Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Robert De Niro drops F-bomb against Trump at the Tony Awards

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Kelvin Reese | 11 June, 2018, 10:33

"I'm gonna say one thing: F-k Trump", De Niro shouted, raising his arms into the air as the crowd cheered for almost half a minute.

Tony Shalhoub won as best leading man in a musical for his work on "The Band's Visit", connecting the win to his family's long history of immigration from Lebanon, and the show's Katrina Lenk, who won best actress in a musical, said the production "filled her stupid little heart with so much joy".

But the biggest surprise of the night came when Robert De Niro, appearing on stage to introduce Springsteen, used the "F-bomb" against U.S. President Donald Trump. The CBS television audience heard dead silence instead before he raised his arms - twice - and earned a sustained standing ovation.

The 2007 film, The Band's Visit, was critically acclaimed when it was released in Israel, receiving 8 Ophir Awards, including best film, best director, best lead actor for Gabbai and best lead actress for the late Ronit Elkabetz. The 82-year-old star of her show, the veteran British actress and government official Glenda Jackson, also found herself on the winner's podium at Radio City Music Hall.

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According to US Today, Tony Award victor John Tiffany, who won for his role in the hit Broadway show Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, was making his way into the media room just as the Meet The Focker's actor went rogue. "It is an honor to be chosen to open up to the whole world the celebration of Broadway's magic and talent at the Tony Awards, the industry's most important event".

Praising playwright Tony Kushner, an emotional Lane said, "Tony wrote one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, and it is still speaking to us as powerfully as ever in the midst of such political insanity". So, I dedicate this award to the countless LGBTQ people who have fought and died to protect that spirit.

Many critics have tapped The Band's Visit as their odds-on favourite to be crowned best new musical. Victory in the category of best featured actor in a musical went to Ari'el Stachel of "The Band's Visit".

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