Darren Criss’ winning streak continues.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace actor, 31, took home the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie on Sunday night. The 25th annual ceremony was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
“I find it appropriate that this statuette is sort of choosing between which masks to use, and the character that I played, Andrew Cunanan, unfortunately, used masks to destroy things,” the Glee alum said in his acceptance speech. “So as an actor, my goal is to hopefully create something positive, to use masks to create a positive change. So for all of the friends and families that are still affected by the destruction that he wrought, I hope that they know our goal was not to make a spectacle of their tragedy, but to create a positive dialogue about social issues and bring to justice things that were in the shadows.”
Criss won for his chilling portrayal of Cunanan, the serial killer whose victims included famed fashion designer Gianni Versace, on the second installment of FX’s American Crime Story anthology series. The role has marked a major moment in Criss’ career, as he has also taken home the 2018 Emmy, Golden Globe, and Critics’ Choice Award for his groundbreaking performance.
This represented his first solo SAG Award nomination. He was previously nominated in 2012 and 2013 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series alongside his fellow Glee cast members.
The actor was also named one of EW’s 2018 Entertainers of the Year for his work on Versace. “It’s one of the greatest acting gigs I’ve had in my career thus far for myriad reasons,” Criss told EW during his cover shoot. “The people involved, the story they’ve talked about, the questions it raised, the complexity of the character — everything that was on the menu was almost unfathomably awesome to me. It’s so heartening to know that my pride and excitement and enthusiasm for this project is felt by other people.”
Criss beat out Antonio Banderas (Genius: Picasso), Hugh Grant (A Very English Scandal), Anthony Hopkins (King Lear), and Bill Pullman (The Sinner).
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