The Best Actress award, the traditional first award of the evening, was handed out to Hollywood star and international sex symbol Scarlett Johansson for her breakout role in the latest revival of Arthur Miller's iconic "A View From The Bridge", People
Johansson's role in "A View From the Bridge", alongside fellow film star Liev Shreiber, earned Johnasson glowing reviews from major critics, including the New York Times rave by longtime theater writer Ben Brantley, who says:
In recent years Broadway’s stages have been littered with dim performances from bright screen stars, including Julia Roberts and Katie Holmes. Film actresses as famous as Ms. Johansson tend to create their own discomfort zones onstage, defined by the mixed expectations of fans and skeptics...Ms. Johansson melts into her character so thoroughly that her nimbus of celebrity disappears.
Denzel Washington's Tony was, in turn, for his role in the revival of another classic stage drama "Fences". The play took home the award for Best Revival as well as a lead actor statue for Washington, who also won a Best Actor Oscar award for his role in the 2001 film "Training Day".