What a touching moment. Lin-Manuel Miranda won the award for Best Original Score at the Tony Awards on June 12, and used his acceptance speech to send a touching message to the victims of the tragic Orlando shooting, while also showering his wife, Vanessa, with love. Watch a full video of his sonnet here.
Lin Manuel-Miranda, 36, wrote his acceptance speech for the Tony Awards at the very last minute after learning of the horrific shooting in Orlando just hours earlier. Rather than going through a long list of thank yous, the Broadway star delivered a gorgeous, minute-long sonnet, in which he paid tribute to the 49 victims, as well as his wife. Watch here.
“My wife’s the reason anything gets done. She nudges me toward promise by degrees. She is a perfect symphony of one, our son is her most beautiful reprise,” he said. “We chase the melodies that seem to find us until they’re finished songs start to play. When senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised, not one day. This show is proof that history remembers. We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger, we rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer. And love is love is love is love is love is love, cannot be killed or swept aside. I sing Vanessa’s symphony, Eliza tells her story, now fill the world with music, love and pride.”
In the press room, Lin admitted that he hadn’t written anything ahead of the show, and that it just made sense for him to address the tragic events in Florida during his opportunity to be on stage.
Host James Corden also made sure to mention the shooting in his opening. “Theater is a place where every race, every creed, every sexuality is equal, embraced and loved,” he said. “Hate will never win. Together we have to make sure of that. Tonight’s show stands as a symbol and celebration of that principle.”
Omar Mateen, 29, killed 49 people and injured at least 53 more when he opened fire at Pulse Nightclub in the early morning of June 12. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families during this difficult time.
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