Watch Ruthie Ann Miles’s Incredibly Witty Tony Awards Acceptance Speech

By Sameer Rao Jun 08, 2015

At the 69th Tony Awards, which took place Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall, Ruthie Ann Miles received the award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for her Broadway debut as Lady Thiang in the Lincoln Center Theatre’s revival of Roger and Hammerstein’s The King and I. 

The half-Korean actress was previously well-known for a starring turn as Imelda Marcos, the infamous wife of ousted Phillipines President Ferdinand Marcos, in David Byrne’s off-Broadway production of Here Lies Love. Miles won Theatre World and Lucille Lortell awards for that performance. 

The King and I won four other awards at the ceremony. Lead Actor Ken Watanabe, who played the King of Siam, was nominated in the category of Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. 

Check out a video of Miles’s emotional and witty acceptance speech, read off of her iPhone, above. 

H/t to Angry Asian Man, who alerted us to this story.