Golden Globes: 'Versace' Star Darren Criss Feels Like He "Won a Fan Contest" With Best Actor Win

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The actor previously won an Emmy for his portrayal of Andrew Cunanan on the FX series last year.

Darren Criss took home the Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a TV miniseries on Sunday night for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

The actor beat out Antonio Banderas (Genius: Picasso), Daniel Bruhl (The Alienist), Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose) and Hugh Grant (A Very English Scandal). 

During his speech, Criss was quick to describe how he felt as if he "won a fan contest." The award marked Criss' first Globes nomination and win. Feeling humbled by the honor, the actor thanked the fellow nominees for serving as his "teachers." "Whether you like it or not, you're actually a part of this," he said. 

Aware that Versace proved to be a rather "grim story to make," the actor thanked Ryan Murphy and the series' team for making the installment a "fun place to do some not-so-fun things."

Criss then took a moment to celebrate the "marvelous year" that has taken place in the industry with diversity representation, to which he says he is a "teeny, tiny part of." Explaining that he's a Filipino-American actor himself, Criss thanked his "firecracker Filipino" mom and dedicated the award to her.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story led the TV nominations during this year's awards show with four.

Criss previously won an Emmy last year for his portrayal of Andrew Cunanan in the FX series. 

Backstage Criss explained that he felt as if he's been "given a superhero cape" by being the first Filipino Golden Globe winner. " I always tell people being half Filipino is one of my favorite things about myself and I had no control over it," he said. "I feel like I have been given superhero cape that I have to step up to the plate for. If anyone from the Filipino community looks to my work for inspiration then sign me up." 

While presenting the award to Criss, Twitter users were also quick to point out that Amber Heard flubbed Criss's name by referring to him as "Daniel."

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