Andrew Garfield dedicated his Tony Award to the LGBT+ community
(CNN) While many people won awards and gave incredible speeches at last night's Tony Awards, one of the most memorable was Andrew Garfield's, who won the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play.
Stepping up to collect his award, Andrew told the audience that it meant "a great deal" to him before launching into an emotional and moving speech where he dedicated the award to the LGBT+ community.
"At a moment in time where maybe the most important thing that we remember right now is the sanctity of the human spirit," said Andrew, "It is the profound privilege of my life to play Prior Walter in Angels in America, because he represents the purest spirit of humanity, 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've fought and died to protect that spirit, to protect that message, for the right to live and love as we are created."
After thanking his family and crew members from the play itself, Andrew then finished his speech with a powerful statement: "We are all sacred, and we all belong, so let's just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked."
This final statement refers to a decision made by the US Supreme Court recently that supported a local baker's decision to not bake a wedding cake for a gay couple due to his own religious beliefs.
Speaking backstage after winning the award, Andrew was asked why he dedicated the award to the LGBT+ community in particular.
"This play is for, as I say, all of us but it's really for anyone who has felt like they don't belong, or who has felt ostracised by their culture or who have been told, indoctrinated by religion or by a society that somehow they were created wrong. This is a play for those people, to remind them that they were created perfectly."
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The Gayly. June 11, 2018. 10:00 a.m. CST.