Andrew Garfield gave an impassioned speech, dedicating his Lead Actor in a Play Award to the “countless LGBTQ people who have fought and died for the right to live and love” while The Band’s Visit, led entries with seven awards at the 2018 Tony Awards.
Garfield portrayed AIDS patient Prior Walter in the acclaimed revival of Angels in America, which won Best Revival
The 34-year-old actor’s Tony was his first. He was nominated once before in 2012 for his featured role opposite the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in Mike Nichols’ revival of Death of a Salesman.
The Band’s Visit won Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Direction and Best Musical.
Also from the show, Tony Shalhoub won Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Musical, Katrina Lenk won Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical and Ari’el Stachel won Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two won Best Direction of a Play and Best Play.
Robert De Niro rocked the night with a resounding razz of Donald Trump. The 74-year-old actor got right to it after being called to the stage to announce Bruce Springsteen’s performance. (See the Video Here)
Garfield, however, captured the hearts of the audience. “We are all sacred and we all belong, so let’s just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be bake.”
The reference was to a the latest Supreme Court ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The court ruled that a bake shop had the right to refuse to sell a cake to a gay couple on religious grounds.
Check out Garfield’s speech below and see a complete list of winners.
|Tony Awards 2017-2018; Winners in Boldface|
Best Revival of a Play
Best Revival of a Musical
Best Direction, Play
Best Direction, Musical
Best Performance by a Lead Actor, Play
Best Performance by Lead Actress, Play
Best Performance by Lead Actor, Musical
Best Performance by Lead Actress, Musical
Best Performance by Featured Actor, Play
Best Performance by Featured Actress, Play
Best Performance by Featured Actor, Musical
Best Performance by Featured Actress, Musical
Best Book, Musical
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics)
Best Sound Design of a Play
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Best Scenic Design, Play
Best Scenic Design, Musical
Best Lighting Design, Play
Best Lighting Design, Musical
Best Costume Design, Play
Best Costume Design, Musical
Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Special Tony Awards
Regional Theatre Tony Award
Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award
Tony Honors for Excellence