06/10/2012 11:12 pm ET Updated Jun 11, 2012

James Corden Wins Best Actor In A Play At Tonys 2012, Despite Stiff Competition (VIDEO)

British actor James Corden, star and co-creator of the BBC comedy "Gavin and Stacey," bested some of Hollywood's most celebrated heavyweights at the Tony Awards Sunday night. Corden won best actor in a play for his role in the transatlantic hit "One Man, Two Guvnors," beating Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Death Of A Salesman"), James Earl Jones ("Gore Vidal's The Best Man"), Frank Langella ("Man and Boy") and John Lithgow ("The Columnist").

Corden, who also took the comparable category at last week's Drama Desk Awards, made a point of the quality of his competition in his acceptance speech Sunday night, calling Hoffman his favorite actor. He saved his most effusive praise though for his fiancee, Julia Carey, who he lovingly referred to as his "baby mama."

Watch James Corden's speech above.