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FilAm Darren Criss wins top acting award again

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(Photo from Instagram | @adarrencriss)


Filipino American Darren Criss of the San Francisco Bay Area won again another top acting award.


This time it is the 2019 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award which was handed out during a televised ceremony in Los Angeles over the weekend.


Earlier, Criss won in the Golden Globe Awards.


In the Screen Actors Guild awards, Criss was presented the award for Best Actor for a Limited Series TV/Movie for his work in "The Assassination of Gianni Versace," the same award he won with the Golden Globe.


Criss' awards made him the first FilAm actor to win the top acting award in the Golden Globe and possibly the Screen Actors Guild awards.


On his way to the awarding ceremony, the Fil-Am actor tweeted, "Being nominated alongside Antonio Banderas, Hugh Grant, Anthony freakin Hopkins, and Bill Pullman is a feather in my cap I could have never imagined."


The other winners for television include:


  2. BEST DRAMA ACTOR: Jason Bateman, "Ozark"
  3. BEST DRAMA ACTRESS: Sandra Oh, "Killing Eve"
  4. BEST COMEDY SERIES ENSEMBLE: "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
  5. BEST COMEDY ACTOR: Tony Shaloub, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
  6. BEST COMEDY ACTRESS: Rachel Brosnahan, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
  7. BEST ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES/TV MOVIE: Darren Criss, "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story"
  8. BEST ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES/TV MOVIE: Patricia Arquette, "Escape at Dannemora"


Only last September, Criss won an Emmy Award for the same portrayal under the category Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.


Criss is well-known for playing Blaine Anderson in the hit American musical drama series “Glee” with Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer and Matthew Morrison.


Criss, now 31, is proud of his Filipino blood through his mother Cerina Bru who is a Spanish-Filipina who was born in Cebu but later migrated to the United States. Criss immediately earned praised from Filipinos and Filipino Americans for acknowledging his mother and Filipino roots in a speech when he received his trophy.


Born in San Francisco, California, Criss occasionally visits the Philippines, where he has performed shows at Ayala Malls.


 After he won the Golden Globe award, his mother immediately flew to California to join Criss.


“Well Mom, I’m glad you made it” Criss said  on social media when his mother arrived in US, according to a GMA network report.


The Fil-Am actor and Golden Globe winner posted a photo with his Cebuana mother and shared a sweet little fact: Another one of her dreams has come true.

According to Criss, Filipino treats took center stage on the morning after the Golden Globes celebration.


In his social media message, Criss said the Filipino treats he was pertaining to included his mom — a “fun spritely lady” he described her, “who dreamed of coming to this country and getting invited to glamorous parties like this…”


And then he ends it: “Well Mom, I’m glad you made it.”


Criss dedicated his award to his mom. “You are hugely responsible for all the good things in my life. I dedicate this to you,” he said, winning the hearts of Filipinos in the US, the Philippines and around the world.

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