Black Actors Totally Swept The 2016 Tony Awards. | Gradient

Black actors totally swept the 2016 Tony Awards.

James Corden performs at the opening of the Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Sunday evening’s Tony Awards walked a very difficult line between celebrating a banner year on Broadway and mourning the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. The shooting at a gay Orlando nightclub hit the musical theater world particularly hard since the stage has a lengthy history of being a place of safety for the LGBT community. Or, as Hamilton mastermind Lin Manuel-Miranda put it at the show, the LGBT community is “the cornerstone of our industry.”

But host James Corden navigated the balance nimbly, and the evening managed a few moments of power remembrance and took time for celebration. On the heels of the #OscarsSoWhite dumpster fire, black actors swept all four major acting awards.Via Variety:

“Three of those awards went to Broadway hit ‘Hamilton,’ which has been heralded specifically for its diverse cast: Leslie Odom, Jr. (lead actor), Daveed Diggs (featured actor) and Renee Elise Goldsberry (featured actress) took home the prizes. ‘The Color Purple‘ broke ‘Hamilton’s’ streak by winning Cynthia Erivo lead actress, but the fact remains: the 70th edition of Broadway’s biggest night made history.”

Diversity wasn’t the only area in which the Tonys outperformed the Oscars. Once again, the Tony Awards proved that nobody knows how to put on a live show like Broadway, and Corden’s opening act was as thrilling and unexpected as the Oscars’ are predictable and staid. Check it out below.

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