Andrew Garfield dedicates Tony Award to LGBT community

11 June, 2018, 22:47 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • Michael Cera and wife Nadine

Shalhoub, best known for his role on Monk, exited The Band's Visit earlier this year.

The 2007 film, The Band's Visit, was critically acclaimed when it was released in Israel, receiving 8 Ophir Awards, including best film, best director, best lead actor for Gabbai and best lead actress for the late Ronit Elkabetz.

"Your biggest obstacle", said Stachel of "The Band's Visit", addressing young artists all across the nation, "may turn out to be your goal".

In her acceptance speech, Lenk said, "Every moment working on The Band's Visit is a privilege and a thrill and has filled my stupid little heart with so much joy-this moment ain't so bad either". Salonga said on their Tony victory.

The British-American won best actor for his role in Angels in America, which explores the Aids crisis in the U.S. during the 1980s.

He referenced a recent Supreme Court order upholding the right of a Colorado baker to refuse to bake a cake for the marriage of a same sex couple.

"So I dedicate this award to the countless LGBTQ who have fought and died to protect that spirit", he said. "It is a spirit that says no to bigotry, no to shame, no to exclusion", she Garfield told the audience.


"It is a spirit that says we were all made perfectly, and we all belong". To all artists out there, she said: "Just be your true self and the world will take note".

Most winners and presenters avoided mentioning Mr. Trump, or Trump-ism by name, while making it clear that their sympathies were with the resistance.

While introducing a performance by Bruce Springsteen, for instance, presenter Robert De Niro said "f**k Trump" twice sending CBS censors scrambling to bleep his off-colour remarks.

"That was the best part of the whole evening!" commented actor John Leguizamo later that night at the Plaza Hotel after-party. He added that "the Tonys have never been this political".

"Harry Potter", a record-setting $69 million two-part production set 19 years after the last of J.K. Rowling's best-selling novels about the boy wizard, won a total of six Tonys including best new play and best director.

In a mesmerising moment, Melody Herzfeld, the heroic drama teacher who nurtured numerous young people demanding change following the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, was honoured from the Tony Award stage. Herzfeld saved 65 lives by barricading students into a small classroom closet on Valentines Day when police say a former student went on a school rampage, killing 17 people. She later encouraged many of her pupils to lead the nationwide movement for gun reform.

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