I offered my own take on yesterday’s 2015 Laurence Olivier nominations yesterday. But my view is only one, of course. The shortlists announcement was live-streamed across myriad platforms and attracted international headlines. So how did other commentators interpret the shortlists?
Well, angles are varied, but they largely break down into the following five main thrusts:
- The Young Vic is astonishing (and the National should be mortified) – taken by most of the ‘serious’ UK newspapers’ arts correspondents
- It was an almighty year for musicals, particularly Memphis and Beautiful – taken by the rest of the serious UK correspondents (including the BBC news report, in which I was quoted)
- Nicole Scherzinger graduates from Pussycat doll and X Factor judge to West End diva (and, according to some, has virtually already won her Olivier) – taken by most of the tabloids and showbiz mags
- A few other famous people also got nominated, including Gillian Anderson, Gemma Arterton, whose show is about to close, and James McAvoy, who looked very handsome helping to announce the shortlists – taken by most of the other tabloids and showbiz mags
- Broadway musicals are besting Brits on their own turf – taken by Americans