Todd Freeman, Airline Highway
Richard McCabe, The Audience
Alessandro Nivola, The Elephant Man
Nathaniel Parker, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Micah Stock, It’s Only a Play

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Annaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It with You
Patricia Clarkson, The Elephant Man
Lydia Leonard, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Sarah Stiles, Hand to God
Julie White, Airline Highway

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Christian Borle, Something Rotten!
Andy Karl, On the Twentieth Century
Brad Oscar, Something Rotten!
Brandon Uranowitz, An American in Paris
Max von Essen, An American in Paris

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Victoria Clark, Gigi
Judy Kuhn, Fun Home
Sydney Lucas, Fun Home
Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I
Emily Skeggs, Fun Home

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Bunny Christie and Finn Ross, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Bob Crowley, Skylight
Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
David Rockwell, You Can’t Take It with You

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Bob Crowley and 59 Productions, An American in Paris
David Rockwell, On the Twentieth Century
Michael Yeargan, The King and I
David Zinn, Fun Home

Best Costume Design of a Play

Bob Crowley, The Audience
Jane Greenwood, You Can’t Take It with You
Christopher Oram, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
David Zinn, Airline Highway

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes, Something Rotten!
Bob Crowley, An American in Paris
William Ivey Long, On the Twentieth Century
Catherine Zuber, The King and I

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Paule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Paule Constable and David Plater, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Natasha Katz, Skylight
Japhy Weideman, Airline Highway

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Donald Holder, The King and I
Natasha Katz, An American in Paris
Ben Stanton, Fun Home
Japhy Weideman, The Visit

Best Direction of a Play

Stephen Daldry, Skylight
Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Scott Ellis, You Can’t Take It with You
Jeremy Herrin, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Hand to God

Best Direction of a Musical

Sam Gold, Fun Home
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
John Rando, On the Town
Bartlett Sher, The King and I
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Best Choreography

Joshua Bergasse, On the Town
Christopher Gattelli, The King and I
Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Best Orchestrations

Christopher Austin, Don Sebesky, Bill Elliott, An American in Paris
John Clancy, Fun Home
Larry Hochman, Something Rotten!
Rob Mathes, The Last Ship

Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Tommy Tune

Special Tony Award
John Cameron Mitchell

Regional Theatre Tony Award

Cleveland Play House, Cleveland, Ohio

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award
Stephen Schwartz

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
Arnold Abramson Adrian Bryan-Brown Gene O’Donovan

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