Where were you when you found out that Daniel Radcliffe had not received a Tony nomination? Surely not far into any of the articles about this morning’s nominee announcement (the actual nominees are here)! In a move akin to the Los Angeles Times illustrating a Jennifer Egan critics’ award win with a photo of Jonathan Franzen, the Tonys got even more attention for snubbing a star than they did last year for rewarding stars. Here’s the first sentence on Daniel Radcliffe in a variety of outlets, and its position in each outlet’s story!
New York: “A grim referendum on the last Harry Potter movie.” Third sentence.
Los Angeles Times: “Harry Potter won’t be taking home a Tony Award this year.” First sentence (“Daniel Radcliffe” also third and fourth words in headline, after “Tony Awards”).
The Atlantic: “But this year is a different story, marked chiefly by the snub in Best Actor in a Musical favorite Daniel Radcliffe, whose performance in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying was considered a frontrunner to win.” Third sentence.
Village Voice: “But though they did include names like Al Pacino, Frances McDormand, and Edie Falco, they left out Daniel Radcliffe, whom a lot of folks assumed to be the front runner to win Best Actor in a Musical!” Fifth sentence (and fifth paragraph, in its entirety), though the article is illustrated with a photo of Mr. Radcliffe and its headline mentions his name before the Tonys’.
New York Times: “Somewhere, Lord Voldemort is surely smiling while “Harry Potter” fans are heartbroken: Daniel Radcliffe leveraged his years as the star of that boy-wizard franchise to play J. Pierrepont Finch in the current Broadway revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” and spent months in vocal and dance training to get up to speed for the role.” First sentence, and illustration. (To be fair, this was but one story of several on the nominations–one focused specifically on snubs!)
Playbill: “Among the performers and productions that theatregoers may be surprised to see missing from the nominations are How to Succeed (and “Harry Potter”) star Daniel Radcliffe, who made his Broadway musical debut as the nimble lead…” Beginning of fifteenth paragraph. God bless the trade publications!
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