Best and Worst of the 2013 Tony Awards

Best and Worst of the 2013 Tony Awards

Plus: Ladies first, those kids can sing and dance and more

Did you spend your Sunday night watching the NBA Finals, the finale of this season's "Game of Thrones" or the latest episode of "Mad Men"?  If so, you likely missed of the best award show telecasts of the year. Of course, when Neil Patrick Harris hosts the Tony Awards would anyone expect anything less?  

The 2013 Tony Awards featured thrilling performances, a moment that will be marked in entertainment history and, um, Mike Tyson.  It wasn't perfect, but it was great television. With that in mind, check out the best and worst of this year's show courtesy of Daniel Fienberg, Kristopher Tapley and Gregory Ellwood.  

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<p>&quot;Kinky Boots&quot; star and Best Actor winner Billy&nbsp;Porter</p>

"Kinky Boots" star and Best Actor winner Billy Porter

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Cyndi Lauper and 'Kinky Boots' rock the Tony Awards

Tom Hanks loses and Cicely Tyson wins on first nominations

The American Theatre Wing's 67th annual Tony Awards were presented tonight at Radio City Music Hall in New York, and it was Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein's "Kinky Boots" that basked in the glow of glitz and glitter, walking out with the most awards on the night.

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<p>Cyndi Lauper at the 67th annual&nbsp;Tony Awards</p>

Cyndi Lauper at the 67th annual Tony Awards

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Cyndi Lauper inches one step closer to an EGOT at the 2013 Tony Awards

With a Grammy, an Emmy and now a Tony, only the Oscar remains

With her Tony win in the Best Original Score category tonight for her work on the Broadway smash "Kinky Boots," musician Cyndi Lauper has inched a step closer to some elite industry awards company.

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<p>&quot;Dia de los Muertos&quot;</p>

"Dia de los Muertos"

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2013 Student Academy Award winners announced

Students recognized from colleges and universities around the world

The 40th annual Student Academy Awards were held tonight in Beverly Hills. It's worth keeping an eye on these because you never know if they can turn around and show up at the Academy Awards, like Luke Matheny's "God of Love" and Timothy Reckart's "Head Over Heels" have in recent years.

The event was hosted by comedian and -- did you know? -- 1978 Student Academy Award-winner Bob Saget. Presenters included "Boys Don't Cry" writer/director Kimberly Peirce, "The Avengers" star Clark Gregg, last year's Oscar-nominated golden girl Quvenzhané Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") and star of the upcoming "Saving Mr. Banks," Jason Schwartzman.

Sixteen students from colleges and universities around the world were honored. Check out a full list of winners below.

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<p>Peter Sarsgaard and Cate Blanchett in &quot;Blue Jasmine.&quot;</p>

Peter Sarsgaard and Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine."

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Cate Blanchett is on edge in enticing trailer for Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine'

Will she be the latest actor to impress the Academy for a Woody collaboration?

Though he remains an all-time favorite, I try to keep my expectations firmly clamped down for any new Woody Allen these days: even supposed return-to-form "Midnight in Paris" didn't quite land right with me, so it's best to let the sporadic pleasures of his latter-day work come as pleasant surprises. Yet I've broken protocol and allowed myself to get increasingly excited about his dramedy "Blue Jasmine," which hits theaters on July 26.

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<p>Honoree Mel Brooks addresses the audience during the American Film Institute's 41st Lifetime Achievement Award Gala at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday, June 6, 2013 in Los Angeles.</p>

Honoree Mel Brooks addresses the audience during the American Film Institute's 41st Lifetime Achievement Award Gala at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday, June 6, 2013 in Los Angeles.

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Scorsese, De Niro honor Mel Brooks at AFI Tribute

Morgan Freeman, Amy Poehler and Conan O'Brien also turn out to toast Hollywood legend

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman never worked with Mel Brooks, and the Oscar winners came to a ceremony in his honor to let him know they resent it.

Brooks received the American Film Institute's 41st Life Achievement Award Thursday, and Freeman and De Niro were among a galaxy of stars who paid tribute to the man behind "Blazing Saddles," "Young Frankenstein" and "The Producers."

De Niro asked whether there was a casting-couch process he could participate in, and Freeman quipped, "I've never even been on the same bus as Mel Brooks." Still, they thanked him for the decades of laughs.

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<p>They're excited, sure, but should you be?</p>

They're excited, sure, but should you be?

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Review: The title is wishful thinking in Almodóvar's flat, unfunny 'I'm So Excited!'

Spanish auteur hits a career low in this low-energy throwback to his early work

Ah, the "early, funny ones." That seemingly innocent, but bitterly loaded, phrase for the evolved artist's simpler, less conflicted juvenilia was coined by Woody Allen in his 1980 film "Stardust Memories" to playfully antagonize fans with limited patience for his tonal experimentation. He was hardly the first nor the last filmmaker to look down his nose at his own foundational work, even as he backslid towards less risky creative territory in years to follow. Rarer is the established auteur who exhibits an active hankering for his own "early, funny ones," whether or not his audience is demanding the same -- but then, Pedro Almodóvar has never played by anyone's rules but his own.

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<p>Justin Timberlake in &quot;Runner, Runner.&quot;</p>

Justin Timberlake in "Runner, Runner."

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Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck break a light sweat in 'Runner, Runner' trailer

Starring J.T. as a somewhat mature student

With such credible titles as "The Social Network" and the Coens' recent Cannes sensation "Inside Llewyn Davis" on his CV, Justin Timberlake's acting career has hit a certain plane of respectability, without any one performance making either critics or audiences stand to attention. Now comes "Runner, Runner" -- the first film since Andrew Niccol's botched 2011 sci-fi "In Time" to pitch Timberlake to us as a bona fide leading man.

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<p>Walt Disney with his four-Oscar payload in 1954</p>

Walt Disney with his four-Oscar payload in 1954

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With 'Saving Mr. Banks' and Mickey Mouse short 'Get a Horse,' could it be a very Disney Oscars?

The Academy's all-time champion may have a big presence at the 86th annual

An email came over the transom today that normally wouldn't have sparked my attention except it raised an interesting question: Could the Oscars' all-time champion, Walt Disney, figure into the 86th annual Academy Awards in a big way with the animated short "Mickey Mouse in 'Get a Horse?'"

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<p>Ricky Gervais hosting last year's Golden Globe Awards.</p>

Ricky Gervais hosting last year's Golden Globe Awards.

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Ricky Gervais softens his stance on hosting the Oscars (not that he's been asked)

The UK comedian tells Gold Derby he'd accept the gig -- but only without strings

With Seth MacFarlane having ruled himself out of proceedings, the annual pass-the-parcel game for one of the most thankless gigs in showbiz -- hosting the Academy Awards -- continues apace. Nobody's taken on the burden for two years running since Billy Crystal in 1998, while in the past decade, seven people have been (thus far) one-night-only hires. Finding a resident host would probably save AMPAS a lot of bother every year, but so far, nobody seems willing and/or able to be the 21st-century Bob Hope. 

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