Dora nominee Laura de Carteret gets ready to celebrate! Photo by Michael Cooper.
Like any awards ceremony, the Dora Mavor Moore Awards are a “hot topic” (as Whoopi might say) for a very specific demographic. So it’s unsurprising that Wednesday’s announcement of the 2010 nominees sparked a flurry of congratulations, recriminations, and ruminations on the Twitter accounts of our more theatrically inclined acquaintances (the Globe‘s Kelly Nestruck, for instance, had quite a bit to say). But, as is always the case, in the midst of the surprises, the snubs, the well-deserveds, and the what-were-they-thinkings is a huge amount of fantastic, world-class theatre.
Necessary Angel’s Word Stage production of Hamlet is the forerunner in the General Theatre division with six nominations, including Outstanding Production and Outstanding Direction for Graham McLaren. Bit of a surprise there, given the mixed reviews the production received, although, for the record, we were always a fan. In the Independant Theatre division, the leader of the pack is Theatrefront’s The Mill project with seven nominations, which we are obviously thrilled to hear. Both of these works are boldly different, and it’s exciting to see unconventional theatre receiving this kind of recognition.
Other nominations we were pleased to see include If We Were Birds, which took nods for Direction, Production, New Play, and for Tara Rosling’s captivating performance; an Outstanding Production nom in the Musical Theatre division for the outrageously entertaining Mimi, or a Poisoner’s Comedy as well as one for Trish Lindström’s performance as the titular poisoner; and Natasha Greenblatt’s nomination in the Theatre for Young Audiences division for her brave performance in Jordan Tannahill’s Get Yourself Home Skyler James.
The awards ceremony takes place on June 28 at the Bluma Appel Theatre, and will be hosted by Jian Ghomeshi. But the real question on our minds isn’t going to be “Who will win?” but “Are they still handing out those goofy clown tchotchkes?” We read a press release two years ago that claimed a redesign contest was going to take place. Whatever happened to that, Doras?
A PDF of the entire list of nominees is here.