Black Actors Make History At the Tony Awards
While the Oscars may be “so white,” last night’s Tony Awards was extreme inclusive. The show that celebrates Broadway’s brightest stars made history Sunday night when Black actors swept all of the major musical acting categories.
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) June 13, 2016
Thanks to this year’s biggest hit, Hamilton, actors of color clocked wins in the best actor, best actress, best featured actor and best featured actress categories.
Cynthia Erivo of The Color Purple took home the award for best actress in a musical; Leslie Odom Jr. of Hamilton won for best actor in a musical; and Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs and Renée Elise Goldsberry took home best featured actor and actress respectively.
— laura brown (@laurjbrown) June 13, 2016
That wasn’t the end of the Tony’s historical night. Hamilton won a slew of awards, including best score, best book, and best musical. The Color Purple also took home the Tony for best revival of a musical.
Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda also paid tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting, telling the audience, “Love is love.”
— Racked (@Racked) June 13, 2016
Now that primetime TV and Broadway are both increasingly diverse, maybe Hollywood–and the Oscars–will follow suit.