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Actors of color made Tony Awards history tonight

Actors of color made Tony Awards history tonight

Actors Daveed Diggs, Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Renee Elise Goldsberry pose with awards during the 70th Annual Tony Awards at The Beacon Theatre on June 12 in New York City. (Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

Actors Daveed Diggs, Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Renee Elise Goldsberry pose with awards during the 70th Annual Tony Awards at The Beacon Theatre on June 12 in New York City. (Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

Actors of color made Tony Awards history tonight, taking home all four musical acting categories. Cynthia Erivo won lead actress for “The Color Purple,” while Leslie Odom Jr., Renée Elise Goldsberry and Daveed Diggs -- all from “Hamilton” -- won lead actor, featured actress and featured actor, respectively.

The last time a feat like this was achieved was in 1982, when three actors of color -- Jennifer Holliday, Ben Harney and Cleavant Derricks -- won three of the four musical performance awards for their work in “Dreamgirls.”

This feat comes just months after the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite trended, critiquing the film academy and broader Hollywood’s lack of diversity. 

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