Andrew Garfield, accepting the Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play for his performance in Angels in America, dedicated the award to LGBT people and referred to the Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling by saying, “Let’s all bake a cake for everybody who wants a cake to be baked!”
Garfield won for playing Prior Walter, a gay man with HIV, in the revival of Tony Kushner’s play. “At a moment in time, where maybe the most important thing that we remember right now is the sanctity of the human spirit, it is the profound privilege of my life to play Prior Walter in Angels in America because he represents the purest spirit of humanity,” Garfield said. “And especially that of the LGBTQ community.”
“It is a spirit that says no to oppression. It is a spirit that says no to bigotry, no to shame, no to exclusion. It is a spirit that says we are all made perfectly and we all belong,” he continued. “So I dedicate this award to the countless LGBTQ people who have fought and died to protect that spirit. To protect that message, for the right to live and love as we are created to.”
He concluded with the cake remark in reference to last Monday’s ruling that sided with a Colorado baker who refused to provide a wedding cake to a gay couple because of his conservative Christian beliefs. The court did not create a blanket right to discriminate, and indeed said the rights of gay individuals and couples should be protected, but said the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had shown hostility to the baker’s religious beliefs and therefore did not give him a fair hearing.
Nathan Lane also won for Angels, in the category of Best Featured Actor in a Play, for playing closeted gay conservative Roy Cohn. He said the play is as relevant as ever in these political times, and from the stage he thanked his husband, Devlin Elliott.
And Angels additionally won for Best Revival of a play, and playwright Kushner accepted on the show's behalf. He too made a political statement. "[We have] 21 weeks to save our democracy to heal our country and heal our planet," he said, referring to the November midterm election. "And then what kind of homosexual would I be if I didn't say it's June 10 — happy birthday, Judy Garland. Bye!"
Watch all the acceptance speeches below.