Jude Law, one of the Hollywood's biggest stars but also a highly respected theatre actor, will go up against comedy star James Corden at this year's Olivier Awards. The pair are up for the prestigious Best Actor gong after turning in arguably career best performances in their respective roles, reports the UK's Metro newspaper.

Brit Awards host Corden, 33, has been widely praised for his role in the West End comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, while Law has impressed with his nuanced performance in the Eugene O'Neill play Anna Christie. Announcing the list of nominations on Thursday (March 15, 2012), president of the Society of London Theatre Mark Rubinstein said, "It is truly representative of our world-class London theatre, which continues to delight thousands of Londoners and visitors every day". Elsewhere in the nominations, Corden's co-star Ruth Wilson got the nod for Best Actress alongside Kristin Scott Thomas and Celia Imrie, while Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch and Trainspotting actor Jonny Lee Miller were nominated for their shared role in 'Frankenstein'. Matilda the Musical led the way overall, taking 10 nominations.

The awards will be handed out on April 15, 2012 at the Royal Opera House, with Jude Law tipped to take home the Best Actor statuette ahead of Corden.