Tony Award Winners Told No PDA?

Kim Conte

Last night's Tony Award winners included Scarlett Johansson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Katie Finneran. We saw the stars looking glamorous and giving amazing acceptance speeches, but one thing was noticeably absent from the award show: any affection between them and their significant others.

As you can see in the video, Zeta-Jones did an odd tugging-action on husband Michael Douglas' hand (instead of the typical hug/kiss) when it was announced that she won the award for "Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical."

Johansson also got in on the awkwardness when she won her award -- giving her husband Ryan Reynolds a chilly one-armed hug-pat. (Some blogs later speculated that the couple is having problems -- a ridiculous rumor if you listened to Johansson's moving mention of him in her speech.)

Even Finneran, who got engaged to her beau, Darren Goldstein, last week, kept the PDA to a minimum.

So why are all the winners acting platonic toward their significant others?

The short answer is simple: The Tonys' producers explicitly told winners to save hugs and kisses for after their speech because time was tight and they only had 1 minute and 30 seconds to be on stage.

But some blogs, including Hollywood Life, wonder if there's more to the story -- that perhaps CBS implemented this "rule" so that it wouldn't have to broadcast same-sex hugs and kisses. It's a harsh criticism but not necessarily a bogus one: After all, CBS' series lacked a single gay or bisexual character, according to a 2009 study by GLAAD.

Still, I can't see the Broadway community going along with such an intolerant rule ...

What do you think? Was the lack of PDA at the Tonys a coincidence? Or was something else going on?

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