ScarJo, Denzel, "Red" & "Memphis" Dominate Tony Awards

By Michael Preston
|  Monday, Jun 14, 2010  |  Updated 10:24 PM CDT
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Hollywood crashed the Tonys in a big way last evening with film stars Scarlett Johansson, Denzel Washington and Catherine Zeta-Jones taking home top acting prizes while the rhythm and blues musical  "Memphis" and the two-man play "Red" both collected multiple awards.

A stunned Johannson won best featured actress in her Broadway debut for the revival of Arthur Miller's "View From the Bridge."

"Every since I was a little girl I wanted to be on Broadway and here I am," said the actress best known for her roles in movies such as "Lost in Translation" and "Iron Man 2."

Washington won best actor in a play for his lead role as one part of a troubled marriage in August Wilson's "Fences", which also won for best revival. Viola Davis, Denzel's co-star, won best actress in a play, marking the first time in Tony hisory that black actors won those awards in the same theater season.

"My mother always says, 'Man gives the award, God gives the reward'," Washington said in his acceptance speech. “I guess I’ve been given both tonight.”

Catherine Zeta-Jones won her Tony for best actress in a muscial for playing, naturally, an actress in "A Little Night of Music."

The Tony nominations and wins were firsts for Washington and Zeta-Jones.

"Red," a drama about painter Mark Rothko that deals with the friction between art and commerce, won best play among its six honors.

"This to me is the moment of my lifetime," said "Red" playwright John Logan.

"Red" also won best diretor for Michael Grandage and Eddie Redmayne took home the statue for featured performance by an actor in a play for his portrayal of Rothko's disenchanted assistant.

"Memphis," a story set in the segregated South of the 1950s, won four Tonys, including best musical.

Sean Hayes, best known for his role as the flaymboyant Jack McFarland on the sitcom "Will and Grace,"  was both host for the evening and a nominee for lead actor for his work in "Promises, Promises."

"I have actually managed to combine a good chance of losing with a good chance of bombing," he said during his opening monologue.

Throughout the evening, Hayes induldged in playful antics, from making out with his co-star Kristen Chenoweth, to dressing up as Little Orphan Annie to running down the aisles dressed as Spider-Man to spoof the rumored Broadway treatment of the superhero.

But the bright shining lights of Tinsletown ruled the night in the end.

Though they didn't win, other silver screen heavy hitters like Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig, who both starred in "A Steady Rain," and Jude Law, who played the titular "Hamlet," upped the star power on the Great White Way this year, leading to record breaking box office figures.

Hollywood also flashed its muscle behind the scenes as well. "Fela!" the energetic biography of Nigerian star Fela Anikulapo- Kuti, received major financial backing from actors Will and Jada-Pinkett Smith and rapper and music mogul Jay-Z. The musical won three awards, including best choreography. "American Idiot," the adaptation of Green Day's album of the same name, also won two awards and was nominated for best musical.

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