Night of firsts at the Tonys as shocked Catherine Zeta-Jones leads successful Brits

by She was a first time Tony Award nominee and wasn't expecting to walk away with an award.

But Catherine Zeta-Jones enjoyed a fairytale moment at the weekend as she was named best actress in a musical for her performance in A Little Night Music.

Visibly shocked to hear her name read out, the Welsh beauty compared herself to Cinderella as she made her way to the stage, appropriately dressed in a princess-style Versace gown.

Thanking her co-star, the "delicious and wonderful Angela Lansbury", the mum-of-two paid homage to her parents, who were in attendance, and to her husband Michael Douglas.

Pointing out the proud actor in the crowd, Catherine said: "See that man there? He's a movie star and I get to sleep with him every night!"

Meanwhile, another leading lady making a successful debut at the Tony Awards was Scarlett Johansson.

The 25-year-old beauty, striking in an emerald green gown, was presented her trophy for A View from a Bridge by Katie Holmes and returning stage star Daniel Radcliffe.

A dream come true for the actress, who revealed she had wanted to appear on Broadway ever since she was a little girl, Scarlett also thanked her husband, actor Ryan Reynolds.

"To my Canadian, whom I live with, Ryan, thank you for becoming a theatre widower with me," she said.

Also enjoying success on the night – musical highlights included performances by Glee's Lea Michele and rock band Green Day – was Oscar-winner Denzel Washington, who beat Jude Law and Alfred Molina to be given the best performance by a leading actor in a play award for his work in Fences.

His co-star Viola Davis was also honoured at the event, while Douglas Hodge scooped the best actor in a musical for his role in La Cage Aux Folles opposite Frasier's Kelsey Grammer.

And on a night that saw Memphis named best musical and Red collect the best play title, prolific British playwright Alan Ayckbourn accepted the lifetime achievement award.

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