To date only 15 actors* have accomplished this but the number could jump to 17 soon. Currently the rarified list reads like so...
- Jack Albertson (Tony: 65, Oscar: 69, Emmy: 75)
- Anne Bancroft (Tony: 58, Oscar: 63, Emmy: 99)
- Ingrid Bergman (Oscar: 45, Tony: 47, Emmy: 60)
- Shirley Booth (Tony: 49, Oscar: 53, Emmy: 62)
- Melvyn Douglas (Tony: 60, Oscar: 64, Emmy: 68) Did you know that this Hud star was Illeanna Douglas's grandfather? I certainly didn't.
- Jeremy Irons (Tony: 84, Oscar: 91, Emmy: 97)
- Thomas Mitchell (Oscar: 40, Tony: 53, Emmy: 53)
- Rita Moreno (Oscar: 62, Tony: 75, Emmy: 77)
- Al Pacino (Tony: 69, Oscar: 93, Emmy: 04)
- Vanessa Redgrave (Oscar: 78, Emmy: 81, Tony: 03)
- Jason Robards (Tony: 59, Oscar: 77, Emmy: 88)
- Paul Scofield (Tony: 62, Oscar: 67, Emmy: 69)
- Maggie Smith (Oscar: 70, Tony: 90, Emmy: 03)
- Maureen Stapleton (Tony: 51, Emmy: 68, Oscar: 82)
- Jessica Tandy (Tony: 78, Emmy: 88, Oscar: 90)
This year I expected to see one of my all time favorite actresses Dianne Wiest fighting for a place on this list. She already has two Oscars (Hannah and Her Sisters and Bullets Over Broadway) and two Emmys (Road to Avonlea and In Treatment) but she did not receive a TONY nomination for All My Sons. I shall console myself with the happy knowledge that she's left boring-ass TV procedurals behind and is returning to fine roles elsewhere. Next up for Wiest: more In Treatment on TV and Rabbit Hole with Nicole Kidman onscreen... for which she could conceivably snag her fourth supporting actress Oscar nomination in 2010.
So, no Dianne. Jane Fonda and Geoffrey Rush did get nominated though and could become Triple Crowners in one month's time. Fonda has two Oscars (Klute and Coming Home) and one Emmy (The Dollmaker) and she's up for the TONY this year for 33 Variations. Geoffrey Rush has one Oscar (Shine) and one Emmy (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers) and Exit the King could bring him the TONY.
The Tony Lead Acting Races
Lead Actress Play
- Hope Davis, God of Carnage
- Jane Fonda, 33 Variations
- Marcia Gay Harden, God of Carnage
- Janet McTeer, Mary Stuart
- Harriet Walter, Mary Stuart
Lead Actor Play
- Jeff Daniels, God of Carnage
- Raúl Esparza, Speed-The-Plow
- James Gandolfini, God of Carnage
- Geoffrey Rush, Exit the King
- Thomas Sadoski, reasons to be pretty
Lead Actress Musical
- Stockard Channing, Pal Joey
- Sutton Foster, Shrek
- Allison Janney, 9 to 5: The Musical
- Alice Ripley, Next to Normal
- Josefina Scaglione, West Side Story
Lead Actor Musical
- David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish (combined) as Billy Elliot
- Gavin Creel, Hair
- Brian d'Arcy James, Shrek
- Constantine Maroulis, Rock of Ages
- J Robert Spencer, Next to Normal
A lot of film stars were ignored this year including: Kristin Scott Thomas for The Seagull (my interview), Susan Sarandon for Exit the King, Rupert Everett for Blithe Spirit, Daniel Radcliffe's naked identity crisis in Equus (my review), smoking Carla Gugino for Desire Under the Elms and the romantic pairing of Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons in Impressionism.
For a complete list of TONY nominees, click here.
Don't be quiet. What do you think of these nominations and which movie star would you most love to see on stage?
* Notable superstars like Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand and Whoopi Goldberg have all three prizes too but they didn't win them all in competitive categories or for performances.