Broadway alum and musical theatre enthusiast Darren Criss won a Golden Globe Award January 6 for his leading performance in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. His win from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association follows an Emmy win (and current Screen Actors Guild Award nomination) for the Ryan Murphy limited series.
Criss, who has appeared on Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and co-founded the showtune-friendly music festival Elsie Fest, earned acclaim for his performance as serial killer Andrew Cunanan in the second season of FX’s American Crime Story. The show also earned the Golden Globe for Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
Tony Award winner Glenn Close, who is reportedly at work on a film adaptation of the movie musical Sunset Boulevard (which marked her most recent return to the Broadway stage), took home the Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama award for The Wife.
Additional stage alums fared particularly well in the television categories at the 76th annual ceremony; winners included Tony nominee Patricia Clarkson for Sharp Objects, Broadway alum Rachel Brosnahan, who earned her second consecutive Golden Globe for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (having, like Criss, also won an Emmy last year), and London and New York stage veteran (and Mary Poppins Returns star) Ben Whishaw for A Very English Scandal.
The 2019 ceremony also paid tribute to stage and screen legend Carol Burnett, who was the inaugural recipient of the Globes’ new honorary TV Special Achievement Award, aptly named the Carol Burnett Award.
“Regardless of the medium, what fascinated me was the stars on the screen who could make people laugh or cry—or sometimes both—and I wished and I hoped that maybe—just maybe—someday I could have the chance to do the same thing,” Burnett said in her speech. “Well, those childhood dreams came true…primarily on television on a comedy variety show that half a century later still connects with people in a way that makes me very proud.”
For the full list of winners, visit GoldenGlobes.com.