Andrew Garfield — the LGBT icon we never knew we needed Image: AP
It's Pride Month, folks — and this year's Tony Awards could not have fallen on a better date. The award, which recognises excellence in live Broadway theatre, had its most politically charged edition yet.
No, really — Robert DeNiro was bleeped for saying "F**k Trump" twice. Andrew Garfield took sides in the gay cake debate. Bruce Springsteen made people cry. It was all about the drama.
But the show-stealer of the night was former Spider-Man star, Andrew Garfield. The actor won his first Tony Award for his role in the revival of the Pulitzer-winning Tony Kushner play Angels in America in the Best Leading Actor category, and his speech is winning Pride Month.
Andrew won the award for his portrayal of Prior Walter, the protagonist of the iconic 1991 play, which is considered a tour de force in the LGBTQ movement. For his acceptance speech, he chose to weigh in on the most relevant issue of the moment.
"At a moment in time where maybe the most important thing that we remember right now is the sanctity of the human spirit, it is the profound privilege of my life to play Prior Walter in Angels in America because he represents the purest spirit of humanity, and especially that of the LGBTQ community," said the actor, who dedicated his award to the 'countless LGBTQ people who fought and died' to preserve the spirit of inclusivity.
Andrew said in his speech that he believes in the spirit which makes everyone feel like they belong and which says that all are made perfectly. "It is a spirit that says no to oppression. It is a spirit that says no to bigotry, no to shame, no to exclusion," he added.
The actor, who opened up about his sexuality this February, had said that though he identifies himself as a heterosexual, he has "an openness to any impulses" that may arise within him at any time.
During his Tony speech, he also made a reference about the gay cake debate which took America by storm a few months ago. "We are all sacred and we all belong, so let’s just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked!" he said about the Masterpiece Cakeshop vs Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruling of the Supreme Court.
The recent Supreme Court decision that ruled in favour of a Colorado baker who had refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple was considered a major hit to equal rights and an obvious setback for the LGBTQ community.
Andrew's portrayal of Walter, a Jewish gay man diagnosed with AIDS, who gets heavenly visions in Angels in America, was critically praised by audiences and critics alike. His Tony speech, too, is being lauded by Tweeple. Have a look.