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Video: Actors Thanks Their Teachers, Families, Peers at Tony Awards

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Video: Actors Thanks Their Teachers, Families, Peers at Tony Awards
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The Tony Awards featured emotional speeches from the actors who took home Broadway's biggest honor last night. From Tracy Letts’ impassioned call to actors, to Patina Miller’s moving tribute to her cast, crew, and family, we’ve put together all of last night’s winners and their acceptance speeches.

Courtney B. Vance took home the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance as Hap Hairston in Nora Ephron’s “Lucky Guy.” In his speech, Vance thanked his wife Angela Basset who gave him “the nod” to do this role. 

Judith Light took home the trophy for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the second consecutive year for her work in Richard Greenburg’s “The Assembled Parties.” Light addressed her acceptance speech to the Broadway community, thankful for her part in it. “You lift our culture with your artistry. You inspire me and I cannot tell you how grateful I am to be a part of you and call you my family,” she said. 

The Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play was awarded, not to the movie star, but to the writer. Tracy Letts became the first Pulitzer Prize winning playwright to win a Tony for acting for his work as the embattled George in “Who’s Afraid for Virginia Woolf.” Letts dedicated his win to his parents who “encouraged the love of the arts and an appreciation for the written word.” Letts went on to say that he shared this Tony Award with the actors. “We are the ones who say it to their faces and we have a unique responsibility,”  he said.

Cicely Tyson, after a 30-year hiatus from the stage, took home the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play for her performance in Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful.” "You wrapped me up in your arm for thirty years,” Tyson said. “Now, I can go home with a Tony."

Gabriel Ebert took home the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his work as the deliciously negligent Mr. Wormwood in “Matilda: The Musical.” In his speech, he thanked the cast and creative team, and his family. 

Andrea Martin won the Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her show-stopping performance as Berthe in “Pippin.” In her adorably frazzled speech, Martin thanked Gypsy Snider for “making a dream come true” and letting her “run away with the circus.” 

In one of the most heated races of the night, Billy Porter took home the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance as Lola in “Kinky Boots.” In his speech, Porter reminisced about seeing Jennifer Holliday performing on the Tony Awards as a young boy, citing it as “that moment that changed” his life. 

In the other hotly contested category, Patina Miller won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a musical for her dazzling performance as the Leading Player in “Pippin,” the first character in a musical to earn a Tony for both a man and a woman. “This is a childhood dream come true for me,”  she said.

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