American-British actor Andrew Garfield drew cheers from the Tony Award audience members during his acceptance speech that opened the ceremony Sunday.
“Lets all bake a cake for everybody who wants a cake to be baked!" Garfield closed his speech to thunderous applause.
Garfield was nominated for his role as Prior Walter in Angels in America. The character is abandoned and alone while suffering and dying from AIDS.
"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," Garfield began his speech saying. "And especially that of the LGBTQ community."
"It is a spirit that says no to oppression," he continued. "It is a spirit that says no to bigotry, no to shame, no to exclusion. It is a spirit that says we are all made perfectly and we all belong. So, I dedicate this award to the countless LGBTQ people who have fought and died to protect that spirit. To protect that message, for the right to live and love as we are created to."
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