The Outer Critics Circle has just announced the winners of its awards for 2002-03. This season marks the 53rd anniversary of the OCC, an association of more than 75 critics and writers from over 10 states who cover New York theater for out-of-town newspapers, national publications, and other media. The OCC's annual awards honor excellence in Broadway and Off-Broadway theater; this year's ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 29th at Sardi's, beginning at 4pm.

In addition to the winners in the usual categories listed below, a special achievement award will be given to the cast of Talking Heads for Outstanding Ensemble Performance, based on a recommendation by the OCC executive committee. Click here to view a complete list of this year's nominees.

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OUTSTANDING BROADWAY PLAY:
Take Me Out

OUTSTANDING BROADWAY MUSICAL:
Hairspray

OUTSTANDING OFF-BROADWAY PLAY:
The Exonerated

OUTSTANDING OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL:
A Man of No Importance

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY:
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL:
Nine

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY:
Joe Mantello, Take Me Out

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL:
Jack O'Brien, Hairspray

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY:
Twyla Tharp, Movin' Out

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN:
Catherine Martin, La Bohème

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN:
William Ivey Long, Hairspray

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN:
Nigel Levings, La Bohème

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY:
Eddie Izzard, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY:
Jayne Atkinson, Enchanted April

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL:
Antonio Banderas, Nine

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL:
Marissa Jaret Winokur, Hairspray

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY:
Denis O'Hare, Take Me Out

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY:
Linda Emond, Life (x) 3

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL:
Dick Latessa, Hairspray

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL:
Jane Krakowski, Nine

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE:
Frank Gorshin, Say Goodnight Gracie

JOHN GASSNER AWARD:
Matthew Barber, Enchanted April