James Corden has won a Best Actor award at the 66th annual Tony Awards, held yesterday in New York City.

James Corden accepts the Tony Award for Best Actor

James Corden accepts the Tony Award for Best Actor

The actor beat Philip Seymour Hoffman to win best actor in a play for his acclaimed performance in One Man, Two Guvnors, the National Theatre production directed by Nicholas Hytner.

The biggest winner of the night was musical Once, which scooped Best Musical and seven other awards including Best Director for John Tiffany. The bittersweet romantic comedy about two Dublin musicians falling in love started life in 2006 as a small independent film and has gone on to become a huge Broadway success.

Peter and the Starcatcher, a prequel to the classic Peter Pan story, won five Tonys, the most for any play, but was pipped to the Best Play post by Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, which added to its 2011 Pulitzer Prize and Olivier awards success.

Other winners of the night included Nina Arianda, who won best actress in a play for her sexy performance in Venus In Fur, beating British star Tracie Bennett for her turn as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow. Judith Light won best actress in a featured role in a play for Other Desert Cities.

The Best Director gong went to Mike Nichols for his direction of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. The veteran director and producer has won a total of 8 Tonys over his successful career.

Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess won best revival of a musical and Audra McDonald won best actress in a musical for her stirring performance as Bess. Judy Kaye and Michael McGrath took home awards for their featured roles in the comedy musical Nice Work If You Can Get It.

Hosted again by Neil Patrick Harris, presenters included Paul Rudd, Christopher Plummer and Angela Lansbury.

TONY AWARD 2012 WINNERS – See full list of winners 

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