Winner of Best Poerformance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical Nikki M. James speaks on stage during the 65th Annual Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2011 in New York City

*Critical and box-office darling “The Book of Mormon” won a leading nine trophies at the Tony Awards last night, including best musical, and best featured actress in a musical for star Nikki M. James.

“I didn’t expect to be standing here tonight and tried to write a speech and I feel silly,” James said in tears as she accepted the prize.

“Mormon” was the favorite to take home the night’s biggest crown thanks to a story and song that both poked fun and honored Broadway’s history.  The show follows two Mormon missionaries who find more than they bargain for in Uganda, including gun-toting warlords, whole villages infected with HIV and a running gag about maggots in a man’s scrotum.

The musical was written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of Comedy Central’s irreverent “South Park,” and Robert Lopez, co-creator of the equally irreverent Tony Award-winning musical “Avenue Q.”

“Trey and Matt don’t usually write a lot of girls into their work. I was really honored to be the only chick. They’re like my brothers,” James said of being in the mostly male production. She dedicated the award to her dad, who died while she was in high school, and to her nephew Ozzie, who was born with kidney problems.

“Mormon” beat out “Catch Me If You Can,” “The Scottsboro Boys” and “Sister Act.”

Meanwhile, Chris Rock, who presented the best musical award to “Mormon,” made it clear that his mind was elsewhere.

“If you told me … that I would miss the best basketball game ever to hang out with Nathan Lane I would have said you were crazy,” he told the audience.  Before reading the nominees, he quipped about “Mormon’s” Tony domination so far, saying: “We know what the best musical is — it’s like taking a hooker to dinner.”

“War Horse,” a World War I tale about horses told with wonderful puppetry, won five Tonys, including best play. The revival of Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking AIDS play “The Normal Heart” won three, as did the revival of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” with Sutton Foster, who won best actress in a musical.

Shows left empty-handed included “The Scottsboro Boys,” which had 12 nominations, “Sister Act,” “The Merchant of Venice,” and Chris Rock’s “The Motherf—- With the Hat.”

Nominees and recipients of the 65th Annual Tony Awards follow, with recipients marked with an asterisk.

Best Musical

*The Book of Mormon
Catch Me If You Can
The Scottsboro Boys
Sister Act

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

*Norbert Leo Butz, Catch Me If You Can
Josh Gad, The Book of Mormon
Joshua Henry, The Scottsboro Boys
Andrew Rannells, The Book of Mormon
Tony Sheldon, Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Brian Bedford, The Importance of Being Earnest
Bobby Cannavale, The Motherf**ker with the Hat
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Al Pacino, The Merchant of Venice
*Mark Rylance, Jerusalem

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

*Sutton Foster, Anything Goes
Beth Leavel, Baby It’s You!
Patina Miller, Sister Act
Donna Murphy, The People in the Picture

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Nina Arianda, Born Yesterday
*Frances McDormand, Good People
Lily Rabe, The Merchant of Venice
Vanessa Redgrave, Driving Miss Daisy
Hannah Yelland, Brief Encounter

Best Revival of a Musical

*Anything Goes
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Best Lighting Design of a Play

*Paule Constable, War Horse
David Lander, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Kenneth Posner, The Merchant of Venice
Mimi Jordan Sherin, Jerusalem

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Ken Billington, The Scottsboro Boys
Howell Binkley, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Peter Kaczorowski, Anything Goes
*Brian MacDevitt, The Book of Mormon

Best Play

Good People Author: David Lindsay-Abaire
Jerusalem Author: Jez Butterworth
The Motherf**ker with the Hat Author: Stephen Adly Guirgis
*War Horse Author: Nick Stafford

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Beowulf Boritt, The Scottsboro Boys
Derek McLane, Anything Goes
*Scott Pask, The Book of Mormon
Donyale Werle, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Best Revival of a Play

Arcadia
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Merchant of Venice
*The Normal Heart

Best Book of a Musical

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Alex Timbers
*The Book of Mormon Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone
The Scottsboro Boys David Thompson
Sister Act Cheri Steinkellner, Bill Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Todd Rosenthal, The Motherf**ker with the Hat
*Rae Smith, War Horse
Ultz, Jerusalem
Mark Wendland, The Merchant of Venice

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Colman Domingo, The Scottsboro Boys
Adam Godley, Anything Goes
*John Larroquette, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Forrest McClendon, The Scottsboro Boys
Rory O’Malley, The Book of Mormon

Best Costume Design of a Musical

*Tim Chappel & Lizzy Gardiner, Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Martin Pakledinaz, Anything Goes
Ann Roth, The Book of Mormon
Catherine Zuber, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Laura Benanti, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Tammy Blanchard, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Victoria Clark, Sister Act
*Nikki M. James, The Book of Mormon
Patti LuPone, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Best Costume Design of a Play

Jess Goldstein, The Merchant of Venice
*Desmond Heeley, The Importance of Being Earnest
Mark Thompson, La Bête
Catherine Zuber, Born Yesterday

Best Direction of a Play

*Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, War Horse
Joel Grey & George C. Wolfe, The Normal Heart
Anna D. Shapiro, The Motherf**ker with the Hat
Daniel Sullivan, The Merchant of Venice

Best Direction of a Musical

Rob Ashford, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes
*Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker, The Book of Mormon
Susan Stroman, The Scottsboro Boys

Best Sound Design of a Play

Acme Sound Partners & Cricket S. Myers, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Simon Baker, Brief Encounter
Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Jerusalem
*Christopher Shutt, War Horse

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Mackenzie Crook, Jerusalem
Billy Crudup, Arcadia
*John Benjamin Hickey, The Normal Heart
Arian Moayed, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Yul Vázquez, The Motherf**ker with the Hat

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Peter Hylenski, The Scottsboro Boys
Steve Canyon Kennedy, Catch Me If You Can
Brian Ronan, Anything Goes
*Brian Ronan, The Book of Mormon

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

*Ellen Barkin, The Normal Heart
Edie Falco, The House of Blue Leaves
Judith Light, Lombardi
Joanna Lumley, La Bête
Elizabeth Rodriguez, The Motherf**ker with the Hat

Best Choreography

Rob Ashford, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
*Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes
Casey Nicholaw, The Book of Mormon
Susan Stroman, The Scottsboro Boys

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

*The Book of Mormon
Music & Lyrics: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone

The Scottsboro Boys
Music & Lyrics: John Kander and Fred Ebb

Sister Act
Music: Alan Menken
Lyrics: Glenn Slater

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek

Best Orchestrations

Doug Besterman, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Larry Hochman, The Scottsboro Boys
*Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus, The Book of Mormon
Marc Shaiman & Larry Blank, Catch Me If You Can