Awards Kevin Spacey to Host 2017 Tony Awards Along with his work in award-winning work in film and television, Spacey also has a strong theater background By Jodi Guglielmi Jodi Guglielmi Instagram Twitter Writer-Reporter, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on April 18, 2017 01:38 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty And the 2017 Tonys host is … Kevin Spacey! The House of Cards star has been tapped to emcee the 71st annual Broadway awards ceremony. “I was their 2nd choice for Usual Suspects, 4th choice for America Beauty and 15th choice to host this year’s Tony Awards. I think my career is definitely going in the right direction,” joked Spacey in a statement. “Maybe I can get shortlisted to host the Oscars if everyone else turns it down.” RELATED VIDEO: Robin Wright Demanded the Same Pay as Kevin Spacey for ‘House of Cards’ and Got It! Along with his award-winning work in film and television, Spacey also has a strong theater background: He won a Tony in 1991 for Best Supporting Actor in Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers. He has also starred in the Broadway and West End productions of Long Day’s Journey into Night and Richard III. The 71st annual Tony Awards will air live June 11 on CBS from New York’s Radio City Music Hall.