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Scarlett Johansson and Eddie Redmayne win first two acting Tony Awards

June 13, 2010 |  5:46 pm

Both Scarlett Johansson and Eddie Redmayne won Tony Awards for their Broadway debuts. The four-time Golden Globe nominated actress featured in this season's acclaimed revival of "A View From the Bridge." She wowed the tough New York theater crowd as the lovesick teenager in this third rialto remounting of the Arthur Miller classic. Tony Award winner Liev Schreiber ("Glengarry Glen Ross") is contending tonight for his performance as her lustful Uncle Eddie. Among those Johansson edged out in this race was stage vet Jessica Hecht as Eddie's long-suffering wife, Beatrice.

Redmayne won the Olivier Award for creating the role of the beleaguered assistant to artist Mark Rothko in the new play "Red." This work by two-time Oscar nominated screenwriter John Logan ("Gladiator," "The Aviator") is predicted to take the top award tonight. In the creative arts portion of the Tonys, "Red" won lighting design (Neil Austin, who also contended for "Hamlet"), scenic design (Christopher Oram) and sound design (Adam Cork, also nominated for "Enron").