Nominees greet Gotham media in Times Square

Wednesday morning’s meet the Tony nominees press reception was more like an assembly line that got a late start.

Journos lined the hallways and conference rooms at Times Square’s Millennium Broadway Hotel while nominees Denzel Washington, Alfred Molina and Catherine Zeta-Jones rotated through the throngs.

“When I started acting, this sort of thing was discretionary,” said Molina, nommed for his “Red” portrayal of Mark Rothko. “Now you can’t really get away with that unless you are willing to earn the wrath of the entire industry.”

Molina greeted “Promises, Promises” nominee Katie Finneran like a long, lost best friend. “They were in a flop TV series together years ago,” observed one wag, referring to “Bram and Alice.”

Washington, a first-time Tony nominee, said that he wasn’t “sure what the nomination is going to do for my career. Ask the expert,” he said, pointing to his “Fences” costar Viola Davis, who has been to the legit awards plate three times now.

“Race” nominee David Alan Grier said the nom, his second, had “done wonders for my ego.” He went on to lament, “My manager wouldn’t take me to Jean Georges (restaurant) and pay for it on opening night. He told me, ‘only if you get nominated for a Tony.’ Now he has to kick up the money, so I’ve been perusing the menu online and waiting for white truffle season.”

While Sean Hayes felt “wonderful” about his nod for “Promises, Promises,” he also felt something was missing in the category of lead actress in a musical. “They 100% overlooked Kristin Chenoweth,” he said of his costar. “If ‘Promises’ were her first performance, they would have already handed her the Tony.”

Unlike most of the other nominees who had a Wednesday matinee to make, Jude Law took his time making the rounds since his “Hamlet” had closed in December. “The fact that it’s finished and we are being called back and reminded that it was a triumph is a really wonderful feeling,” said the thesp.

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