Diversity reigned at the 2016 Tony Awards with black actors win big in four broad categories of action, while the hip-hop musical blockbuster Hamilton, about the US founding father Alexander Hamilton, scored an impressive 11 trophies at the ceremony.
The issue of diversity in Hollywood has long been a subject of debate, with the lack of proposals for black stars at the Oscars this year that caused the #OscarsSoWhite campaign.
Tony, however, awards seemed to have set a new benchmark in diversity.
Three of the wins came for acting cast of Hamilton. Leslie Odom Jr. took home the trophy for best actor, while Daveed Diggs (best featured actor) and Renee Elise Goldsberry (best actress told) caught awards for his work on the acclaimed musical.
“There is so much diversity on Broadway. I am very proud to be part of it,” Diggs said after his victory.
Cynthia Erivo won for her performance in the revival of The Color Purple, a victory that brought tears Oprah Winfrey manufacturer.
Before any prizes were awarded, host James Corden praised the diversity among the nominees – while excavation is done in the presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“Think of tonight as the Oscars, but with diversity. It is so diverse, Donald Trump has threatened to build a wall around this theater,” he said.
After the ceremony, Tony Award tweeted: “For the first time in history #TonyAwards, the four musical performance awards have gone to people of color.”