Netflix has announced the category submissions they will be campaigning this awards season for actors in the Ryan Murphy-directed movie-musical adaptation of the Tony-nominated The Prom. Meryl Streep, James Corden, and newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman will be campaigned in the lead categories while the rest of the cast, including Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington, Andrew Rannells, Keegan-Michael Key and Ariana DeBose, will be campaigned in the supporting categories. The news was first announced exclusively in Variety.
Based on the Broadway musical of the same name, The Prom “tells the story of a troupe of self-obsessed theater stars who swam into a conservative Indiana town to support a high-school girl who wants to take her girlfriend to prom.”
The Broadway version of the show earned seven Tony nominations, including two lead actress nods for Beth Leavel and Caitlin Kinnunen (Streep and Pellman, respectively) and Brooks Ashmanskas (played by Corden in the film).
Streep, ever the nomination queen, holds the record for the most Oscar nominations by any actor with 21. She also holds the record at the Golden Globes with 32 nominations across film and television and is tied with Judi Dench as the most nominated actress at BAFTA with 15. She’s assured to add to that Golden Globe total and even in a packed Oscar race, the three-time Academy Award winner has sometimes been name-checked over her competition.
The Prom is set to be released on Netflix on December 11.