Maria Bello, Hilary Swank, Marcia Gay, Mariska Hargitay and Rosie Perez - Maria Bello, Hilary Swank, Mariska Hargitay, Rosie Perez and Marcia Gay Harden New York City, USA - 2010 Joyful Heart Foundation Gala held at Skylight Soho. Wednesday 5th May 2010
The stage adaptation of Billy Elliot has dominated the shortlist for the 2009 Tony awards, with 15 nominations.
The Broadway production of the West End musical - based on the hit British film - is nominated for best musical while Sir Elton John has a best original score nomination.
The show's three young stars are also jointly named in the best actor category.
Billy Elliot, which opened on Broadway in November, will compete with Next to Normal - which has 11 Tony nominations - Rock of Ages and Shrek the Musical.
"It's been an amazing experience," Sir Elton told CBS' Early Show, after the announcement of nominations.
"It's made an incredible impact on my life."
Other British nominees include actresses Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter, who are both up for best leading actress in a play for Mary Stuart.
Green Wing star Stephen Mangan has a best featured actor in a play nomination for the Broadway run of Alan Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests with his co-star, Spaced actress Jessica Hynes, also nominated.
Sopranos actor James Gandolfini is nominated alongside Jeff Daniels and Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush for the best leading actor in a play prize with Marcia Gay Harden, Jane Fonda and Hope Davis named in the best leading actress in a play category alongside the British pair of Walter and McTeer.
Dividing the Estate, God of Carnage, reasons to be pretty and 33 Variations are the four nominees for best play with all the winners to be announced at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on June 7th.
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Rather than glitz and glamour a number of Hollywood's most prestigious stars are focusing on their environmental responsibility in the run-up to this Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony.
Actors including Leonardo Dicaprio and Penelope Cruz attended a pre-Oscars party, which, fittingly, featured a green rather than red carpet, this week in order to raise environmental awareness and funds for action group GlobAl Green USA.
DiCaprio has said that he is "proud" to help educate the public on green issues while Cruz, who co-chaired the party, warned that global warming is "threatening us all".
"Fortunately, there are many simple things we can all do such as driving greener cars or changing to compact fluorescent light bulbs, which can dramatically save energy and reduce global warming pollution," she added.
Maroon 5 performed at the party, which was also attended by Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, Ryan Gosling, Diane Kruger and Marcia Gay Harden.
As well as partying their way to environmental goodness, a number of stars are set to arrive at the prestigious awards ceremony in eco-friendly hybrids and electric sports cars instead of the traditional stretched limousines.
One of the stars who is set to arrive in such a vehicle is Orlando Bloom, who told reporters at the party that he is also making his new home as environmentally friendly as possible.
"It's as green as I can make it," he said.
In previous years stars arriving in eco-friendly vehicles include Penelope Cruz, Salma Hayek, Susan Sarandon and Harrison Ford.
The Oscars ceremony will take place this Sunday at 17:00 local time (midnight GMT) and will be hosted by comedienne and chatshow host Ellen Degeneres.
Continue reading: Stars Go Green In Oscars Build-up
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