Darren Criss dedicates Golden Globes win to Cebuana mom

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 7) — Filipino-American actor Darren Criss was ecstatic to receive his very first Golden Globe Award, and with that his acknowledgment of his roots.

The actor won Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for his role in the "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" during the 76th Golden Globe Awards on Monday.

The former "Glee" star gave an emotional acceptance speech, highlighting the importance of representation in Hollywood.

"As we've seen, it's been a marvelous year for representation in Hollywood and I am so enormously proud to be a teeny tiny part of that as a son of a firecracker Filipina woman from Cebu that dreamed of coming to this country," he said.

His mother, a Cebuana, got a special heartwarming shoutout from Criss.

"Mom, I know you're watching this. You're hugely responsible for most of the good things in my life. I love you dearly and I dedicate this to you," he said.


The 31-year-old actor portrayed Filipino-American serial killer Andrew Cunanan who killed at least five people, including Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace in 1997.

The TV series also bagged the Golden Globes for Best Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.