Three of the four top acting awards went to African-Americans during “The 67th Annual Tony Awards” Sunday night.
Cicely Tyson took home her first Tony Award for “The Trip to Bountiful” and Patina Miller won for her amazing turn as ringmaster in the revival of “Pippin.”
Billy Porter won the Tony for best man in a musical for his sassy, outrageous Lola in “Kinky Boots” wearing hip-high boots and an attitude only found in drag queens.
“When I think of the moment when I stand before you, this moment I cannot help but remember all of the thumbprints that has touched this being during the course of her career,” Tyson said.
“I didn’t want to be greedy,” Tyson said. “I just wanted one more.”
“Please wrap it up it says,” Tyson said, reading from the teleprompter toward the end of her allotted time. “And that’s exactly what it did for me you wrapped me up after 30 years.”
Miller, to the shock of no one who saw her star in “Pippin” took the Tony for best leading actress in a musical. She took on the role made famous by Ben Vereen and owned it from the moment she steps on stage.
Barely catching his breath at on stage, Porter said, “My discovery to truth began washing dishes in kitchen, watching Jennifer Holliday in ‘Dream Girls’.”
Porter was up against his co-star, Stark Sands, and said, “Porter I share this award with you. I am going to keep it at my house, but I share it with you.
The other of the main acting awards went to Tracy Letts, who also won in 2008. He took home his second leading actor award for his gut-wrenching performance in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?”
To his fellow nominees, who included Tom Hanks, in “Lucky Guy,” Letts said you are not my competition you are my peers and I am proud to be in your company.