Fil-Am Darren Criss wins as Best Actor in Screen Actors Guild Awards

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Darren Criss said in his acceptance speech after winning at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: "This is a high that will last a lifetime."


Filipino-American Darren Criss was named Best Actor in the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Darren won for his performance in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

This is his third nomination and first win at the SAG Awards. 

It can be noted that he faced tough competition from fellow nominees Antonio Banderas (Genius: Picasso), Hugh Grant (A Very English Scandal), Anthony Hopkins (King Lear), and Bill Pullman (The Sinner). 

In his speech, Darren recalled the five victims of serial killer Andrew Cunanan.

Andrew was the character that Darren portrayed in the critically acclaimed series.

Darren pointed out, "The character I played, unfortunately used masks to destroy things and so as an actor my goal was to use masks to create a positive change.

"So for any of the families and friends of those affected by the destruction that he brought, I hope that they know our goal was to not make a spectacle of their tragedy but to create a positive dialogue about social issues and bring to justice things that were in the shadow."

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Darren said it was an honor for him to be recignized for this role. 

"This is a high that will last a lifetime. And it is such an honor to be acknowledged by all of you so whether you voted here or at home, over there, thank you so very much.

“If you're an actor, whether starting out, breaking through, or holding on, I wish you all the best. Break a leg. Thank you."

The Hollywood actor is known for his movie Most Likely and the hit TV series Glee.


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