09:15 AM EDT 07/06/2014
Originally posted 06/13/2010 10:15PM
During a ceremony that frequently tipped its hat to the past, the first Tony winner of Sunday night, a breathless and beautiful Scarlett Johansson, was honored for her featured role in the revival of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge – which first played on Broadway in 1955.
Still, as her excitement demonstrated, being recognized for stage work was an entirely new sensation for the New York-born screen actress. "Being welcomed into this community has been a dream come true for me," Johansson, 25, said on the great stage of Radio City Music Hall, where the 64th annual Tony Awards, honoring Broadway's best, were broadcast live on CBS. "Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be on Broadway, and here I am."
She also expressed her gratitude to "the Canadian I live with," husband Ryan Reynolds. "Thank you for being a theater widower for me," she said as he applauded from the audience of the 6,000-seat hall.
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