Congratulations to Audra McDonald who made history at the 2014 Tony Awards by being the first person to win six Tony Awards for acting. She has talent! Give it all to her! (That was a Quinta B “He got money” reference for those who missed that joke) You might remember Audra from her role as Dr. Naomi Bennett on Shonda Rhymes Private Practice. This year Audra challenged herself with the role of Billie Holiday in the play “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” and went on to win the coveted Best Actress award this year. My favorite part of her speech was when she said, “Thanks mom and dad up in heaven for disobeying doctors’ orders and not medicating their hyperactive girl, and find[ing] out what she was into and, instead, pushing her into the theater.” Truer words were never spoken and several seats were taken around the world. Finally she humbly acknowledged those that came before her which I always think is a clue in to someone’s character. It was a beautiful moment in time.
Congratulations also goes out to British actress Sophie Okonedo who took home the Tony award for Best Featured Actress in a Play with her Broadway debut in “A Raisin in the Sun.” You might remember Sophie from the film “Hotel Rwanda” where she starred alongside Don Cheadle. I have to say seeing a Broadway production is definitely on my bucket list and “A Raisin in the Sun” tops the list of plays I would like to see. Though no one can compare to Sidney Poitier’s interpretation, can you even imagine what it would be like to see Denzel Washington and Sophie Okonedo live?! I can’t even. Mind. Blown. There you have it Universe...I’m putting it out there...I will wait patiently as the powers that be make this dream happen. NYC here I come!
Sophie Okonedo - Sophie Theallet
See below a number of looks that tore up the red carpet, in the most fashionable way possible of course.
Katherine Jenkins - Oscar de la Renta
Lupita Nyong’o - Fausto Puglisi
Solange Knowles - Gucci
Anika Noni Rose - Badgley Mischka
Amber Heard - Stella McCartney
Keke Palmer - Cushnie et Ochs