It seems like money in the bank that “Hamilton,” the Broadway phenomenon about the first Secretary of the Treasury that racked up a record 16 Tony nominations, should take home a few of those awards Sunday night.
But why should Alexander be the only Hamilton to be honored? In that regard, we present the Hamiltony Awards, to pay tribute to other famous Hamiltons of fact and fiction.
Hamilton who’s found his place in the sun
That would be the perennially tanned George Hamilton, star of such films as “Where the Boys Are” and “Love at First Bite.” His award should be bronzed.
Best butt-kicking Hamilton
The clear winner is Linda Hamilton, who melted the heart of Ron Perlman on the ’80s series “Beauty and the Beast” and brought down that other savage beast — Arnold Schwarzenegger — in the “Terminator” movies.
The most wickedly talented Hamilton ever
Margaret Hamilton was so good she was scary as the Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz.” She was also memorable as a bluenose shocked by Mae West’s antics in “My Little Chickadee” (1940) and as the creepy housekeeper in William Castle’s “13 Ghosts” (1960).
Most persistent Hamilton, bar none
Despite never beating his courtroom opponent, Perry Mason, L.A. District Attorney Hamilton Burger (William Talman) continued to present his case to the jury week after humiliating week.
Hamilton with the best nose for news
Hail to the “Chief,” aka John Hamilton, who played Perry White, gruff editor of The Daily Planet on TV’s “The Adventures of Superman.” You could always count on him to bellow his catchphrase “Great Caesar’s ghost” at least once during an episode.
Hamilton with the most arresting voice
As Police Commissioner Gordon on the campy ’60s series “Batman,” Neil Hamilton spoke more eloquently than any person in law enforcement. Ironically, the actor had his greatest success as a leading man in silent movies.
The sweetest Georgia peach of a Hamilton
It’s hard to think of a character as chock full of goodness as Scarlett O’Hara’s demure cousin Melanie Hamilton (played by Olivia de Havilland) in “Gone With the Wind.” Is it any wonder that Ashley Wilkes preferred her to Scarlett?