Jake Gyllenhaal gives Cicely Tyson the Tony for Best Actress in a Play for “A Trip to Bountiful” . A well-deserved award for a beautiful, moving performance. And the only standing ovation of the evening ensued. And she gave an appropriately beautiful and moving speech. “The thumbprint of all who have touched me…”
And then Jake the Great gave Best Actress in a Musical to Patina Miller for “Pippin” who unfortunately I didn’t see because she was out that night.
She SHOULD have won it for “Sister Act” two years ago, as I told her at the Drama Desk Nominee Cocktail Party which you can see at http://www.youtube.com/StephenHoltShow
I saw “Pippin” and enjoyed it immensely, especially Andrea Martin and the circus elements.
But Patina’s understudy, Stephanie Pope, was just AWFUL, so that part of the musical was M.I.A. Ben Vereen won a Tony and built a career on doing THAT part?!?
I wish I had seen Patina, whom I like personally immensely.
I admire Tracey Letts’ performance in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” but I didn’t expect him to be awarded for a role in a play that closed. “Virginia Woolf” won THREE big awards tonight. Best Director of a Play, Best Revival of a Play and now Best Actor.
This is probably a harbinger of more awards to come Oscartime when “August: Osage County” comes around starring Meryl Steep & Julia Roberts and produced by Harvey Weinstein.
Less than happy about Billy Porter of “KB” winning over Bertie Carvel for “Matilda.” I didn’t like his performance. Period.
And I’m REALLLLY upset about “Matilda” not winning Best Musical.That sort of ruined my night.
At last! And just in time for the Tonys, my Tony nomination prediction show is now up in its entirety on You Tube ~ www.youtube.com/StephenHoltShow
And you can see me and my fellow predictors Scott Siegel and Sherry Eaker give our informed, but VERY different takes on who is going to win what in eight of the top categories Best Actress and Actor in a Musical, Best Actress and Actor in a Play, Best Play and Best Musical.
We also slip in Best Revival of a Play and Best Revival of a Musical.
Interestingly, we only agreed twice. On Best Musical and Best Revival of a Play! Otherwise, we agreed to disagree. Once, we each had a different choice ~ in Best Actor in a Play! So I guess you could say that THAT is a category that is up for grabs.
We filmed it at the glamourous Indian restaurant the Bombay Palace. In front of its’ very, very famous and very, very large fish tank. The fish stole the show, but its’ black and yellow eel really was the unexpected star.
I hope you enjoy this spirited, intense conversation about the year’s best theater! I know I did!
As you know, I already revealed ONE of my picks in the previous post. Patina Miller as Best Actress in a Musical for “Sister Act.” Scott and Sherry did NOT agree with me…as you’ll see!
And as I’m thinking about tonight’s Tony show, MY Tony show, my Tony prediction show, see previous post, Who do I run in to on the street sitting and chatting with her manager in a sidewalk cafe, but the diva herself Patina Miller! The star of “Sister Act,” who is nominated for a Tony herself as Best Actress in a Musical, Patina looked radiantly happy, and she jumped up and hugged and air-kissed me, thanking me profusely for the lovely interview we did at the Drama Desk Nominee Cocktail Party about a month ago, exactly. You can see the video of that momentous occasion here at ~ www.youtube.com/StephenHoltShow
It was another magical moment with Miss Miller, who, I’ll give you a hint about tonight’s Tony Prediction Show, I DID predict that she would win. And I told Patina that, too.
She just seemed to be delighteded-ness personified. What would be the noun of that declension? Simply, delight!
And I wondered if me bumping into her so randomly like that, was some kind of Tony precursor, in itself? What with my Tony prediction show on tonight and me being the Oscar Messenger and all…Hmmmm…
All I can say is “You Rock, Girl!”