A small-scale, intimate musical about hard-won cultural understanding was an altogether apt Tony victor on a night where tolerance and inclusion were constant themes.
CBS was so sure she'd win that it broadcast the award on the live telecast rather than relegating it, as it has done for years, to the pre-telecast hour, where they give all the awards to people nobody has ever heard of.
De Niro is one of the most respected actors in the United States with two Oscar wins for "Raging Bull" and "The Godfather: Part II". "Boy, do we need that now".
The NY Times said De Niro's remarks, which occurred just after 10:35 p.m., "broke through what felt like an orchestrated attempt to avoid controversy, using Mr. Trump's name three times in a short, obscene salvo that brought the Radio City Music Hall audience roaring to its feet".
"Look at the man who is in the White House right now".
The Band's Visit is based on Eran Kolirin's 2007 film about an Egyptian police band that arrives in Israel to play a concert. Its embrace of foreign cultures working together found a sweet spot with Tony voters. The Band's Visit concerns people who have lost hope, he said, beseeching those who are suffering to "call out".More news: United States oil request won’t stop stockpiles dwindling - Goldman Sachs
Check those out below, along with the other musical performances from the 72nd annual Tony Awards.
The biggest victor of the night was The Band's Visit, a musical about an Egyptian band visiting an Israeli desert town. After 9/11 it was very, very hard for me.
The two-part spectacle Harry Potter and the Cursed Child captured six, including best play, book, lighting, sound design, orchestrations and director for John Tiffany, who asked the crowd to sing "Happy Birthday" to his boyfriend. He told viewers they have "21 weeks to save our democracy and heal our planet". "It is a spirit that says no to oppression".
"It asks 'What do we do when our lives are being threatened, when the powers that be don't deem our particular community worthy enough?'" he said. He then referenced last week's US Supreme Court decision which ruled in favour of a baker's right to deny a gay couple a wedding cake based on his beliefs.
Garfield concluded: "We are all sacred and we all belong, so let's just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked".
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Nathan Lane, "Angels in America".
By far the most emotional moment of the evening evoked the nation's divisions over gun reform, when Melody Herzfeld, drama teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was honored from the Tony stage.