*James Earl Jones is among the Hollywood heavyweights in the race for Britain’s 2010 Laurence Olivier theater awards, presented annually by the Society of London Theatre to recognize excellence in professional theatre.

According to the Associated Press, Jones is on the best actor shortlist for his role in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” [Watch promo below.]

Lorraine Burroughs as Camae in The Mountaintop

Also among the best actor nominees announced Monday: Jude Law for “Hamlet,” James McAvoy for “Three Days of Rain,” Mark Rylance for “Jerusalem,” Ken Stott for “A View from the Bridge” and Samuel West for “Enron.”

Also, Lorraine Burroughs received a best actress nomination for her role in “The Mountaintop,” a play about Dr. Martin Luther King set in room 306 of the Lorraine Motel, where the civil rights leader was assassinated. Burroughs plays Camae, a woman who works at the hotel. [Watch clip below.]

Burroughs is nominated alongside Rachel Weisz for “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Gillian Anderson for “A Doll’s House,” Imelda Staunton for “Entertaining Mr. Sloane” and Juliet Stevenson for “Duet for One.”