British actor James Corden has landed himself a Best Leading Actor Tony Award, and the humble star couldn’t have been anymore emotional during his acceptance speech.
There was not a dry eye in the house, as Cordon tearfully accepted his award, with a look of shock and awe on his face. Talking of the other nominee’s in his category he said
“To be on a list with you was enough, and holding this honestly just reminds me there is no such thing as best. Honestly, I am overwhelmed”.
Corden was honoured for his role in One Man, Two Guvnors, which transferred from the West End to Broadway earlier this year. He beat the favourite, Philip Seymour Hoffman in Death of a Salesman. Cordon ended his speech with an emotional tribute to his fiancé Julia Carey, who gave birth to the couple’s son, just days before the rehearsals for One Man, Two Guvnors, began, saying
“My girlfriend Julia gave birth to our son like, five days before we started rehearsals. 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. She makes me say “us” instead of “I” and “we” instead of “me”, and I love her. Thank you very much.”
Julia was clearly moved by Cordons speech, with the camera catching her wipe away a tear, and a smile which had pride written all over it. Backstage, he described his competition – Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Lithgow, Frank Langella and James Earl Jones – “as four of the finest actors alive”.