The 70th annual edition of the Tony Awards on June 12 will be hosted by James Corden, who ticks two boxes: he has a late-night talker on long-time awardscaster CBS and is a past Tony champ. This British import first came to the rialto back in 2006 as part of the ensemble of the Best Play winner “The History Boys.” He returned in 2012 as the star of the smash hit laffer “One Man, Two Guvnors.” Corden pulled off an upset in the Best Actor (Play) race, defeating Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (“Capote”) who headlined Mike Nichols‘ acclaimed revival of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.”
The Tony Awards kudocast is a perennial Emmy nominee in the Special Class category. With the elimination of the individual variety performance category in 2009, hosts of awards shows now share in this award. Neil Patrick Harris collected Emmys for all four of his Tonycasts (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013), beating out, among others, the Oscar ceremonies.