Nothin' Like Broadway: Winners & Losers from Last Night's Hamilton - Sorry, Tony Awards

Last night was every Broadway lovers' most anxious night, the 2016 Tony Awards.

The big question on everyone's mind: would broadway super-smash Hamilton, which was going in to the award show with an astounding 16 nominations, officially break the record for most Tony's won in a single evening?

While (spoiler alert, except, not really) Hamilton was the big winner of the night we've got to highlight some of the greatest moments of the night.

Overall, it was a somewhat somber affair due to the heartbreaking tragedy in Orlando that shook America to its roots early Sunday morning. 

We're all on board with the idea that awards shows are among some of the more pointless things in culture at large, so it's always encouraging when the stage becomes a platform for something much bigger. 

For the winners and losers of the night, read on. 


Winner: Using the stage for something so much bigger

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Starting off the award show, first-time host James Corden addressed the victims and families of those involved in the mass shooting in Orlando that left 50 dead and 53 wounded.

Throughout the show several winners and presenters addressed the tragedy and expressed wonderful thoughts of condolence and encouragement.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, while accepting the award for Best Original Score for Hamilton, read a sonnet that both thanked and praised his wife, and emphasized that love "cannot be killed or swept aside." We were in tears within seconds.


Winner/Loser: the record for most Tony awards still stands

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While Hamilton does hold the record for most Tony nominations - standing at a whopping 16 noms - many wondered if it would also set a new record for most Tonys won for a single show.

The record currently stands at 12, said record being held by The Producers, which dominated the 2001 Tonys.

Sadly, Hamilton did not break the record, as it took home a total of 11 awards last night. The only categories Hamilton did not pick up were Best Scenic Design of a Musical, which went to She Loves Me, and Best Lead Actress in a Musical, which went to The Color Purple's Cynthia Erivo.

But of course, Hamilton took home the biggest award of the night, the Best Musical Award, and all was right in the world once more.


Winner: Andrew Rannells


Andrew Rannells, The Book of Mormon's original leading man, dressed up as the moron that's trying to Make America Great Again? Need we say more?


Loser: The Oscars

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James Corden was a good host. It's not that the Oscars don't ever find a good host, they just never seem to find a host that can carry the show without being a nuisance. 

Maybe this has more to do with James Corden already being liked in other places, maybe this has to do with how bad the Oscars have gone the last few years.


Winner: live performances

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Even if you hadn't seen any of the musicals up for awards last night, you at least got to walk away from your TV with a taste of what this Broadway season had to offer.

From Hamilton, to Waitress, to The Color Purple, the night was jam-packed with incredible performances.

Some performances to note were Cynthia Erivo - who would later win Best Lead Actress in a Musical - and her absolutely insane performance of "I'm Here" from The Color Purple. 

Sara Bareilles made an appearance to perform "She Used to Be Mine" from Waitress (for which she wrote the music and lyrics) along with the shows leading lady, Jessie Mueller.

Deaf West's production of Spring Awakening performance of "Mama Who Bore Me" is definitely worth looking up if you didn't catch it last night.


Loser: #OscarsSoWhite

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This year, all four musical acting awards went to people of color, a Tony Awards first. 

The winners were Leslie Odom Jr., Renee Elise Goldsberry, and Daveed Diggs for Hamilton, and Cynthia Erivo for The Color Purple.

This years award show was noted for its diverse nominations - much unlike the most recent #OscarsSoWhite season. What can we say about history being made last night other than: hell yes.


Winner: BARBRA. STREISAND

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BABS!

Barbra Streisand took the Tony Awards stage for the first time in 46 years, and everyone collectively freaked out.

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Streisand closed out the night by presenting the most highly anticipated award of the evening: Best Musical - which, of course, went to Hamilton. The only surprise there was Barbra's presence.


Loser: CBS


Oh, CBS... "America's Most Watched Network" pretty much fumbled the night away by running the credits during the last performance of the night, the cast of Hamilton celebrating its final win of the night, Best Musical.

You got to carry the best NCAA March Madness Final in forever, an exciting (albeit wildly disappointing) Super Bowl game where Peyton Manning rode off into the sunset with one more ring, but then you totally drop the ball on the closing moments of the Tony Awards. Thx guys. 

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