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Olivier Awards shortlist - predictions and omissions (and now the results)

Everyone else has already mulled over the Olivier Awards shortlist I'm sure but I'm not one to miss an opportunity to put in my own two-penneth.

So here are some of my thoughts on the contenders, my predictions for the winners and those I think were shamefully missed off.  (And now with the results added in)

Best New Play


Jumpy - I enjoyed it very much critics were more mixed, not sure I would give it an award though

Ladykillers - Memorable more for the set than the play which was entertaining enough but not the funniest thing around in the West End in the last 12 months.

One Man Two Guvnors - Enjoyed, probably even more second time around when could pay more attention to witty script. Yes this should be here.

Collaborators - Loved this. Very clever as well as funny,  well deserves its place.

OMISSION?  Well most of the new writing I've seen isn't in the West End so I can't add anything that would qualify for this category.

AND THE WINNER IS? I'd like it to be Collaborators but I think it will be One Man Two Guvnors. Hurrah it was the Collaborators

Best revival


Flare Path - Saw it twice and cried both times what more can I say?

Anna Christie - Donmar's return to form. Superb performances from the leads and Jude Law's physique was quite something too.

Much Ado About Nothing (Wyndhams) - Fab modern take and its starry cast certainly deserved the sell-out run

Noises Off - An enjoyable farce. But it's a farce.

OMISSIONS? Does Jerusalem's return to the West End count as a revival? Probably not, but I'd have Broken Glass in there and what about Luise Miller and Richard II at the Donmar?

AND THE WINNER IS? This is a real toughy. Would be between Much Ado and Flare Path for me but because it seems to have been universally snubbed elsewhere I'd like Much Ado to win it. I think it might go to Flare Path though. Surprised by this one, went to Anna Christie

Best actress


Celia Imrie, Noises Off; Kristin Scott Thomas, Betrayal; Leslie Manville, Grief; Marcia Warren, Ladykillers; Ruth Wilson, Anna Christie

Didn't see Betrayal but I'm sure KST was fabulous. LM was good in Grief but I feel I'm over the whole Mike Leigh improv produced plays. CI is a darling but is doing what she does best. MW was wonderful but my vote would go to Ruth Wilson who gave such a powerful performance. 


Tara Fitzgerald in Broken Glass

AND THE AWARD GOES TO? Who knows in this category there is so much potential politics at play. Please to see Ruth Wilson pick up the gong

Best actor


Benedict Cumberbatch/Jonny Lee Miller, Frankenstein; David Haig, Madness of King George; Douglas Hodge, Inadmissible Evidence; James Corden, One Man Two Guvnors; Jude Law, Anna Christie.

Didn't see Madness but don't think Haig will win anyway as this is strong category. Loved, loved, loved Frankenstein, DH was amazing, Jude Law's great performance was outshone by his amazing physique and James Corden was thoroughly entertaining in a James Corden way.


Antony Sher in Broken Glass - hello? Andrew Scott in the epic the Emperor and the Galilean and David Tennant did a pretty good turn as Benedick.

AND THE WINNER IS? It has to be the Frankenstein duo - it makes good copy if nothing else, particularly as BC's star is on the ascendant at the moment. Corden is also flavour of the month though so he might steal it. Not a real suprise to see Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller pick up the award but am pleased they did.

Haven't seen enough of the plays from which the supporting actors shortlist come from but always please to see Johnny Flynn in there just because it's Johnny Flynn and not necessarily because he deserves to be there.

I'm not sure which theatres qualify in the affiliates so again it is difficult to comment on that.

You can see the full list of winners on the Olivier Awards website.