Filipino-American actor Darren Criss took home the Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television award during the awarding night of the prestigious 2019 Golden Globe Awards on January 6 (U.S. Time).
The recognition was for his compelling portrayal of killer Andrew Cunanan in the hit television series The Assasination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, which follows the mysterious murder of the legendary fashion designer in 1997.
During his acceptance speech, Darren dedicated his award to a “firecracker Filipino woman from Cebu” that was his mother, Cerina Criss.
“This has been a marvelous year for representation in Hollywood, and I am so enormously proud to be a teeny tiny part of that as the son of a firecracker Filipino woman from Cebu that dreamed of coming into this country and getting to be invited to cool parties like this. Mom, I know you're watching this.
“I love you dearly. I dedicate this to you. This is totally awesome,” he said.
Prior to shining in the Golden Globes, Darren was recognized for the same role in the 2018 Emmy Awards as the Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series or Movie.
The 31-year-old star had his first acting experience through musical productions A Very Potter Musical (2009), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (2012 revival), and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2016 revival). He then joined the hit musical comedy-drama series Glee as Blaine Anderson, for which he was nominated an Emmy Award in 2015 as songwriter of the original, “This Time”.