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Will Julia make it at Broadway honours?

in a year when there are few obvious contenders for the five nominations for best actress in a Broadway play, Roberts has a shot at making the list.

india Updated: May 16, 2006 13:50 IST

Veteran British playwright Alan Bennett's

The History Boys

is a clear favourite to sweep the board when Tony Award nominations are announced on Tuesday, but the big question is will Julia Roberts make the grade.

She may be Hollywood's highest paid actress, but Roberts's Broadway debut in Three Days of Rain was slammed by many New York critics.

Nevertheless, in a year when there are few obvious contenders for the five nominations for best actress in a Broadway play, Roberts has a shot at making the list.

"Nobody's making the case that she's much of a stage actress, but she's either better than they expected her to be or they feel sorry for her," New York Post drama writer Michael Riedel wrote last week in a preview of Broadway's top honours.

Cynthia Nixon, best known as Miranda from Sex and the City, is the likely favorite to win the award for her role as a bereaved mother in Rabbit Hole.

Among the other contenders is Kate Burton, the star of last year's revival of the 1920s period comedy The Constant Wife.

Roberts's chances were boosted when organizers said Zoe Wanamaker would be considered as a supporting actress rather than lead actress for her critically acclaimed performance in Awake and Sing.

The History Boys, about an unconventional teacher and a group of teenage boys, picked up four Outer Critics Circle awards on Sunday, including best Broadway play.

It also won best play from the New York Drama Critics' Circle last week.