Hollywood 2014: Movie Stars and Tony Awards

Daniel Radcliffe and Denzel Washington, giving highly praised performances in the revivals of “The Cripple of Inishmaan” and “A Raisin in the Sun,” respectively, were the most glaring omissions among the 2014 list of Tony nominees.

Joining them out there were Michelle Williams for “Cabaret” revival, along with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, both of plays in repertory, “Waiting for Godot” and “No Man’s Land.”

Also snubbed were James Franco (“Of Mice and Men”), Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz (both in “Betrayal”), Orlando Bloom (“Romeo and Juliet”), Debra Messing (“Outside Mullingar”) and the entire cast of the play “The Realistic Joneses” — Michael C. Hall, Toni Collette and Marisa Tomei, plus Tracy Letts, who won last year’s lead play acting Tony for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

The New York theater industry has always viewed Hollywood celebs with skepticism, but you can’t argue that the Tonys refuse to recognize Hollywood talent when they feel an honor is deserved.  Neil Patrick Harris (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) and Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) scored high-profile lead acting nominations, and each is widely considered to be the frontrunner in his respective categories.

There are also Chris O’Dowd (“Of Mice and Men”), Idina Menzel (“If/Then”) and Tony Shalhoub (“Act One”), among others.

The community loves Hugh Jackman so much that they gave him a special Tony in 2012, and he’ll be back to host the Tony ceremony for the fourth time on June 8.

Radcliffe has yet to score a nomination (after Broadway stints in “Equus” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”), but Washington won a Tony the last time around, scoring the trophy in 2010 for “Fences.”

Scarlett Johansson, too, has seen both sides of the legit awards season, winning for “A View From the Bridge” in 2010, but not even nominated for “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” in 2013.

Thesps more familiar for their work in Hollywood than on Broadway ultimately find that, just as everyone else on the Rialto, they’re subject to the same category limitations and the same whims of taste that sway all the nominators’ decisions.