Tony Awards 2013 Winners: Cicely Tyson, Billy Porter, Patina Miller and Courtney B. Vance Make History

Posted on June 10, 2013 /Awards, Theater

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It was a historic night for black actors at the 67th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, who took home half of the top acting honors, including best lead actor in a musical, best lead actress in a play, and best lead actress in a musical.

Legendary actress Cicely Tyson won her first Tony award for Best Performance by an Actress in Leading Role in a Play for her role as a neglected mother in ‘The Trip To Boutinful.’ At age 88, she is the oldest person to ever win a Tony.

Billy Porter nabbed the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his controversial role as a drag queen in ‘Kinky Boots.’

Patina Miller also made history by winning Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her role as Leading Player in “Pippin.” Ben Vereen won a Tony in 1973 for his role as Leading Player in the original production. This marks the first time a woman and a man have won a Tony award for playing the same role.

Courtney B. Vance won Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for his performance as a newpaper editor opposite Tom Hanks in ‘Lucky Guy.’ This is Vance’s first Tony win and his seventh nomination.

The ceremony also featured a historic amount of performances and presentations by black actors, which included Audra McDonald, Billy Porter, The Cast of Motown The Musical, Patina Miller, the cast of The Lion King, and Mike Tyson.

For a full list of winners, head over to the Tony website by clicking here.