Filipino-American actor Darren Criss took home the Golden Globes Best Actor Award and dedicated his “totally awesome” win to his Filipina mother.
Criss’ Golden Globes Award for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television” is the Hollywood actor’s second acting trophy following his Best Actor Emmy win in 2018 for his role in the American Crime Story series episode “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” which reunited him with Glee creator, Ryan Murphy.
In his speech upon receiving his Golden Globes trophy, Criss again dedicated the award to his Cebuana mother like he did when he won the Emmy that marked the first time first time an actor of Filipino-American heritage has been recognized with the major award.
Criss also referred to the campaign to address the lack in cultural diversity on media.
“As we’ve seen, 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 to this country and getting to be invited to cool parties like this. Mom, I know you’re watching this. You are hugely responsible for most of the good things in my life. I love you dearly. I dedicate this to you,” Darren said on the Golden Globes stage.
Darren Criss, who is more popularly known as Blaine Anderson on the hit TV musical show Glee, bested some of the Hollywood’s finest actors and fellow nominees Antonio Banderas (Genius: Picasso), Daniel Brühl (The Alienist), Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose) and Hugh Grant (A Very English Scandal).
Watch Darren Criss accept his Golden Globes Best Actor Award: