It's theater fans' favorite time of year again: Tony season, where the best musicals and plays on of the last 12 months get their chance to be honored with Broadway's most prestigious awards. The 2015 Tony nominations were announced Tuesday morning, with expected contenders like Fun Home, Bradley Cooper, Elisabeth Moss and more all picking up nods. Yet while the shows and actors nominated are certainly worth celebrating, there is one name conspicuously missing from the list: Jake Gyllenhaal, who was snubbed for his leading role in the play Constellations.
Although Gyllenhaal's co-star, Ruth Wilson, received a Tony nomination for her performance, the actor did not, a huge disappointment to those who saw him in the play and felt he deserved a nod as well. Reviews for Constellations were fantastic, with critics hailing both Wilson and Gyllenhaal's work; although Wilson was the more experienced stage actor, they said, her co-star more than held his own alongside her, giving a performance The New York Times called "a magnificent work of understatement" and Variety called "amazing." It was predicted by many that both stars would pick up nominations for their roles, yet only Wilson — who certainly deserved hers — managed to do so.
And while an actor getting snubbed for an award is nothing new, it's a blow to Gyllenhaal, who was also overlooked for his role in Nightcrawler earlier this year at the Oscars. Despite the predictions of many that the highly-praised role would lead to a Best Actor nomination, he didn't make the cut, with Nightcrawler only garnering a nod for Best Screenplay. The actor did pick up nominations from the Golden Globes and SAG Awards for his performance in the film, but an Oscar, unfortunately, wasn't in the cards.
So it's been a rough year nomination-wise for Gyllenhaal, even though he's given two of the best performances of his lifetime during these past 12 months. Hopefully, the streak of being overlooked won't continue past 2015; his upcoming role in Southpaw , a boxing drama out this July, looks every bit the awards potential, as do Everest and Demolition, two films slated for later this year. Here's hoping Gyllenhaal gets some serious awards show love next year to make up for the disappointment that was 2015.