Tony nominations 2013: Hollywood names fall short

(CBS News) Big names dominated the Great White Way this year -- Tom Hanks, Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Bette Midler, Katie Holmes and Scarlett Johansson -- all starred in much-touted shows. But Hollywood names were noticeably absent from 2013 Tony nominations announced Wednesday morning. 

Tom Hanks snagged aLeading Role nomination for his portrayal of newspaper columnist Mike McAlary in Nora Ephron's "Lucky Guy." "Lucky Guy" was also nominated for Best Play.

"Orphans," which stars Baldwin and Tom Sturridge, picked up a nomination for Best Revival Play, and Tom Sturridge was nominated for his leading role in "Orphans."

CBS News' Mo Rocca, who starred in the "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" in 2007, weighed in on this year's picks. Rocca noted that Midler, Baldwin, Johansson and Pacino were "all overlooked" in a batch of nominations that proves Hollywood heavyweights do not necessarily translate to Tony gold. Midler stars in "I'll Eat You Last," Baldwin in "Orphans" and Pacino in Glengarry Glen Ross revival.

"Still people who aren't wildly famous, in theater, get acknowledged...just because you're wildly famous doesn't guarantee you a nomination," Rocca said on "CBS This Morning."

Still, some silver screen stars fared well -- Tom Hanks, Nathan Lane, and David Hyde Pierce were all nominated in the Best Actor in a Play category. Lane stars in "The Nance" and David Hyde Pierce in "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike."

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The anticipated standoff in the musical categories came down to "Matilda" versus "Kinky Boots," which brought in 12 and 13 nominations respectively. Rocca explained that the two would have tied for nominations if the actresses who play Matilda were eligible to be nominated. The Tony administration committee ruled last week that the four young actresses who rotate in the title role are not eligible for a joint award, overturning a rule that allowed the teenage boys who shared the lead role in "Billy Elliot" to take home a joint Best Actor Tony in 2009.

Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster and "Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson announced the nominations Wednesday morning at New York City's Lincoln Center. Ferguson stars in ABC's "Modern Family" but got his start on Broadway, appearing in "On The Town" and "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." He will will revisit his theatrical roots this summer, starring as Dromio in Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park's "The Comedy of Errors." Sutton Foster has received Tony Awards for her performances in "Anything Goes" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and currently stars in ABC's "Bunheads."

The 67th annual Tony Awards -- presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing -- will be broadcast on CBS, live from Radio City Music Hall, on June 9.

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