Glee star Ali Stroker made history at the Tony Awards on Sunday night (June 9), as she became the first person in a wheelchair to be nominated for and win a Tony Award.
The annual celebration of Broadway’s finest, hosted by James Corden at Radio City Music Hall in New York, saw Stroker take home the trophy for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Ado Annie in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
The 31-year-old, who was a finalist on the second season of The Glee Project and later appeared as a guest star on Glee as Betty Pillsbury in 2013, dedicated her award to children with disabilities.
"This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation or a challenge, who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena," she said during her emotional acceptance speech.
Stroker also performed a rendition of her musical number 'I Cain’t Say No', while Oklahoma! also won the trophy for Best Revival of a Musical.
Meanwhile, Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston picked up the second Tony of his career, winning Best Leading Actor in a Play for his role as newsman Howard Beale in Network. He collected the same award in 2014 for his portrayal of Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way.
He had some tough competition in the category, beating Adam Driver (Burn This), Jeff Daniels (To Kill a Mockingbird), Paddy Considine (The Ferryman) and Jeremy Pope (Choir Boy).
Cranston also got political in his acceptance speech, referencing US President Donald Trump’s frequent tweets about "fake news" and dedicating his win to the press.
"The media is not the enemy of the people," he said. "Demagoguery is the enemy of the people.
"I would like to dedicate this to all the real journalists around the world, both in the press and the print media and also broadcast media, who actually are in the line of fire with their pursuit of the truth."