The Outer Critics Circle Award nominations were just announced and Wicked leads the pack with 10 total nominations, followed by the revival of Fiddler on the Roof with six. Avenue Q was in the running last year but it has been honored with a special award this year.

The 54th annual honors will be announced May 3 and presented at a ceremony at Sardi's Restaurant, May 27. The awards, known as the first awards of the season, are decided upon by an group of writers "covering New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway."

The design award nominees are as follows:

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
John Lee Beatty, Twentieth Century
Ralph Funicello, Henry IV
Eugene Lee, Wicked
Vicki Mortimer, Jumpers

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
Jess Goldstein, Henry IV
Susan Hilferty, Wicked
Mike Nicholls & Bobby Pearce, Taboo
Catherine Zuber, Intimate Apparel

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Assassins
David Lander, I Am My Own Wife
Brian MacDevitt, Fiddler on the Roof
Kenneth Posner, Wicked

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Outstanding Ensemble Performance and Puppet Artistry Avenue Q

For a complete list of nominees, click here.