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Unlike #OscarsSoWhite, the Tony Awards are diverse

Unlike #OscarsSoWhite, the Tony Awards are diverse

Pascale Armand, left, Lupita Nyong'o and Saycon Sengbloh in Danai Gurira's "Eclipsed," directed by Liesl Tommy. (Joan Marcus)

Pascale Armand, left, Lupita Nyong’o and Saycon Sengbloh in Danai Gurira’s “Eclipsed,” directed by Liesl Tommy. (Joan Marcus)

Earlier this year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced an all-white slate of acting nominees -- for the second year in a row. Immediately, #OscarsSoWhite started to trend. But don’t expect that at the Tonys, where a number of productions champion diversity. Take a look at some of the ceremony’s diverse representation:

  • 14 individual nominees are actors of color, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lupita Nyong’o and Sophie Okonedo.
  • “Eclipsed,” which is nominated for best play, is the first to be written and performed exclusively by black women.
  • “Hamilton,” known for its diverse cast and hip-hop influence, is nominated for 16 Tonys. It has the chance to beat the record for most wins in one night.

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