- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 3, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - The 65th annual Tony Awards nominations for best actor in a play have been announced in New York by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

The category’s nominees announced Tuesday morning are: Brian Bedford, “The Importance of Being Earnest”; Bobby Cannavale, “The Motherf–- With the Hat”; Joe Mantello, “The Normal Heart”; Al Pacino, “The Merchant of Venice”; and Mark Rylance, “Jerusalem.”

The Tonys will be presented June 12 at The Beacon Theatre in New York, televised on CBS.