Actor/director Kevin Spacey will fight it out with Kenneth Branagh for the Best Actor prize at London's 2008 Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
The American Beauty star is nominated for his role in the West End production of Speed-the-Plow at the Old Vic Theatre, of which he is artistic director, while Branagh is recognised for his turn in Ivanov at the Donmar West End at Wyndham's Theatre.
They will compete against the likes of Chiwetel Ejiofor for Othello at the Donmar Warehouse and Adam Godley for his role in the London stage adaptation of 1988 Dustin Hoffman movie Rain Man.
Meanwhile, Margaret Tyzack (The Chalk Garden), Helen MCCrory (Rosmersholm) and Lesley Manville (Her Naked Skin) are up for the Best Actress gong, while Best Director nominees include Alan Rickman (Creditors), Michael Grandage (Othello/The Chalk Garden/Ivanov) and Michael Boyd (The History Cycle).
The awards will be handed out at the Royal Opera House on 24 November (08).