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The Latest: Cranston wins UK best actor for ‘Network’ play

Sally Wood, Ronnie Wood, Brian May, Anita Dobson
The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on British theater’s Olivier Awards (all times local):

7:45 p.m.

Bryan Cranston has won the best-actor prize at Britain’s Olivier Awards for his performance in “Network.”

Cranston plays Howard Beale, an anchorman who’s mad as hell and not going to take it anymore in the National Theatre production, based on a 1976 movie about the world of television news.

The former “Breaking Bad” star joked that “it’s very difficult to be mad as hell when you’re holding an Olivier.”

Cranston said the play, based on Paddy Chayefsky’s original 1970s screenplay, is incredibly prescient in its view of the news as entertainment and big business.

Now, he said, “here we are in this world of post-truth, environment of fake news and maligning of the media.”

The awards, being handed out Sunday, are Britain’s equivalent of the Tonys.

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6:25 p.m.

Cuba Gooding Jr., Queen guitarist Brian May and Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood are among the stars on a damp London red carpet for British theater’s Olivier Awards.

Gooding Jr. is currently starring in a London revival of “Chicago,” and is due to present an award at the Oliviers, Britain’s equivalent of Broadway’s Tony Awards.

Actors Michael Sheen, Alfred Molina and Imogen Poots also walked the carpet outside the Royal Albert Hall during a London drizzle on Sunday evening.

Hip-hop musical “Hamilton” is nominated in a record 13 categories for Sunday’s awards.

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12:10 p.m.

“Hamilton” could break the record for most wins at British theater’s Olivier Awards, a haul of nine trophies awarded last year to “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”

“Hamilton” is heading into Sunday night’s ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall with 13 nominations.

Other contenders in acting categories include Bryan Cranston for “Network,” Andrew Garfield for “Angels in America” and Imelda Staunton, nominated for both “Follies” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Jez Butterworth’s Northern Ireland drama “The Ferryman” has eight nominations in non-musical categories.

Named for the late British actor Laurence Olivier, the prizes honor achievements in London theater, musicals, dance and opera. Winners in most categories are chosen by a panel of stage professionals and theatergoers.

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10:55 a.m.

Women’s rights activists are due to join stage stars on the red carpet at British theater’s Olivier Awards, where “Hamilton” leads the race for trophies with 13 nominations.

Inspired by the Time’s Up movement against sexual harassment and abuse, several leading actresses will bring guests from feminist groups and anti-domestic violence organizations to Sunday’s ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical about U.S. founding father Alexander Hamilton is nominated in a record 13 categories, including best new musical. Jamael Westman, in the title role, and Giles Terera as Aaron Burr are both nominated for best actor in a musical.

Other contenders in acting categories include Bryan Cranston for “Network,” Andrew Garfield for “Angels in America” and Imelda Staunton, nominated for both “Follies” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.”

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