Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Featured Actors

My next four entries relating to awards prognostication will be about the featured/supporting actors and actresses.  To start, I will talk about the featured actors in plays.  The five performances I've picked here are what I believe to be the five best performances of the year by any featured actor this year and, on many of them, the critics seem to have agreed.

Eric Bogosian, Time Stands Still
Brooks Ashmanskas, Present Laughter
Reg Rogers, The Royal Family
Michael Cristoger, A View From the Bridge
Santino Fontana, Brighton Beach Memoirs

These performances are above and beyond some of the greatest performances this year, and think the Tony will agree.  Santino Fontana and Reg Rogers will have the "closed show" factor working against them, so we may see an upset from someone like Anthony Mackie or Sam Rockwell from A Behanding in Spokane in the mix on May 4th.  On the outside, we may even see Jon Michael Hill, the young man at the center of Superior Donuts, getting a nomination here, though his chances are slim because of "closed show syndrome" and because, while he gave just as strong a performance as the others, he wasn't as buzzed about as the other five were.

Other shows with potential for nomination in this category are Next Fall, Enron, Looped, Lend Me a Tenor, Fences, Collected Stories, and Lips Together, Teeth Apart.  I doubt, however, that any of these shows will be high on the list to receive many nominations, if any at all.

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