So, the nominations for the Oliviers have been announced and, as usual, there’s at least one big surprise omission.
This year it is Kenneth Branagh and Michael Grandage’s turn.
Despite being critically lauded for his perfomance in Ivanov (and picking up the Critics’ Circle Award last week), Branagh doesn’t even make the shortlist for the Oliviers.
And while the Donmar has managed to scoop 13 nominations, I think Grandage could probably deserve to feel a little aggrieved that he hasn’t got a nod for at least one of the productions that he has helmed - Ivanov, The Chalk Garden, Twelfth Night…
Maybe it was something they said…
The full nominations can be found here
Also, in case your interested, here’s a few observations from the nominations list, in no particular order.
The number of nominations for subsidised vs commercial productions is roughly 50/50, with the subsidised theatre just edging it.
However, the number of nominations for shows that will be open after the award ceremony (March 8) vs those that will be closed is nearly three to one in favour of the closed shows.
That’s obviously worth bearing in mind when one considers that award ceremonies are as much a means of promotion as anything else…
And finally, I think it’s worth noting that there are only two nominations for Best New Musical - Jersey Boys and Zorro - in what most people would probably recognise hasn’t been a vintage year for new writing in musical theatre. In such a small field, Marguerite will be disappointed not to have picked up at least a nomination nod in this category.
Best Entertainment is probably a much stronger field this year - with Brief Encounter, La Clique and Maria Friedman: Re-Arranged all in with a good shout.
Overall, expect the Donmar to do well (I’d guess at a minimum of two or three gongs), while La Cage aux Folles could also feature heavily when the final prizes are handed out.
What are your thoughts on the nominations?