Drama League Award nomination

I was nominated for the Drama League's Perfomance of Distinction award for my performance in Cabaret.

Emmy award nomination

For my voice work as Sebastian Winkleplotz on the popular PBS series Arthur, I was nominated  for an Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Emmy


Human Rights Award

The Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club awarded me with the Human Rights Award for support of progressive politics and my work in the LGBT community. 

Here I am with fellow honoree Billy Porter 

AmfAR Award of Courage

My lovely chum Liza Minnelli presented me with the AmfAR Award of Courage at their Inspiration Gala at the Plaza Hotel in NYC.

You can see my speech here

Made In NY award

I was given a Made in NY award by Mayor Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion. 


CATS award

I won the CATS (Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland) Best Male Performance award for Macbeth when it was originally mounted by the National Theatre of Scotland at the Tramway in Glasgow

Broadwayworld.com Best Actor award

I was voted by the public Best Leading Actor for Macbeth.  We also won Best Revival, Best Director(s)of A Play an Best Sound Design.

Broadway.com Audience Choice award

I won the Broadway.com Audience Choice award for Favourite Actor in a Play for Macbeth. We also won Best Revival of a Play

The people have spoken!


United Solo/Drama League nominations

For my performance in Macbeth I was nominated for the Drama League Distinguished Performance award and for their annual UAward by United Solo


Bailey House Arts & Legacy Award

I was honoured by Bailey House at the 30th anniversary gala with their Arts & Legacy award.  The lovely Wendy Williams presented me with it.

Dorian/Gaybie Award Nominations


I was nominated for a Dorian Award for Film Performance Of The Year for my portrayal of Rudy in Any Day Now by The Gay And Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association!  They also nominated Any Day Now for LGBT Film Of The Year

And TLA nominated myself as Best actor in a Gay themed Movie and Any Day Now for their 2013 Gaybie awards



2012 AudioFile Awards

I was named AudioFile's Best Voice of the Year award for Macbeth! 

Also, Bram Stoker's Dracula won AudioFile's Best Audiobook of the Year 2012!


Golden Key Award

I won the Golden Key Award at the Key West Film Festival for my role as Rudy in Any Day Now!


Great Scot 2012 Nomination

For my contribution to film, I was nominated for a 2012 Great Scot Award.

Napa FF Spotlight/Best Actor awards

At the Napa Valley film festival Any Day Now won the audience award for Best Feature, and I won the Mount Veeder Peak Performance Prize for Favorite Actor or actress.  The best thing about this award, aside from it helping with the push towards the movie's release was that I got 24 bottles of amazing Napa Valley wine!!

Earlier at the festival I was honored with the Spotlight Tribute award, hosted by Billy Bush.

Earphone Award

Audiofile Magazine gave me their Earphone Award for my reading of Macbeth, released  by Simon and Shuster.


Making A Difference Award

I was so honoured to go to Denver to receive the 2012 Making A Difference Award from the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Matt's mum, Judy Shepard, presented me with the award and I was surprised and overwhelmed by the comments she read out, collected from my family and closest friends.

The award recognizes individuals and organizations for their unwavering and longstanding leadership in working towards a world free of hate


Crime Thriller Awards nomination

I was nominated for The Good Wife in the Best Supporting Actor category of the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2012

Outfest Grand Jury Best Actor Award

I won the Best Actor Award at Outfest, LA's LGBT film festival for Any Day Now. The film also won the Audience Award



SIFF Best Actor Award

I won the Best Actor Award at the Seattle International Film Festival for my portrayal of Rudy in Any Day Now! 

Also, Any Day Now won the Golden Space Needle Audience Award for best film, as well winning the audience award at The Provincetown Film Festival and The TriBeCa Film Festival. 

Live Out Loud Star Award

I was honored with the Live Out Loud Star Award which is given to individuals who have helped Live Out Loud empower LGBT youth!

Screen Actors' Guild award nomination

I was nominated with The Good Wife cast in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series category at the 2012 SAG awards




Excellence in Acting Award

The Denver Film Festival gave me their Excellence in Acting Award

Fleshbot award

I won a Fleshbot award for Sexiest fashion for my sex positivity in my Cumming The Fragrance campaign. Here I am larking about with the award afterwards with my pal, Murray Hill.

Emmy Award nomination

I was nominated Best Supporting Actor for my performance as Eli Gold in Season Two of The Good Wife. My outfit caused a stir.

Critics' Choice TV awards nomination

I was nominated for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series doe The Good Wife at the inaugural Crititcs’ Choice Television awards.  I attended the ceremony at The Beverly Hills Hotel in LA. I didn’t win but I was on hand to receive Julianna’s award for Lead actress in a Drama Series. 

In order to attend I had to first get my wig on for the last day of shooting on the movie Famlee that I had been working on. Hence my rather odd appearance in this picture.


Earphones Award

I won the Audiofile Magazines Earphones Award for reading Zoorgamazoo! 

Johnnie Walker Great Scot nomination

I wasnominated for the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Great scot award for my outstanding contribution to charity.

Audie Award

I won the 2011 Audie Award from the Audio Publishers Association. Audie Award in the Solo Narration - Male category for my reading of Robert Paul Weston's Zorgamazoo. You can hear a clip of it here.

Screen Actors' Guild award nomination

I was nominated with The Good Wife cast in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series category at the 2011 SAG awards.


Best of Cabaret by Time Out New York

I Bought A Blue Car Today at Feinstein's was included in Time Out New York's Top 10 Best of Cabaret.  (I was actually No.2, only to be topped by my friend Bridget Everett.)

Satellite Award nomination

The International Press Academy nominated me best Supporting TV actor for my performance as Eli Gold in The Good Wife

Artistic Achievement Award

Michael Kutza, Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival presented me with the Artistic Achievement Award as part of the Festival’s OUTrageous program, which celebrates contributions to LGBT film

Task Force Leadership Award

I headed down to Miami to recieve the Task Force Leadership Award.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force recognizes the leadership and contributions of individuals who have made significant contributions to the progressive movement in general and the fight for equality for LGBT people specifically

Point Foundation Courage Award

I went to LA to receive the Point Foundation Courage award.

In my speech I talked about how I didn't feel I was courageous.  I feel I just live my life and tell my story. But I do understand that I have some power. So, with the help of my Point Foundation mentee (I became one of their mentors after attending an event in NYC), we coined the phrase 'responisble use of power' and that is the spirit in which I accepted the award!

Here I am with the Point scholars at the award ceremony in LA.

Emmy award nomination

I was nominated for my performance in The Good Wife in the Outstanding Guest Star in a Drama category. I lost to the lovely John Lithgow.

State of California Proclamation

After my performance of I Bought A Blue Car Today at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco I was given a Proclamation from the State of California.

Congratulations and welcome to the Castro Theatre as you bring us your highly acclaimed hit show 'Alan Cumming: I Bought a Blue Car Today!' I commend your many successes on the stage, screen and television as you continue to share your wit and charm with your audiences. I further commend your selfless commitment to raising funds and awareness for issues impacting the LGBTQ community. It is through the efforts of individuals such as you that the future becomes brighter for all. Congratulations and thank you!

-Mark Leno-Senator, 3rd District, July 10th, 2010

Theater Offensive Keep The Faith Award

Theater Offensive, the theater company that specialises in queer culture and politics based in Boston, honored me with their inaugural Out On The Edge Award for my impact on LGBT culture through bold artistry and leadership.

Sadly I wasn't able to go and get it due to work committments but the lovely Christian Sirriano went in my stead and I made this video to be played on the evening.


Bistro Award

For my album I Bought A Blue Car Today, I received the 2010 Bistro Award for Outstanding Recording.  Also being honored that night were Elaine Stritch and Mitzi Gaynor, so I was in pretty legendary company!


Johnnie Walker Great Scot nomination

Johnnie Walker Blue Label nominated me for their Great Scot Award 2010 for my outstanding contribution to film


SX Best cabaret

SX Magazine ins Australia voted I Bought A Blue Car Today Best Cabaret of the year.

Whatsonstage.com award nomination

The Whatsonstage.com awards nominated me for best Solo Performance award for I Bought A Blue Car Today at the Vaudeville Theatre in London.

Scottish Style awards nomination

I was nominated Most Stylish Male in the Scottish Style Awards.



I was included in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in July 2009. Here's the actual citiation:

O.B.E. : Alan Cumming. Actor, Producer and Presenter. For services to film, theatre and the arts and to activism for equal rights for the gay and lesbian community, USA.

And here's the statement I made:

I am really shocked and delighted to receive this honour. I am especially happy to be honoured for my activism as much as for my work. 

The fight for equality for the LGBT community in the US is something I am very passionate about, and I see this honour as encouragement to go on fighting for what I believe is right and for what I take for granted as a UK citizen. Thank you to the Queen and those who make up her Birthday honours list for bringing attention to the inaction of the US government on this issue. It makes me very proud to be British, and galvanised as an American.

Great Scot Award

The National Trust for Scotland gave me their Great Scot award at the Celebration of Scottish Treasures Gala in NYC on April 15th. My mum presented me with the award.

DC Pflag Choice Award

Pflag (Parents, family and friends of lesbians and gays) is a great organisation that counsels, educates and supports everyone who needs it.  I think they're especially useful for families to consult when they have a son or daughter who is coming out. Anyway, their Washington D.C. branch very kindly gave me an award for my work and support of the LGBT community.


Anti Violence Project Courage Award

On Monday, October 27, 2008 I was presented with a Courage Award from the Anti-Violence Project.  The award was given to me by Ana Matronic of the Scissor Sisters

The Courage Awards honor those who have made a tremendous impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual (LGBT) and HIV-affected people in New York City and across the nation, and who are in many ways, reflective of the mission and spirit of the Anti-Violence Project's service to the Community.

Here I am on the night of the awards holding my contribution to their really great ad campaign.



The Trevor Project Hero Award

The Trevor Project is a non-profit organization that operates the nation’s only around-the-clock suicide prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth. On June 30, 2008 at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in NYC they gave me their Trevor Project Hero Award which honors an individual who, through his or her
example, support, volunteerism and/or occupation, is an inspiration to gay and questioning youth.




Big Apple award

On the same evening as the NYC premiere of Tin Man I was presented with the Big Apple Film Festival Golden Apple Award for honorary achievment.

'The Golden Apple Award is presented each year to an outstanding member of the New York City film community. As a New York City resident, Mr. Cumming has played an influential role in the growth of independent filmmaking in the Big Apple, throughout the nation and around the world'

Maverick Award

The Santa Fe Film Festival gave me their Maverick Award for career achievement and, well, for being a maverick. They screened both Suffering Man's Charity and The Anniversary Party.  Also I gave an award to Carol Littleton and John Bailey, who were the editor and director of photography respectively of The Anniversary Party.

The picture shows me hanging out backstage at the awards ceremony with Alan Arkin.

Lambda Liberty Award

In October I went to LA to receive  for Lambda Liberty Award for my 'distinguished career and as an LGBT activist and champion for civil marriage equality'.

Lambda is a really great organisation that helps the LGBT community with legal matters as well as campaigning for chnages to the law to give us equality


Tribute Award

The Barcelona Gay and Lesbian Film Festival screened Suffering Man's Charity (now known as Ghost Writer) and gave me a tribute award for my body of work.






Herald ArcAngel Award

These awards are given by Scottish newspaper, The Herald, and I got mine both for my performance as Dionysus in the National Theatre of Scotland's production of The Bacchae at the 2007 Edinburgh International Festival, but also my contribution to festivals pasts, including the years i performed there as part of the cabaret duo Victor and Barry.

All the Bacchae girls came along to cheer me on and my Mum came down to Edinburgh too.








Excellence In Acting Award

The Provincetown International Film Festival gave me the Excellence in Acting Award. It is a really fun festival. I first went there with The Anniversary Party in 2001, and it was great to be back.

Kathleen Turner and Todd Solondz received awards too, and the lovely John Waters was there to add to the fun.

Birmingham SHOUT Beacon Award

Ghost Writer, or Suffering Man's Charity as it was called in those days was playing at SHOUT, the gay and lesbian film festival in Birminham, Alabama and they very kindly gave me their inaugural Beacon Award, for increasing the visibility of LGBT characters and issues in popular media.


The Copper Wing Tribute Award

I attended the Phoenix Film Festival with Dori Berinstein, the director of Show Business: the Road to Broadway, in which I appear and co-produce. I also of course attended because they gave me the Copper Wing Tribute Award for my contirbution to Independent Cinema!

Past winners include John Waters, John Landis, Peter Fonda, Kevin Bacon, Robert Wagner and Laurence Fishburne.











Independent Spirit Award

At the 2007 Film independent Spirit Awards, I, along with my fellow producers Ali Selim and Jim Bigham, received the Best First Feature award for Sweet Land

We were presented with the award by America Ferrera and Zach Braff. Winning this award was a complete surprise and incredibly satisfying because this movie was a huge labour of love for all of us. It confounded all expectations in the way it was distributed and how well it did at the box office. It really was a great feeling to win for a movie that I believed in so much.




Theatregoer's Choice award nomination

For my performance as Max in Bent at Trafalgar Studios, London, I was nominated for a Theatregoer's Choice Best Actor award

Honourary Doctorate of Arts

The University of Abertay, Dundee gave me an Honourary Doctorate of Arts for my contribution to film, theatre and televison and for my campaigning in the field of HIV/AIDS education and awareness.

I am a doctor finally! Here I am with fellow doctor, Muriel Grey.

The Elizabeth Birch Equality Award

I got 2 shows off from Bent in London so I could fly to Dallas to receive The Elizabeth Birch Equality Award  from the Human Rights Campaign at the Dallas-Fort Worth Black Tie Dinner. The Elizabeth Birch Equality Award is given annually to an individual, corporation or organization that has made a significant national contribution to lesbian and gay equality.

LIGALY award

I flew back to the States from London, where I was rehearsing Bent to be honoured by LIGALY  (Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth) at their On The Bay summer event in Bellport. The brilliant playwright Terence McNally presented me with the award.

LIGALY is a great organistaion that goes into schools and provides servies to support LGBT youth on Long Island, so I was really happy to be given an award for my work by an organisation that I admire so much.

Drama League honor

For my performance as Mac the Knife in The Threepenny Opera, I was honoured by the Drama League of NYC at their annual luncheon.

I also hosted the event.

Birkner Humanitarian Award

I attended the Sedona Film Festival with Ali Selim and our film Sweet Land, and was given the Birkner Humanitarian Award for my work in combating discrimination and fighting for equal rights.


GLAAD Vito Russo Award

I was really honoured to receive the The Vito Russo Award at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York in March.

The award is presented to an openly gay or lesbian member of the entertainment or media community for outstanding contributions toward eliminating homophobia.



The HRC Humanitarian Award

In July I went to San Francisco to receive the HRC Humanitarian Award.  Wilson Cruz gave it to me and made a wonderful speech. Here's what I said...


California State Board of Equalization

I was recognized by the California State Board of Equalization for my 'contributions in the theatre and literary arts' and my 'generous commitment to promoting the causes of the international LGBT community, including marriage equality and AIDS research.'


Icon of Scotland

I was named Icon of Scotland by Scotland magazine, in a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in NYC.

The Icon of Scotland Award celebrates individuals and organizations who have served as ambassadors, both formally and informally, showcasing the artistic and cultural wealth of Scotland. Past award recipients include: Ewan McGregor, Spirit of Scotland; Pringle of Scotland, Scottish Inspiration and The Balmoral, Scottish Food and Drink


Newfest Trailblazer award

I was given the Trailblazer award from Newfest, the New York LGBT film festival.

Here I am with festival director, Basil Tsiokos.


Bailey House key award

I was given another Bailey House award for my contribution towards making a difference in the struggle against AIDS, this time a 20 for 20 Key Award which was given to twenty people to celebrate Bailey House's twenty years anniversary.

Artistic Achievement Award

The Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival gave me an artistic achievement award. I remember watching the reel of clips of lots of my films from behind the screen as I waiting to go onstage and I felt like I was hiding in the wings at my own memorial service!

Civil Rights Award

David Patterson, the then Senate Democratic leader for the state of New York gave me a Special Civil Rights Award for exemplary leadership, commitment and advocacy on behalf of the LGBT community and all New Yorkers



Bailey House Key Award

Bailey House gave me a Key Award for my support of the organization's work in battling HIV/AIDS and helping homeless people living with the disease.

Here I am with the lovely Diane Sawyer, who was also at the ceremony.

Hatter's Ball Award


The Creative Arts program of the Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York City gave me their Hatter's Ball Award.

At the last minute I wasn't able to attend and so Kevin Kline accepted on my behalf, holding a photo of me in front of his face and pretending to be me!



National Board of Review award

I received a National Board of Review award for being part of the Best Ensemble in a movie for Nicholas Nickelby.  Myself, Nathan Lane and Christopher Plummer accepted the award on behalf of the rest of the cast.


Prism award

'In recognition of an oustanding creative contribution that demonstrates the entertainment industry's sincere efforts to accurately depict drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction in a theatrical feature film' Jennifer Jason Leigh and I recieved a Prism Commendation for The Anniversary Party.

Independent Spirit Award nominations

For The Anniversary Party Jennifer Jason Leigh and I received two Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best First Feature and Best Screenplay.

National Board of Review award

Jennifer Jason Leigh and I recieved a National Board of Review Excellence in Filmmaking award for The Anniversary Party.



New York Immigrant Achievement Award

I received The New York Immigrant Achievement Award, which honors outstanding immigrants whose achievements have greatly enriched the nation.

I really enjoyed getting this award, partly because the other people who receved one were so great and I felt really honored to be in their company, but also because the ceremony was so much more fun and real than the showbiz ones I had been to.

Drama League Honor

For my performance as Otto in Design For Living I was honored by the Drama League in New York City.  



Gertrudis Award

I was given the Gertrudis Award from the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film . The award recognises "an actor or actress who, in a relatively short time and number of performances, has demonstrated a breadth and depth of acting skill."

It took literally years for me to actualy get my hands on the award, but I seem very happy about it in this picture


Vanity Fair Hall of Fame

I was inducted into the Vanity Fair Hall of Fame in their year end issue.  Annie Liebowitz took the photo.

New York Press Award

I tied for the Best actor award with the lovely John Cameron Mitchell, he for his performance in Hedwig, and me for Cabaret.

Entertainment Weekly It List

I was named one of the 100 most creative people in the world (!) bu Entertainment Weekly.

The photo they used is by Stephanie Pfriender.

New York Public Advocate's award

Mark Green, the New York Public Advocate gave me a special award at City Hall for my performance in Cabaret and for 'Exemplary leadership, commitment, and advocacy on behalf of the gay and lesbian community and all New Yorkers'.

FANY award

I joked when I received this award that I had always craved FANY!

FANY (The Friends of New York Theatre) very kindly gave me their Best Actor in a Musical award

Tony award

I won the Best Actor in a Musical Tony for my performance in Cabaret.  Annette Bening gave it to me, and  I rather embarassingly gave her a bottle of water I had in my hands as I ran to the stage.




Outer Critics' Circle Award

I was honoured to receive the Best Actor in a Musical award from the Outer Critics' Circle from Lauren Bacall

Drama League Honor

The Drama League honored me for my performance in Cabaret at their annual luncheon and awards ceremony.

Theater World award

The Theatre World awards  are given each year to actors making their Broadway debuts. I was presented with mine by Audra Macdonald for my performance in Cabaret.


MTV Movie Award nomination

Lisa Kudrow, Mira Sorvino and I were nominated for the Best Dance Sequence MTV Movie Award  for the last scene in Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.


Olivier award nomination

For my performance in Cabaret I was nominated for a Best Actor in a Musical Laurence Olivier award

Shakespeare Globe Award nomination

For my performance as Hamlet I was nominated for the Richard Burton Award at the Shakespeare Globe awards.


TMA Best Actor Award

Sian Phillips gave me the Theatre Management Association Best Actor Award for Hamlet.  I really appreciated this award because it is is chosen by theatregoers all over the UK as well as industry people.



Scottish BAFTA nomination

I recieved a Best Film Actor nomination at the Scottish BAFTA awards for Prague.

Olivier award nomination

I was nominated for another Olivier award in the category of "Comedy Performance of the Year" for my performance in  La Bete.




British Comedy Award

I won the 'Top Television Newcomer' British Comedy Award for  for Bernard and the Genie. Here's a clip of me receiving it. Please note my terrible acting: I knew I had won and so I am over-compensating in my 'I can't believe it' acting. I was shooting Mickey Love in Manchester and so they had to tell me I had won to make sure I could get out of work and come to the ceremony!

Best Actor, Atlantic Film Festival

I won the Best Actor award at the 1992 Atlantic Film festival for my feature film debut, Prague.



Laurence Olivier Award

For my peformance in Accidental Death of an Anarchist at the National Theatre I won  the Olivier Award for Comedy Performance of the Year. Here I am just after being given it by Angela Lansbury.

The show was also nominated for Best Revival of a Play.



Olivier award nomination

When Conquest of the South Pole transferred from the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh to the Royal Court in London in November 1988,  I received an Olivier Award nomination for Most Promising Newcomer of the Year.

I didn't win.  But a few years later I worked with the person who did: Richard Jones, who directed me in David Hirson's La Bete at the Lyric Hammersmith in 1992



I graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with a B.A. (Dramatic Studies) and an award for the Speaking of Scots Verse and the Gordon Bottomley Award for direction