O'Dowd 'delighted' to be nominated for Tony
Actor Chris O'Dowd has received a Tony nomination for his role in John Steinbeck's classic 'Of Mice and Men'.
'Moone Boy' star O'Dowd, has been nominated for the Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play category but faces stiff competition as he's up against Bryan Cranston for his portrayal of US president Lyndon B Johnson in 'All the Way'.
Hollywood star James Franco and O'Dowd both appear in the Broadway production of Steinbeck's depression era novel.
While Franco's performance has received mixed reviews, O'Dowd's portrayal of hapless farmhand Lennie has captivated crowds.
O'Dowd said he was "beyond thrilled". "I still haven't got over the honour of being given the part, so I'm now a little worried what this new excitement will lead to."
O'Dowd wasn't the only Irish thespian to fare well in the nominations list. Cork's Sarah Greene received a nod for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role for her depiction of 'Slippy' Helen McCormick in 'The Cripple of Inishmaan'.