As the entertainment industry turns its attention to the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday evening, we’re taking a moment to celebrate past Tony Award-winners and nominees who will be involved in this year’s Oscars ceremony.
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda could walk away with an Academy Award for Best Song, as the composer/lyricist of "How Far I’ll Go" from the film Moana. If so, he’ll become an EGOT, one of the select group of artists who have won all 4 of the entertainment industry’s top awards: an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. Actually he’s won 3 Tonys, for In the Heights (Best Score) and Hamilton (Best Book and Best Score). Miranda is set to perform on the Oscar telecast.
The red-hot songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul earned two Oscar nominations for the lyrics to a pair of songs featured in La La Land (a Best Picture nominee), and on Broadway they are currently represented by their the musical Dear Evan Hansen. The duo were Tony-nominated in 2013 for A Christmas Story.
Competing with Miranda and Pasek & Paul in the Best Song category is pop legend Sting, who was nominated for his song (co-written with J. Ralph) "The Empty Chair" from Jim: The James Foley Story. You can watch him perform on the Oscar telecast. Sting most recently appeared on Broadway when he joined the cast of his musical The Last Ship late in the run. He received a 2015 Tony nomination for writing the show’s score.
August Wilson’s drama was first seen on Broadway in 1987, winning that year’s Tony Award as Best Play. A 2010 production won the Tony as Best Revival of a Play, and earned Tony Awards for its leads, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. Fences is now a film, and it has earned Academy Award nominations for Washington and Davis, as well as a posthumous Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for Wilson. It’s also in the running for Best Picture.
Michelle Williams was Tony-nominated in 2016 for her performance in the David Harrower drama Blackbird. She is up for Best Supporting Actress in Manchester by the Sea. That film’s Oscar-nominated writer and director is Kenneth Lonergan, the playwright of This Is Our Youth (2015 Tony Award nomination, Best Revival of a Play).
This 2016 Tony Award-nominee for Long Day’s Journey into Night is a 2017 Oscar-nominee for his performance in Nocturnal Animals.
Her performance in the film Florence Foster Jenkins earned Meryl Streep a 20th Oscar nomination (she has won 3 times). Streep was Tony-nominated in 1976 for her performances in a pair of one-acts by Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller.
The singer/songwriter made her Broadway writing debut with the hit musical Waitress last season, and earned a Tony Award for Best Score. Later this spring she joins the Waitress company to play the lead role for three months beginning on March 31, taking over for Jessie Mueller and making her Broadway performance debut. Bareilles will perform the In Memoriam segment on the Oscar telecast. She has already appeared on stage the Emmys, the Grammys and the Tonys, completing a performance EGOT.
The evening’s starry list of presenters boasts many past Tony-nominees and winners including Meryl Streep, Scarlett Johnasson, Mark Rylance, and Warren Beatty.
Calling the shots at the 2017 Oscars telecast will be Glenn Weiss, the Emmy Award-winning director and co-executive producer of many past Tony telecast (Weiss and team will return to bring the 2017 Tonys to CBS on June 11). The Oscar ceremony's scenic designer is past Tony-winner Derek McLane.
The Tonys-Oscars connection continues even after Sunday night’s ceremony ends. 2016 Tony Award-winner Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple) is set to perform later in the evening at the official Oscars after party, the Governors’ Ball.
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The Oscars will be broadcast live from Los Angeles on February 26. On behalf of the Tony Awards and the entire Broadway community, break a leg to all!
The American Theatre Wing’s 71st Annual Tony Awards will air live from Radio City Music Hall on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 11, 2017 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT). The Tony Awards, which honors theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
The Nominations for the 2017 Tony Awards will be announced live on May 2, 2017, on TonyAwards.com.
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See you on June 11!Revised Tuesday, 09 May, 2017