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The Olivier Awards, which honor the best of theater in the U.K., may as well be another Hollywood party this year. Dame Judi Dench, Jude Law and Tom Hiddleston are all up for awards, as is the stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Dench is up for an award thanks to her performance in Peter And Alice. She was just nominated for another Oscar for Philomena. According to The BBC, Dench’s Best Actress competition includes Hayley Atwell (The Pride), Anna Chancellor (Private Lives and Lesley Manville (Ghosts).
Law is up for Best Actor for Henry V. His competition includes Avengers villain Hiddleston, who was in Coriolanus. Other nominees include Rory Kinnear (Othello) and Henry Goodman (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui).
Charlie earned seven nominations, tying it for the most with a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along . Once, The Book of Mormon and The Scottsboro Boys each received six nominations. The trio will compete with Charlie for Best New Musical.
Digital Spy notes that the Best New Comedy category has returned, with The Full Monty, Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, The Duck House and The Same Deep Water As Me nominated.
There is one new award this year - the BBC2 Audience Award, which will be voted on by the public. Popular favorites Matilda The Musical, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked are up for the award.
The awards are set for April 13 at London’s Royal Opera House. you can check out the full list of nominees at Oliver Awards.com.
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