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10 Broadway Favorites Who Earned Oscar Nominations

January 22, 2019 by Suzy Evans
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Before they were Oscar nominees, they were Broadway (and off Broadway) stars. Or at least, that’s how we see it! The 2019 Academy Award nominations were announced today, and while “The Favourite” and “Roma led with the most nominations with 10 each, we feel like Broadway tied for the top spot with these 10 nominees.

Check out the Oscar nominees’ theater resumes, and get tickets to a show on Broadway.

Spike Lee
The celebrated filmmaker and best director and best adapted screenplay nominee for “BlacKkKlansman” made his Broadway debut in 2012 with “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth.” Lee directed and produced the one-man show about the boxer’s life.

Emma Stone in “Cabaret.”

Emma Stone
Life is a cabaret! When she’s not winning awards for dancing in the sky with Ryan Gosling in “La La Land” or taking a mud bath with Rachel Weisz in her nominated performance in “The Favourite,” Stone spends time onstage. She made her Broadway debut in 2014 as Sally Bowles in “Cabaret,” and we can’t wait for her to return.

Glenn Close in “Sunset Boulevard.”

Glenn Close
The seven-time Oscar nominee is up for the gold man again for her searing portrayal of a woman stripped of her professional responsibilities in “The Wife,” and the living legend has made no less than 13 Broadway bows. She’s won three Tony Awards (for “The Real Thing” in 1984, “Death and the Maiden” in 1992, and “Sunset Boulevard” in 1995) and was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2016.

Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz in “Betrayal.”

Rachel Weisz
Before she was in the aforementioned mud bath in “The Favourite,” Weisz made her Broadway debut in the 2013 revival of Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal,” opposite her husband Daniel Craig. A play about a sorted affair is definitely odd fodder for spouses, but Weisz left it all on the stage and we still want more. Come back, please.

Bradley Cooper in “The Elephant Man.”

Bradley Cooper
The multi-hyphenate actor/director/writer behind “A Star Is Born” earned nominations for his portrayal the tortured singer Jackson Maine, and he’s had equally transformative performances onstage. He made his Broadway debut alongside Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd in “Three Days of Rain” in 2006, and he earned a Tony Award nomination for “The Elephant Man” in 2014.

Amy Adams in “Into the Woods.”

Amy Adams
Adams earned her sixth Oscar nomination for playing Lynne Vincent Cheney in “Vice,” and we’re just itching for her to come back to the stage. While she’s never been on Broadway (come on, Amy!) she played the Baker’s Wife in “Into the Woods” at the Delacorte Theater in 2012. Anything can happen in the wood…and on Broadway.

Adam Driver and Frank Langella in “Man and Boy.”

Adam Driver
Driver was a theater regular before “Star Wars” and “Girls” skyrocketed him into the spotlight, and now he’s earned his first Oscar nomination for “BlacKkKlansman.” He was last on Broadway in “Man and Boy,” and he’ll star in “Burn This” opposite Keri Russell later this season.

Sam Rockwell in “Fool for Love.”

Sam Rockwell
Before he was portraying the 43rd president of the United States in “Vice” or winning an Oscar last year for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Rockwell brought several classic plays to Broadway. He starred in Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love” in 2015 and Martin McDonagh’s (who also wrote “Three Billboards”) “A Behanding in Spokane” in 2010.

Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Shaiman and Wittman are theater royalty with Broadway scores of “Hairspray,” “Catch Me If You Can,” and more under their belts, and the duo also wrote the new songs for “Mary Poppins Returns,” earning a nomination for Best Song for “The Place Where the Lost Things Go” and Best Score for Shaiman.