University of Michigan alum Darren Criss won his first Emmy during the award show Monday night, but he assured the University of Michigan community he still hasn’t forgotten his roots.
“Congratulations to all of you, thank you to the Television Academy and Go Blue!” Criss ended his acceptance speech.
Criss graduated in 2009 from the School of Music, Theatre & Dance with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater performance, quickly rising to fame in 2010 on the cast of “Glee.” He won the Emmy for Lead Actor in a Limited Series for his portrayal of Andrew Cunanan, the murderer of iconic fashion designer Gianni Versace, in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”
The FX series was produced by Ryan Murphy and is the second season in the “American Crime Story” production, following “The People v. O.J. Simpson.” Murphy was also the producer of “Glee.”
Songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who graduated from the Music, Theatre & Dance School in 2006 with degrees in musical theater, were nominated for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for their writing on “A Christmas Story Live!”. If they had won, they would have become the youngest recipients ever to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award.
Criss’s Emmy win also marked the first ever by a Filipino American.
He called the win “the most extraordinary moment of my life, thus far.”