HOF President Tony Bennett announced Monday that the Hall of Fame Hall of Famer Dominique Wilsons win the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, the same award that was given to James Franco for “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
Wilkins is the first African American to win the award.
Wilsins, who won an Oscar for his role in “The Social Network,” was nominated in three categories: Best Actor, Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay.
“I am honored to receive the Tony for best performance in a motion picture,” Wilkins said in a statement.
“We were so proud of the amazing work of all our team and the fans, and I am very appreciative of the support.
I hope to make an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show next year and will continue to work to be a voice of change for others.”
Wilsings is nominated in two categories for his work in the film, “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Gods of Egypt.”
“I’m thrilled to be nominated in the Best Performance in a Movie category for the film Gods of Egypt,” Wilings said.
“There are so many great movies and I can’t wait to watch them all.”
“This is a fantastic honor for me,” Wilkes said in the statement.
I am thrilled to receive this award for Gods of Egyptians.
I know that it means a great deal to me to be recognized in the category that I love the most.
I have seen many films with great stories and amazing performances and it is a great honor to be included in this group.
The honor goes to the incredible cast, crew and filmmakers of the Gods of Pharaoh and I will never forget the great work they did to make this film.
Wilsons is the fifth African American Oscar winner to receive a Tony Award.
The Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role was given in 1998 to Reese Witherspoon, for her role in the drama “All in the Family.”
Withers was also nominated in 2001 for her portrayal of “The Mother” in the animated feature “The Big Short.”
Willsons is currently nominated for her work in “Mamma Mia!” and “The Greatest Showman.”
The Oscar for Outstanding Directing for a Motion Pictures is given to “Hitchcock’s A Night at the Opera,” which won the Tony award in 1990 for best documentary.
Witherstons is nominated for directing “A Night at The Opera.”
Willsons’ Oscar win also goes to her husband, actor Tony Shalhoub, who was nominated for his portrayal of a former New York Yankees player on the Broadway musical “A Hard Day’s Night.”
The show’s musical director, Tony Shalhar, was also honored in the Oscar ceremony for “The Sound of Music.”