By Matt Wolf
The Associated Press
LONDON - Gwyneth Paltrow and Elaine Stritch are among the nominees for the 27th annual Laurence Olivier Awards, London's equivalent of the Tonys.
But the starriest show of the season - David Hare's The Breath of Life, with the country's leading theatrical dames, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith - received no nominations Thursday.
Also snubbed during a London theater year rife with American actors were Glenn Close, Jake Gyllenhaal and the American principals of the musical import The Full Monty.
Ms. Paltrow, an Academy Award winner, is up for best actress for her British theater debut as a mentally unstable mathematician in Proof. Also nominated are Clare Higgins for Vincent in Brixton, Anita Dobson for Frozen, and Emily Watson for Uncle Vanya.
Ms. Watson, a two-time Oscar nominee, is now appearing at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music in the same production, which originated last fall at London's tiny Donmar Warehouse.
In the actress in a musical category, septuagenarian Broadway veteran Ms. Stritch has been nominated for her solo show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty. She competes with Janie Dee (My One and Only), Joanna Riding (My Fair Lady), and Sarah Wildor (Contact).
The best musical category has the Boy George show Taboo facing Bombay Dreams, produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the scenically opulent stage version of the 1960s children's film, and Our House, scored to the sounds of the 1980s British pop band Madness, complete the lineup.
The best musical production category, which embraces revivals, has two nominees: Anything Goes and Oh What a Lovely War. Oddly, despite garnering the best reviews of any musical all season, Anything Goes received only this one nomination.
Best play finds one American nominee, Stephen Adly Guirgis' Jesus Hopped the A' Train, competing against three British entries: Vincent in Brixton, by Nicholas Wright; The York Realist, by Peter Gill; and the nine-hour triptych, The Coast of Utopia, by Tom Stoppard.
Richard Eyre, former artistic director of the Royal National Theater, is up for best director for Vincent in Brixton, which transfers to Broadway next month. His competition includes Edward Hall for Rose Rage, Matthew Bourne for Play Without Words, and Sam Mendes for the repertory productions of Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night. Both plays are now in New York.
Simon Russell Beale, a two-time Olivier winner who stars in both Mendes productions, is up for best actor for Uncle Vanya. His competition includes Michael Gambon for A Number, the highly acclaimed Caryl Churchill play that was otherwise overlooked; Mark Rylance for Twelfth Night last summer at Shakespeare's Globe; and Scottish actor David Tennant in the American play, Lobby Hero.
Best actor in a musical includes expatriate American performer Tim Flavin in My One and Only, Euan Morton in Taboo, Michael Jibson in Our House, and Alex Jennings as an unusually young and humane Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady.
Named for the late actor, the awards will be given in a ceremony Feb. 14.
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