June 11, 2017 8:09pm PT by Scott Feinberg While Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 led the entire field with 12 nominations, some observers feared it might end up being shut out, like The Scottsboro Boys in 2011, which failed to turn any of its 12 noms into wins.
Meanwhile, Groundhog Day's Andy Karl, a beloved member of the Broadway community who has been performing in eight shows a week with a fully-torn ACL, came up short against Evan Hansen's 23-year-old breakout star Ben Platt in the best actor in a musical category, meaning he remains winless despite accruing three noms over the last four years (the others came for 2014's Rocky and 2015's On the Twentieth Century).
As expected, the rest of the nominees who are widely established beyond Broadway were not recognized: Chris Cooper (A Doll's House, Part 2), Corey Hawkins (Six Degrees of Separation), Cate Blanchett (The Present), Sally Field (The Glass Menagerie), Laura Linney (The Little Foxes), Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole (War Paint), Josh Groban (The Great Comet), David Hyde Pierce (Hello, Dolly!), Nathan Lane (The Front Page) and Andrew Rannells (Falsettos).
Perhaps the biggest upset of the night was the exclusion of Danny DeVito, who was widely expected to bag best featured actor in a play for Arthur Miller's The Price.
As for the directing honors, Indecent's Rebecca Taichman was a surprise winner in the play category for her Broadway debut, joining the small club of women who have won Tonys for direction.