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The Tonys Go to the Movies (VIDEOS)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 11, 2012 at 5:05AM

Movies were all over the Tony Awards this year. "Once," based on the Fox Searchlight Sundance sleeper, took home eight Tonys including Best Musical and Best Actor, and Disney film-flop-turned-Broadway-musical "Newsies" won best score.
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'Once'
'Once'

Movies were all over the Tony Awards this year. "Once," based on the Fox Searchlight Sundance sleeper, took home eight Tonys including Best Musical and Best Actor, and Disney film-flop-turned-Broadway-musical "Newsies" won best score.

Crooner Ricky Martin hit the stage for the revival of "Evita," followed by the original Che and Evita, Mandy Patinkin and Patti LuPone, who sang their presentation. As expected, a teary Audra MacDonald took home her fifth Tony, her first for Best Actress, for the streamlined 21st-century musical model of "Porgy and Bess."

The Tony Awards
The Tony Awards

It was a good night for Hollywood's Scott Rudin, who produced Trey Parker and Matt Stone's 2011 best musical "Book of Mormon," and this year produced the Tony-winning revival of "Death of a Salesman," for which Mike Nichols also won Best Director of a play.  “It’s the rarest thing in a play,” the 80-year-old Nichols said of “Salesman.” “It gets truer as time goes by.”

Neil Patrick Harris at the Tony Awards
Neil Patrick Harris at the Tony Awards

For the third time, Philip Seymour Hoffman lost Best Actor, this time to British first-time nominee James Corden for slapstick comedy "One Man, Two Guvnors."

It was an emotional night, as two actors mentioned recently lost parents and two others cited about-to-be-married fiances. And for the third year, light in the loafers Neil Patrick Harris did his usual stunt musical numbers (see opener below), and gamely hung upside down like "Spider-Man" to provide distraction during some dull bits of American Theater Wing business. I'll sign that let-Harris-host-the-Oscars petition. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.