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All the Feelings! The Tony Nominees Turn Their Excitement Into Works of Art

May 1st, 2015 | By Lindsay Champion

It’s been a crazy week for the 2015 Tony nominees! After waking up at the crack of dawn to hear their names announced on TV by Bruce Willis and Mary Louise Parker, the stars received a flurry of congratulatory calls, texts and emails…but there was no time to celebrate, because they had to find something fancy to wear to the Tony nominee reception the next morning. Needless to say, by the time they got to the star-studded ceremony at the Paramount Hotel, the Tony nominees were feeling a lot of feelings. armed the stars with paper and markers so they could draw 'em out!

With the help of a team of art experts and psychologists, we’ve analyzed 44 drawings to find out more about the Tony nominees. While stars like Elisabeth Moss stuck to a traditional smiley face, Brian d’Arcy James, Kristin Chenoweth and Alessandro Nivola took more creative liberties with their self-portraits. Four drawings, including an appealing but puzzling work of art by Bill Nighy, went the abstract route (what is that?!), while a few drawings went beyond the abstract and landed squarely in the WTF category. Robert Askins, Bradley Cooper and Christopher Wheeldon, we’re looking at you.

Among our favorites are the simple, bold colors and shapes of Ben Miles’ work of art and the whimsy of Steven Boyer’s self-portrait. But Michael Cerveris’ masterpiece, which we like to call “Reverse Airplane,” is the clear standout. And the rest of the nominees? Um, keep your day jobs.

Click here to see the stars’ drawings!


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