The Most Touching, Hilarious & Unforgettable Quotes from the 2018 Tony Awards

Including the unexpected honor that Tina Fey bestowed on Mean Girls

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“This is for the people who lose / Both of us have been in your shoes / This one’s for the loser inside of you / This is for the people don’t get to take the trophy home.”

— hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles dedicating their opening number to all of the nominees who head home empty-handed

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“This award is dedicated to the countless LGBTQ people who have fought and died for the right to live and love as we are created to … We are all sacred and we all belong, so let’s just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked.”

— Andrew Garfield, accepting the Tony for Best Leading Actor in a Play for Angels in America, referencing the recent Supreme Court decision on Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

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“All of this year’s Best Musical nominees are based on films, but only one of those films has paid for my boat.”

— Tina Fey, introducing a performance from her musical Mean Girls

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“When I moved to New York, I was told to change my last name from Mendez to Matthews, or I wouldn’t work. I’m so proud to be part of a community that celebrates diversity and individuality … Be your true self and the world will take note.”

— Lindsay Mendez, accepting the Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel

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“About eight years ago, I decided that I need to shake things up, I needed to scare myself again and challenge myself again, because I felt I had more to offer as an actor. This performance has been the culmination of a lot of that work, and this award is a lovely vote of confidence that I've been on the right path.”

— Nathan Lane, accepting the Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Angels in America

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“I’m back with a normal hat this time, that’s a twist!”

— noted tiny hat fan, actress Rachel Bloom, backstage after Frozen’s performance

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“No, seriously, my acting killed Lee Strasberg.”

— Special Tony Award recipient John Leguizamo, recounting the not-so-promising start to his acting career, before presenting Best Revival of a Play

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“You know how hard it is to get tickets to Springsteen on Broadway? It’s easier to get tickets to Hamilton, and that features actual dancing and a history lesson.”

— Robert De Niro, heading back on-script to introduce a performance from Bruce Springsteen

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“May we, their descendants, never lose sight of what they taught us.”

— Tony Shalhoub, paying tribute to his father, an immigrant from Lebanon, while accepting the Tony for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for The Band’s Visit

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