The Man of Steel star landed the Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play prize, while two-time Academy Award winner Jessica won the Best Actress in a Play gong for their respective roles in Eugene O'Neill's iconic drama Long Day's Journey Into Night.

Other big name winners at the prizegiving, which honours productions stage both in New York theatre district Broadway and at other Manhattan venues, included Jane Krakowski, who was named Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in She Loves You. Meanwhile Jesse Tyler Ferguson took home the Outstanding Solo Performance prize for his comedy Fully Committed and comedian turned sonwriter Steve Martin won the Outstanding Music Award alongside Edie Brickell for their collaboration on the musical Bright Star.

The awards ceremony is usually seen as a useful predictor of the plays and stars likely to win at the Tony Awards, held next Sunday (12Jun16).

However that may not be the case this year (16), as the production expected to take home the top prizes at the Tony Awards, Lin-Manuel Miranda's historical hip hop musical Hamilton, which is nominated in 16 categories, was not eligible for this year's Drama Desk Awards.

It was the big winner at last year's (15) ceremony, taking home seven prizes for its Off-Broadway run at New York's The Public Theater.

In Hamilton's absence, the awards were more spread out than in 2015, with the musicals She Loves You and Shuffle Along the top winners with four awards each.

Other winners at Sunday's Drama Desk Awards included veteran actor Frank Langella, who was named Best Actor in a Play for The Father, Danny Burstein who won Best Actor in a Musical for Fiddler on the Roof, and Cynthia Erivo, who won the Best Actress in a Musical prize for The Color Purple.

Family drama The Humans won the Outstanding Play award and Shuffle Along won the Outstanding Musical prize.