Black actors dominate Tony Awards winners' list

14 Jun 2016

Black actors dominate Tony Awards winners' list

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Actors of colour won big at the Tony Awards, a counterpoint to the controversy that surrounded the 88th Academy Awards, which nominated zero non-white stars earlier this year.

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All four musical acting categories included a diverse group of nominees, and in the end four actors of colour took the stage to accept their awards at the ceremony that took place Sunday night at the Beacon Theater, reports 

Three of the wins came from the cast of the musical "Hamilton". Leslie Odom Jr took home the trophy for best actor, while Daveed Diggs and Reneé Elise Goldsberry bagged the awards for their work in the acclaimed musical. 

Frontrunner Cynthia Erivo won for her performance in "The Color Purple", a victory that prompted tears from producer Oprah Winfrey. 
"Hamilton", which led with record-breaking 16 nominations, won a total of 11 awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score for mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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