In what might be considered to be the upset of the night, considering his heavy-duty competition, James Corden took home a Tony for best actor in a play Sunday for his starring role in “One Man, Two Guvnors.”
Corden, best known to most Americans as Smithy in “Gavin & Stacey” but also an original Broadway cast member of “The History Boys” in 2007, bested competition such as Philip Seymour Hoffman (“Death Of A Salesman”), James Earl Jones (“Gore Vidal’s The Best Man”), Frank Langella (“Man and Boy”) and John Lithgow (“The Columnist”).
“John Lithgow and James Earl Jones and Frank Langella – and my favorite actor in the world, Philip Seymour Hoffman – to be on a list with you was enough, and holding this honestly just reminds me there is no such thing as ‘best,’” Corden said in his acceptance speech. “Honestly, I am overwhelmed.”
He was also nominated for an Olivier Award for his West End stint in the show, but lost out to Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in Frankenstein.
Corden also thanked his fiancee’ Julia Carey, who he had his first child with last year. Sadly for those of us who haven’t seen him on Broadway yet, he’s scheduled to leave the show in September to marry Carey and to work on a new BBC comedy.
Here is video of Corden’s acceptance speech: