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Genuinely touched

Mike Nichols' rambling-but-genuine acceptance speech after winning best direction for the revival of "Death of a Salesman" was particularly touching. Who knew he had won a pie-eating contest as a kid near the theater! "That was nice, but this is nicer," he said. Nichols, who's been nominated for a Tony 18 times and attended the show with wife Diane Sawyer, wrapped up his speech with a nod to Arthur Miller's play: "A salesman has to dream. It goes with the territory." Jason Szenes / EPA
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