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Though the Oscars were disappointing with respect to the lack of non-white nominees, the Tony Awards felt like redemption Sunday night as many actors of color won gold.
Three of the four wins in the musical acting categories were from the Hamilton cast, a handsome addition to the pool of eleven awards won by the musical. Leslie Odom Jr. received the award for best actor, Daveed Diggs won for best performance by an actor in a featured role, and Reneé Elise Goldsberry won for best performance by an actress in a featured role. Cynthia Erivo filled producer Oprah Winfrey with pride for her lead actress role in The Color Purple revival.
James Corden commented on the diversity of the nominees before the awards were announced; “Think of tonight as the Oscars, but with diversity. It’s so diverse; Donald Trump has threatened to build a wall around this theater.”
Producer of Hamilton Jeffrey Seller lauded Lin-Manuel Miranda – who won the awards for best book for a musical and best original score – praising the “notion of making ‘Hamilton’ look like America today.” Diggs spoke about how the diversity on stage is showing children that Broadway is not an impossible dream.
All in all, the Tony Awards were a big night for diversity, inclusivity, and changing the status quo about talent on Broadway.