• Kyodo


Actor Ken Watanabe was nominated Tuesday for the 2019 Laurence Olivier Awards in the category for best actor in a musical for his role in “The King and I.”

The other actors in the running are Marc Antolin of “Little Shop of Horrors,” Kobna Holdbrook-Smith of “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” and Zubin Varla of “Fun Home.” Winners in all categories will be announced at the award ceremony on April 7.

In 2004, Watanabe was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actor for his role as Lord Katsumoto Moritsugu in “The Last Samurai.” He made his Broadway debut in 2015, starring in “The King and I.”

Established in 1976 in honor of British actor Laurence Olivier, the awards celebrate the world-class status of London theater and are recognized as the U.K.’s most prestigious stage honors.

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