What do Philip Seymour Hoffman, James Earl Jones, Frank Langella and John Lithgow have in common? They all lost out to James Corden at this year’s Tony Awards.
The four acclaimed US actors looked visibly surprised as Corden’s name was read out at last night’s awards, which celebrate the best of the year in Broadway theatre.
Gavin & Stacey star Corden won in the (deep breath) Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for his frenetically slapstick, verbally gymnastic role as Francis Henshall, a man caught between two demanding bosses, each unaware that he works for the other.
In an emotional acceptance speech, Corden said he was honoured to appear alongside his fellow nominees.
“John Lithgow and James Earl Jones and Frank Langella – and my favourite actor in the world, Philip Seymour Hoffman – to be on a list with you was enough, and holding this [award] honestly just reminds me there is no such thing as ‘best’. Honestly, I am overwhelmed,” said Corden.
The British actor also thanked Julia Carey, the mother of his two month-old son, for her support.
“My girlfriend Julia gave birth to our son, like, five days before we started rehearsals,” Corden said. “She’s my baby mama, and I can’t wait to marry her. Seriously, I would not be holding this if it wasn’t for her.”
Meanwhile, Fellow Brit John Tiffany was named best director for his work on Once, a musical adaptation of a 2006 independent film, which took home a total of eight awards.
Watch James Corden’s acceptance speech below.