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Tony Awards: Aaron Tveit is the only nominee in his category. He could still lose.

Aaron Tveit starred in Moulin Rouge! The Musical as Christian, a task originated by Ewan McGregor within the 2001 movie of the identical title.


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Coronavirus has thrown a spanner within the works with regards to award season. From amending Oscars eligibility requirements to virtual Emmy Awards ceremonies in September, the trade has been shaken up. However the Tony Awards, Broadway’s night time of nights, may take the cake with an uncommon — however becoming — case of the dramatics. 

Nominations for the 2020 Tony Awards had been introduced on Thursday, however a condensed eligibility window following the Broadway League’s lockdown mandate in March has left the class of Greatest Efficiency By An Actor In A Main Position a one-man race.

Aaron Tveit, identified greatest for originating the position of Frank Abagnale Jr. within the stage model of Catch Me If You Can and for his standout efficiency in Tom Hooper’s movie adaptation of Les Misérables, was nominated for his position as Christian in Moulin Rouge! The Musical. 

No person else made the reduce.

Regardless of a powerful, vocal fan base and stellar Broadway resumé, Tveit has by no means gained a Tony Award earlier than — so with all that in thoughts, you’d assume he has it within the bag, proper? 

Unsuitable. 

There’s nonetheless an opportunity Tveit might lose the coveted prize. In response to the principles of the Tony Awards, if an actor or actress is operating unopposed of their class, they’ll solely win in the event that they garner over 60% of the Tony’s voter poll. If voters abstain they usually do not surpass 60% of the votes, the class goes unawarded.

Now, realistically, the possibilities of this occurring are extremely slim and Tveit can most likely order within the champagne and streamers, however it’s a becoming reminder that nominations and eligibility stay a contentious situation within the leisure trade — now greater than ever.

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Steph Panecasio