Darren Criss’ Screen Actors Guild Best Actor award speech highlights using craft to create positive change

Three-time best actor awardee Darren Criss has picked up his 4th trophy for outstanding performance in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (ACS: Versace) – this time receiving his first Actor trophy from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.

Before the acting plum from SAG Awards, the Filipino-American actor previously earned recognition with an Emmy from the 70th Television Academy Awards, from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association 76th Golden Globes, and followed by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association’s Critics’ Choice Awards.

Darren Criss received the SAG Award for “Male Actor in a Television mode or Limited Series” for his role as Andrew Cunanan in FX Networks’ 9-episode series, ACS: Versace.

The Fil-Am actor bested Hollywood and international acting legends Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas, Bill Pullman, and Hugh Grant.

In his 4 acceptance speeches, Criss always acknowledged his parental heritage and his advocacy for more cultural representation in Hollywood.

Here is the Good News Pilipinas recap of Darren Criss’ championing Fil-Am representation in Hollywood:

1st Fil-Am Major Acting Award at Emmys, September 2018

Darren Criss picked up his first Emmy in September 2018, marking the first time a Filipino-American received the major award. Criss readily acknowledged his family’s influence in his acceptance speech upon receiving the Emmy for “Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie.”

Dedicating 1st Golden Globe Win to Cebuana Mother, January 2019

In January 2019, the Fil-Am actor picked up the Golden Globe Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television.” Criss said “this was a marvelous year for representation in Hollywood” – referring to the advocacy for more diverse cultures on screen and in filmmaking.

Criss dedicated his 2nd Best Actor win to his Cebuana mother, Cerina, and described himself as “the son of a firecracker Filipino woman from Cebu that dreamed of coming to this country.”

Humble Acceptance of 1st Critics’ Choice Award, January 2019

The Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association’s 24th Annual Critics Choice Awards for 2019 gave the actor recognition to Criss as the actor humbly accepted the award saying he may not receive one again in the future.

Using Acting to Create Positive Change with 1st SAG Award, January 2019

Three’s a charm for Darren Criss as his 3rd nomination from the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards finally earned him his first win from the only televised awards shows to exclusively honor performers.

The multi-awarded Fil-Am Hollywood actor received the trophy for “Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television” – one of the 13 SAG Awards for acting in film and television that focuses on individual and cast performances of the entire ensemble of a drama series and comedy series.

In this acceptance speech, Darren Criss said, unlike the killer who used masks to destroy he is using his actor masks with the goal to “create positive change.”

Criss addressed the families and kin of the victims of Andrew Cunanan, whose portrayal won him his 4-in-a-row best actor trophies, saying their 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.”

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