Fil-Am Darren Criss beats Antonio Banderas, Benedict Cumberbatch, others in 2018 Emmys

Fil-Am Darren Criss is named Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards. He plays a sociopath in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.



Filipino-American Darren Criss was named Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie at the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

He won his first-ever Emmy for portraying a sociopath in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

He was cast as Andrew Cunanan, the Fil-Am serial killer who shot and killed designer Gianni Versace outside his home in Miami Beach, Florida in 1997.

Darren's father is American and his mother hails from Cebu, Philippines.

When his name was called, Darren stood up and kissed his fiancee Mia Swier before going up the stage.

Darren was able to beat Antonio Banderas (Genius: Picasso), Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose), Jeff Daniels (The Looming Tower), John Legend (Jesus Christ Superstar) and Jesse Plemons (Black Mirror, "USS Callister") during the awarding ceremony held last September 17 (U.S. time).

"Oh my God, you guys are witnessing the most extraordinary moment of my life thus far. This is pretty cool," gushed the 31-year-old actor.

"I am so very privileged to be in this room among so many people that inspire the living crap out of me.

"And I am so honored to be nominated. A lot of you guys I have been a fan of for such a long time."

He acknowledged producer Ryan Murphy in his acceptance speech.

"Actors are only as good as the moments they're given and granted. I'm so profoundly indebted to my friend Ryan Murphy for entrusting me with this opportunity of a lifetime and for believing in me."

Darren then addressed his beloved fiancee by saying, "To my darling Mia, you roll the windows down and pump the music up in my life and I'm so thankful for you. I'm so lucky to have you."

He also expressed gratitude to his family for giving him a childhood so unlike the one Andrew Cunanan grew up in.

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"Mom, dad, Chuck, unlike the character I played, I was lucky enough to be raised in a home that was very loving and emphasized the value of hard work and compassion and not taking yourself seriously."

Darren is best known for his role as the gay student Blaine on the American TV show Glee.

Watch his entire acceptance speech here:






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