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Al Pacino nominated for Tony award


Al Pacino has been nominated for a Tony award

Al Pacino has been nominated for a Tony award

Al Pacino has been nominated for a Tony award

Al Pacino, Vanessa Redgrave and Joanna Lumley have been nominated in this year's round of Tony awards.

The Godfather star Pacino has been recognised for his role in the play The Merchant Of Venice, and goes head to head with British actor Mark Rylance, less than a fortnight after his play Jerusalem opened on Broadway.

Mark's Tony nomination for Best Actor follows rave reviews from American critics for the play, which opened on Broadway on April 20 and which is also nominated for Best Play.

Also up for a Tony is his co-star Mackenzie Crook, best known to TV viewers as Gareth from The Office. He is nominated for best supporting actor.

Vanessa is in the running for best actress, against stars such as Frances McDormand.

Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna will compete for the best supporting actress in a play prize for her performance in La Bete.

Leading the nominations is The Book Of Mormon created by the team behind near-the-knuckle animated TV series South Park. The production has been shortlisted for 14 awards.

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War Horse, created by British writer Michael Morpurgo, which originally opened at the National Theatre in London, is up for five prizes including best play and best direction. A film version directed by Steven Spielberg is due for release later this year.

Among the most notable snubs is that of Daniel Radcliffe, whose role in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying did not land him a nomination.

The Tony Awards take place on June 12 at The Beacon Theatre in New York.

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