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Andrew Garfield wins Tony Awards

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Andrew Garfield arrives at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Andrew Garfield has won the Tony Award for best leading actor in a play for his work as Prior Walter, the AIDS-stricken prophet at the centre of Angels in America.

In an emotional speech, Garfield said playing Walter was the biggest honour of his life.

"He represents the purest spirit of humanity and especially that of the LGBTQ community," he said.

"It is a spirit that says no to oppression. It is a spirit that says no to bigorty, no to shame, no to exclusion. It is a spirit that says we are all made perfectly and we all belong."

 

Also getting on the board early was Three Tall Women's Laurie Metcalf, who won her second Tony Award in as many years for best featured actress in a play.

She won the leading actress statue in 2017 for "A Doll's House, Part 2."

This year's Tony Awards are pitting several high-profile revivals and new shows against one another.

Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants enter the evening with a leading 12 nominations apiece. They are followed closely behind by The Band's Visit and Angels in America, with 11 nominations each, and the two-part play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, with 10 nods.

My Fair Lady, Carousel, and The Iceman Cometh are other prominent contenders.

The telecast won't lack star power.

Nathan Lane, Denzel Washington, Michael Cera, Tina Fey, and Amy Schumer are all nominated and Bruce Springsteen, currently packing them in with his Broadway show, is expected to perform. He was honoured with a special Tony Award.

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