Helen Mirren wins her first Tony Award

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Now just a "G" away from an EGOT, Helen Mirren walked away from the 69th Tony Awards with the prize for best performance by an actress in a leading role in a play for her part in "The Audience."

"The foundation upon which I stand is built — beautifully built — by an elegant and fleet play by Peter Morgan, an elegant and theatrical production by Stephen Daldry, an elegant and imaginative set by Bob Crowley, the great Bob Crowley, a stage management team — who is certainly not elegant — and crew who is stupendous. A dresser who is a rock, producers who rock and of course, an incredible cast of British and American actors who make the Atlantic look like a little creak you can just hop across," the actress says while accepting her award.

It isn't the first major award Mirren has won for playing Queen Elizabeth II — she took home an Oscar for playing the same role in 2006 in "The Queen."

Mirren beat out the rest of a high-profile category of Geneva Carr ("Hand to God"), Elizabeth Moss ("The Heidi Chronicles"), Carey Mulligan ("Skylight") and Ruth Wilson ("Constellations") to take the prize. Shortly after she won, it was announced that her co-star Richard McCabe won the award for best performance by an actor in a featured role in a play.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Helen Mirren, winner of the award for Best Lead Actress in a Play for 'The Audience,' poses in the press room during the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Helen Mirren accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for “The Audience” onstage during the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
"House Full" sign for The Audience with Helen Mirren at Gielgud Theatre, London
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Dame Helen Mirren (C) bows at the curtain call during the press night performance of 'The Audience' at the Gielgud Theatre on March 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Dame Helen Mirren bows at the curtain call during the press night performance of 'The Audience' at the Gielgud Theatre on March 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Dame Helen Mirren attends an after party following the press night performance of 'The Audience' at One Whitehall Place on March 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 09: Dame Helen Mirren sighting leaving the Geilgud Theatre following her performance in The Audience on May 9, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Chapman/FilmMagic)
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