That initial victor was Andrew Garfield, taking home the award for best actor in a play as Prior Walter in the revival of "Angels in America", Tony Kushner's groundbreaking epic of gay rights in Reagan-era America.
While many Tony Awards audience members showed their support for De Niro, some celebs were critical of the remarks on social media.
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The Band's Visit won a whopping ten awards total-in fact, the only award it lost was Scenic Design.
It lost just one category among its 11 nominations, with its 10 wins just two shy of the record for any show set by "The Producers".
The man behind Angels in America, legendary playwright Tony Kushner, spoke to reporters backstage about De Niro's spirited introduction for Springsteen, the AP reported.
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"Harry Potter", a record-setting $69 million two-part production set 19 years after the last of J.K. Rowling's best-selling novels about the boy wizard, won a total of six Tonys including best new play and best director.
There may not be any angels in America, but according to De Niro there's at least one devil.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Laurie Metcalf, "Three Tall Women".
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