In one of the more well deserved Oscar nominations that was announced today, Andrew Garfield has been put forward for Best Actor thanks to his role in Netflix’s tick, tick…BOOM! But what a lot of people don’t realize is that this nod is more significant than it appears to be on the surface.
That’s because if he goes on to win – which he very well could – it’ll be the first time in a long time that someone has scored a Best Actor statue for a musical performance. In fact, as Looper points out, it’s been 55 years and while we’ve seen other nominations in the genre as of late – like Hugh Jackman in Les Misérables and Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – neither of them got the win.
The last time someone won for a musical was Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady back in 1964. Meaning that if Andrew Garfield were to walk away victorious at the Oscars, it’d be a pretty historic moment.