Denzel and Viola Awarded Tonys; 'Fences' Wins Too

Both stars give it up to a higher power in their acceptance speeches.

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Denzel Washington and Viola Davis (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

Red was the big winner at the 2010 Tony Awards, winning best play and five other awards. Other highlights of theater's biggest night of the year include:

"Memphis," the rhythm 'n' blues musical set in the American South in the 1950s, won four Tonys, including best musical. A tale of segregation and integration, "Memphis" was also cited for best orchestration, original score and best book of a musical.

Three Hollywood stars, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Denzel Washington and Scarlett Johansson, were first-time nominees and winners.

"Fences," a revival of August Wilson's deeply personal drama about family, won for best revival of a play and its two stars, Washington and Viola Davis, won for best actors in a play. Even their acceptance speeches seemed to complement each other.

"My mother always says, 'Man gives the award, God gives the reward.' I guess I got both tonight," Washington said after winning for his performance as the sanitation man who might have been a baseball star. It was his first Tony Award and nomination.

"I don't believe in luck or happenstance. I absolutely believe in the presence of God in my life," said Davis, honored for playing Washington's all-sacrificing wife. "It feels like such a divine experience eight times a week."

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