First-Time Tony Nominee: Tom Hanks makes a leap from the screen to the stage in the smash-hit play ‘Lucky Guy’

Tom Hanks in "Lucky Guy."

Tom Hanks in “Lucky Guy.”

Though it’s his first time in a Broadway production, Tom Hanks is no stranger to show business.  Already a household name for his roles in movies including Forrest Gump, Toy Story, Big and others, Hanks has been nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his performance in Lucky Guy.

With so many classic and award-winning films under his belt, it’s no surprise the Academy Award-winning actor received a Tony nomination for his Broadway debut.  Hanks plays journalist Mike McAlary in Nora Ephron’s play set in 1980’s New York.  The show chronicles McAlary’s rise and fall while covering the infamous Abner Louima case which won him the Pulitzer Prize.  Lucky Guy opened to positive reviews, and has been a huge box office success, bringing in more than one million each week since it opened on March 1.

Hanks will be more than halfway to an EGOT if he wins the Tony.  He has previously won five Emmys for his work as producer on From Earth to the Moon, Band of Brothers, John Adams, The Pacific and Game Change; he has won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his roles in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump. 

As for his shot at being the one to take home the Tony, Hanks certainly could be the biggest name in the category, not to mention the only nominee with an Oscar, but this is no guarantee of winning.  However, Nora Ephron did write this play with Hanks in mind for the role of McAlary, and he played the part incredibly well, so he has a very good chance at bringing home the award.

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