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Fil-Am star Daren Criss wins Best Actor in SAG Awards

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Filipino-American actor Darren Criss bagged the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie on Sunday night in Los Angeles.

Actor and founder of Elsie Fest, Darren Criss, poses for a portrait on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP) /mb.com.ph

Actor and founder of Elsie Fest, Darren Criss, poses for a portrait on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)

Criss won the award for playing the role of Andrew Cunanan, a serial killer who murdered Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace in 1997, in the film The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

“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. So as an actor, my goal was to hopefully create something positive—to use masks to create a positive change,” said Criss.

“So for all of the friends and families that are still affected by the destruction that he wrought,” he continued, “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.”

The 31-year-old actor beat out fellow nominees Antonio Banderas (Genius: Picasso), Hugh Grant (A Very English Scandal), Anthony Hopkins (King Lear), and Bill Pullmann (The Sinner) in the category.

Earlier this year, Criss won the Emmy, Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards for the same role.

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