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Laurence Olivier Awards: 2000 Winners

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Olivier Winners 2000 The winners of the 24th annual Laurence Olivier Awards were announced today at a star-studded lunchtime ceremony held at the Lyceum Theatre and hosted by TV presenter Clive Andersen. The ceremony will be televised on BBC2 on Sunday, February 20 at 8.00pm.

The full list of winners are as follows:

Best Actress
WINNER: Janie Dee
Nominations:
Janie Dee, Comic Potential
Jennifer Ehle, The Real Thing
Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van
Alison Steadman , The Memory of Water
Our prediction:
Maggie Smith
Our choice:
Tied - Jennifer Ehle and Janie Dee

Comments:
There are so many possibilities for this category this year, but Smith just needs to walk on stage to win an award. Omissions include: Cate Blanchett for Plenty; Victoria Hamilton for Troilus and Cressida; and Emma Fielding for Look Back in Anger.
Best Actor
WINNER: Henry Goodman
Nominations:
Roger Allam, Summerfolk
Stephen Dillane, The Real Thing
Henry Goodman, The Merchant of Venice
Michael Sheen , Look Back in Anger
Antony Sher, The Winter's Tale
Our prediction:
Stephen Dillane
Our choice:
Stephen Dillane

Comments:
Dillane is nothing short of stunning in this Stoppard revival which is better than the 1982 original.
Best Supporting Actor
WINNER: Roger Allam
Nominations:
Roger Allam, Money
Michael Bryant, Summerfolk
Ron Cook , Juno and the Paycock
Michael Williams, The Forest
Our prediction:
Michael Williams
Our choice:
Ron Cook

Comments:
This will probably be Williams' year to win, not so much for this production, but for his body of work. But Cook really deserves it, his Joxer Daly was the best thing by far about Juno and the Paycock
Best Supporting Actress
WINNER: Patricia Hodge
Nominations:
Anne-Marie Duff, Collected Stories
Patricia Hodge, Money
Estelle Kohler , The Winter's Tale
Kika Markham, Song at Twilight
Our prediction:
Patricia Hodge
Our choice:
Anne-Marie Duff

Comments:
Hodge should have been nominated for Summerfolk over Money so may win for body of work. Duff is our choice because she's come out of nowhere and is a delight. Omission: Matilda Ziegler, Look Back in Anger
Best New Musical
WINNER: Honk! The Ugly Duckling
Nominations:
Honk! The Ugly Duckling
Mamma Mia
Spend Spend Spend
The Lion King
Our prediction:
Spend Spend Spend
Our choice:
Tied - Spend Spend Spend and Mamma Mia

Comments:
Lion King is the blockbuster, but we reckon voting will be anti-American. Spend Spend Spend is a great British musical and Mamma Mia stands out because it could have been so awful but isn't.
Outstanding Musical Production
WINNER: Candide
Nominations:
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Candide
Dick Whittington
The Pajama Game
Our prediction:
Candide
Our choice:
Candide

Comments:
This category is a joke, underlining the quantity over quality of West End musicals this year. Candide has to win because the others are all ghastly. The Pajama Game is the 'worst musical revival ever'.
Best New Play
WINNER: Goodnight Children Everywhere
Nominations:
Goodnight Children Everywhere
Perfect Days
Rose
The Lady in the Van
Three Days of Rain
Our prediction:
The Lady in the Van
Our choice:
Perfect Days

Comments:
Alan Bennett's The Lady in the Van, with Smith, is a default. Omissions: Simon Bennett's Drummers and Mark Ravenhill's Some Explicit Polaroids. It's fine to have this category, but what about the stonking revivals this year? A category for outstanding dramatic production is 'notable by its absence'.
Best New Comedy
WINNER: The Memory of Water
Nominations:
Comic Potential
Quartet
The Memory of Water
Our prediction:
Comic Potential
Our choice:
The Memory of Water

Comments:
It would've made more sense to nominate Perfect Days for this category and Shelagh's Stephenson's impressive debut The Memory of Water for Best New Play. Still, Ayckbourn is Ayckbourn - his Comic Potential is almost a cert.
Best Entertainment
WINNER: Defending the Caveman
Nominations:
Al Murray - The Pub Landlord
Defending the Caveman
Fascinating Aida - Barefaced Chic
Soul Train
Our prediction:
Al Murray
Our choice:
Al Murray
Comments:
Murray is very hot at the moment.
Best Actor in a Musical
WINNER: Simon Russell Beale
Nominations:
Rob Edwards, The Lion King
Daniel Evans, Candide
Ben Keaton, Animal Crackers
Gus MacGregor, Buddy
Simon Russell Beale, Candide
Our prediction:
Simon Russell Beale
Our choice:
Ben Keaton

Comments:
A difficult one to foretell. Though a great actor, Russell Beale isn't a great singer - but he deserves an award for all his work at the NT this year. Animal Crackers isn't really a musical but Keaton's Groucho is fab.
Best Actress in a Musical
WINNER: Barbara Dickson
Nominations:
Josette Bushell-Mingo, The Lion King
Barbara Dickson, Spend Spend Spend
Rachel Leskovac, Spend Spend Spend
Siobhan McCarthy, Mamma Mia
Our prediction:
Siobhan McCarthy
Our choice:
Siobhan McCarthy

Comments:
McCarthy's time has come, she fizzes with excitement in a tailormade starring role in Mamma Mia. Bushell-Mingo is good but performers are subordinated to the overall concept that is The Lion King.
Best Supporting Performance in a Musical
WINNER: Jenny Galloway
Nominations:
Joseph Alessi, Animal Crackers
Jenny Galloway , Mamma Mia
Steven Houghton, Spend Spend Spend
Louise Plowright , Mamma Mia
Denis Quilley, Candide
Our prediction:
Jenny Galloway
Our choice:
Jenny Galloway

Comments:
Houghton is the best singer but Galloway is an all-round hoot. The only danger is that Plowright's nomination may split the Mamma Mia vote.
Best Director
WINNER: Trevor Nunn
Nominations:
David Leveaux, The Real Thing
Trevor Nunn, Summerfolk, The Merchant of Venice and Troilus and Cressida
Jeremy Sams, Spend Spend Spend
Julie Taymor, The Lion King
Our prediction:
Trevor Nunn
Our choice:
Trevor Nunn

Comments:
He didn't win it last year for Oklahoma! so it's compensation time, besides Nunn deserves it for the NT's excellent rep season. Omission: Gregory Hersov for Look Back in Anger.
Best Choreographer
WINNER: Garth Fagan
Nominations:
Peter Darling, Candide
Garth Fagan, The Lion King
Craig Revel Horwood for Spend Spend Spend
Stephen Mear, Soul Train
Our prediction:
Garth Fagan
Our choice:
Garth Fagan

Comments:
The only possible winner.
Best Set Designer
WINNER: Rob Howell
Nominations:
Lez Brotherston, Spend Spend Spend
Maria Bjornson, Plenty
Rob Howell, Richard III, Troilus and Cressida and Vassa
Richard Hudson, The Lion King
Our prediction:
Richard Hudson
Our choice:
Richard Hudson

Comments:
The Lion King dominates in these technical categories, but Bjornson's dissolves in Plenty were also divine.
Best Lighting Designer
WINNER: Mark Henderson
Nominations:
Howard Harrison, Private Lives, Sleep with Me and The Tempest
Mark Henderson, Plenty, Spend Spend Spend, Suddenly Last Summer, The Forest, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Real Thing and Vassa
Donald Holder, The Lion King
Peter Mumford, Collected Stories, Richard III, Summerfolk and The Merchant of Venice
Richard Hudson, The Lion King
Our prediction:
Mark Henderson
Our choice:
Mark Henderson

Comments:
There are only a handful of top-notch lighting designers operating in the West End, and they circulate Oliviers amongst them. It's Henderson's turn this year.
Best Costume Designer
WINNER: Julie Taymor
Nominations:
Rob Howell, Money and Troilus and Cressida
Robert Jones, The Winter's Tale, RSC at the Barbican
John Napier with Elise Napier, Candide
Julie Taymor, The Lion King
Our prediction:
Julie Taymor
Our choice:
Julie Taymor

Comments:
Oh, those amazing masks! Taymor has got to win this one for some of the most imaginative costumes ever conceived.
Best New Opera
WINNER: Hansel and Gretel
Nominations:
ENO's Alcina
Welsh National Opera's Hansel and Gretel
ENO's Parsifal
ENO's Semele
Our prediction:
Semele
Our choice:
Parsifal
Comments:
Semele is brilliantly executed but ENO's production of Parsifal deserves an award because it's one of the trickiest operas to pull off.
Outstanding Achievement in Opera
WINNER: English National Opera
Nominations:
Kim Begley for his performance in Parsifal
English National Opera for its high standard of production and for championing the works of Handel
Rosemary Joshua for her performance in Semele
Bryn Terfel for his performance in the Royal Opera's Falstaff
Our prediction:
English National Opera
Our choice:
None
Comments:
The award should go to a glaring omission - Yvonne Kenny for her faultless performance in ENO's Der Rosenkavalier.
Best New Dance Production
WINNER: Nederlands Dans Theater 1's Symphony of Psalms at Sadler's Wells
Outstanding Achievement in Dance
WINNER: Jiri Kylian in Nederlands Dans Theater 1's Symphony of Psalms at Sadler's Wells
Special award for longstanding acheivement
WINNER: Peter O'Toole

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