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Oscar-winning actor Robert de Niro issued an expletive-laden denunciation of US President Donald Trump during the live television broadcast of the Tony Awards ceremony on Sunday. At age 82, Jackson has returned to Broadway for the first time in more than three decades after a lengthy detour into British politics.

Garfield won best actor in a play for his acclaimed performance in the Angels In America revival, a monumental two-part drama about AIDS during the Reagan years.

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Tony voters delivered another surprise by giving the award for Best Revival of a Musical to "Once on This Island". 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.

Andrew Garfield, the star of the revival of "Angels in America", the victor of the Tony Award for best revival of a play, beat out a starry group of best-actor-in a-play nominees. The smart bet was that Broadway would give her a Tony for her script.

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The "deplorables" who voted for Trump probably were not watching the Tony Awards. Though "Mean Girls" was nominated for 12 awards, the stage adapation of the Tina Fey film did not win any.

Many critics have tapped The Band's Visit as their odds-on favourite to be crowned best new musical.

In her acceptance speech, telling Tony hopefuls to be true to themselves, Mendez said that when she had first moved to NY, she had been told she would need to change her name.

This charming show beat back stiff challenges from two revivals of American musical-theater classics: "Carousel" and "My Fair Lady".

"The Band's Visit", about Egyptian musicians stranded in a small Israeli town, also won acting awards for stars Tony Shaloub, Katrina Lenk and Ari'el Stachel, as well as best book, score, director, orchestration, sound design and lighting. She concluded: "To all the artists out there, be your true self and the world will take note".

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