Tony Awards 2012: James Corden chokes back tears as he scoops Best Actor gong


'I can't wait to marry her': James Corden chokes back tears as he thanks fianc after scooping Best Actor gong at Tony Awards

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09:12 GMT, 11 June 2012

James Corden led the winners at the Tony Awards tonight as he scooped the gong for Best Leading Actor in a Play.

The 33-year-old beat out a host of other Broadway stars to win the accolade for his efforts in One Man, Two Guvnors.

And the one person James was most excited to thank as he took to the stage was fianc Julia Carey.

Scroll down to watch James Corden's acceptance speech

Brit invasion: James Corden scooped the Best Leading Actor in a Play gong at the Tony Awards

Brit invasion: James Corden scooped the Best Leading Actor in a Play gong at the Tony Awards

Welling up, James said: '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.'

He tearfully added: 'She makes me say “us” instead of “I” and “we” instead of “me”, and I love her. Thank you very much.'

Welling up: James tearfully thanked fiance Julia Carey as he took to the stage to accept his award

Welling up: James tearfully thanked fiance Julia Carey as he took to the stage to accept his award

Welling up: James tearfully thanked fiance Julia Carey as he took to the stage to accept his award

Moved to tears: Julia Carey wiped away a tear as James Corden makes his emotional acceptance speech

Moved to tears: Julia Carey wiped away a tear as James Corden makes his emotional acceptance speech

Happy couple: James Corden said his fianc made him think in terms of 'we' instead of 'I'

Happy couple: James Corden said his fianc made him think in terms of 'we' instead of 'I'

Winner: James scooped the gong for his role in One Man, Two Guvnors

Winner: James scooped the gong for his role in One Man, Two Guvnors

Special performance: James performed a scene from the hit play during the awards ceremony

Special performance: James performed a scene from the hit play during the awards ceremony

Best actors: James posed up with Best Leading Actor in a Musical winner Steve Kazee

Best actors: James posed up with Best Leading Actor in a Musical winner Steve Kazee

James battled competition from
the legendary Philip Seymour Hoffman (Death of a Salesman), James Earl
Jones (The Best Man), Frank Langella (Man And Boy) and John Lithgow (The
Columnist).

He told his fellow nominees: 'To be on a list with you was enough. I am overwhelmed.'

The nod is particularly special for
the British star, considering
the prestigious prize usually recognises American talent by rewarding
achievements on Broadway.

Another Brit took home a trophy as John Tiffany won Best Direction of a Musical for Once.

Overwhelmed: Hugh Jackman received a special Tony for his contribution to Broadway and his charity work

Overwhelmed: Hugh Jackman received a special Tony for his contribution to Broadway and his charity work

How sweet: Hugh said it was the first time his wife Deborra-Lee Furness had managed to keep a secret

How sweet: Hugh said it was the first time his wife Deborra-Lee Furness had managed to keep a secret

Showing off his skills: Matthew Broderick also performed a segment from Nice Work if You Can Get It during the star-studded ceremony

Showing off his skills: Matthew Broderick also performed a segment from Nice Work if You Can Get It during the star-studded ceremony

The Best Play award went to Clybourne Park, while the title of Best Leading Actress in a Play went to Nina Arianda for Venus in Fur.

Meanwhile the Best Leading Actor in a
Musical gong went to Steve Kazee for Once and Audra McDonald took home
the award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for The Gershwins'
Porgy and Bess.

Hugh
Jackman was honoured at the ceremony with a special Tony for his
contribution to the Broadway community and for his charity work, which
was presented to him by his wife Deborra-Lee Furness.

Guest appearance: Ricky Martin performed a number from Evita alongside co-star Elena Roger

Guest appearance: Ricky Martin performed a number from Evita alongside co-star Elena Roger

Brave face: Sheryl Crow looked lovely in a lacy gown as she made her first public appearance since revealing she has a brain tumour

Brave face: Sheryl Crow looked lovely in a lacy gown as she made her first public appearance since revealing she has a brain tumour

A treat for the audience: Amanda Seyfried took part in a skit alongside host Neil Patrick Harris

A treat for the audience: Amanda Seyfried took part in a skit alongside host Neil Patrick Harris

He appeared overwhelmed by the nod
and said: 'She’s never kept a secret her entire life. [She said] “I'm
off to the loo,” and I was like, “OK, see you in a bit.”'

The star-studded event was hosted by
Neil Patrick Harris and saw special appearances by a host of celebrities
including Amanda Seyfried, Angela Lansbury, Jim Parsons and Ricky Martin.

And other stars, such as Nick Jonas, Jessica Chastain and Christopher Plummer, were on hand to present the awards.

Sheryl Crow, Angela Lansbury and Matthew Broderick also took to the stage.

Dazzling: Jessica Chastain lit up the stage as she presented an award during the ceremony

Dazzling: Jessica Chastain lit up the stage as she presented an award during the ceremony

Suited and booted: Christopher Plummer and Paul Rudd both looked very suave in their tuxedos

Suited and booted: Christopher Plummer and Paul Rudd both looked very suave in their tuxedos

Suited and booted: Christopher Plummer and Paul Rudd both looked very suave in their tuxedos

James previously starred in One Man, Two Guvnors at the National Theatre, before crossing the Atlantic.

He has also taken to the stage for the role of Timms in The History Boys – which again took him to
Broadway in 2007 after his stint at the National on home turf.

James will no doubt be humbled by the title, especially as he was honoured simply to be nominated.

A different approach: American Theatre Wing Chairman of the Board and President Ted Chapin and actress Angela Lansbury sang onstage together

A different approach: American Theatre Wing Chairman of the Board and President Ted Chapin and actress Angela Lansbury sang onstage together

Men of the moment: Nick Jonas, Matthew Morrison and Jim Parsons all appeared on stage

Men of the moment: Nick Jonas, Matthew Morrison and Jim Parsons all appeared on stage

Men of the moment: Nick Jonas, Matthew Morrison and Jim Parsons all appeared on stage

Men of the moment: Nick Jonas, Matthew Morrison and Jim Parsons all appeared on stage

Dressed to the nines: Josh Groban (L) and James Marsden made sure they were looking picture perfect for the evening

Dressed to the nines: Josh Groban (L) and James Marsden made sure they were looking picture perfect for the evening

Dressed to the nines: Josh Groban (L) and James Marsden made sure they were looking picture perfect for the evening

The father of one was overwhelmed with
support from his fans upon the announcement that he was a nominee.

At the time he tweeted to his two million followers: 'Thanks
for your messages about the Tony nomination. You're very lovely. X'

One Man, Two Guvnors is an English adaptation of an Italian production, re-worked by Richard Bean.

The play replaces the period Italian setting from two decades previously with Brighton in 1963.

Taking the stage: Harvey Fierstein and Tracie Bennett both performed at the event

Taking the stage: Harvey Fierstein and Tracie Bennett both performed at the event

Taking the stage: Harvey Fierstein and Tracie Bennett both performed at the event

Taking home a trophy: The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess scooped an award and the cast performed on stage

Taking home a trophy: The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess scooped an award and the cast performed on stage

THE TONY AWARDS 2012: FULL LIST OF WINNERS

Best Play: Clybourne Park

Best Musical: Once

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

Best Revival of a Play: Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

Best Revival of a Musical: The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: James Corden, One Man, Two Guvnors

Best Performance by an Actress in Leading Role in a Play: Nina Arianda, Venus in Fur

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Steve Kazee, Once

Best Performance by an Actress in a
Leading Role in a Musical: Audra McDonald, The
Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

Best Book of a Musical: Once

Best
Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Christian Borle,
Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Performance by
an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Judith Light, Other Desert
Cities

Best Performance by an Actor
in a Featured Role in a Musical: Michael McGrath, Nice Work If You Can Get It

Best Performance by an Actress in
a Featured Role in a Musical: Judy Kaye, Nice Work If You Can Get It


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