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Darren Criss earns lead actor Emmy nod for ‘Assassination of Gianni Versace’

Fil-Am actor Darren Criss' heartbreaking, gut-wrenching performance as Filipino serial killer Andrew Cunanan has earned him a well-deserved Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.

FX’s true crime dramatization, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”, led the limited series category with 18 nominations. It will be competing against "The Alienist", "Genius: Picasso", "Godless", and "Patrick Melrose" for Outstanding Limited Series.

This is Criss' first Emmy nomination for acting. He will be up against Antonio Banderas ("Genius: Picasso"), Benedict Cumberbatch ("Patrick Melrose"), Jeff Daniels ("The Looming Tower"), John Legend ("Jesus Christ Superstar"), and Jesse Plemons (Black Mirror: USS Callister).


Criss fleshed out in the small screen the troubled mind of Cunanan, who went on a horrific murder spree that ended with the death of legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace. 

Cunanan killed at least five people before taking his own life to evade arrest. 


HBO’s medieval fantasy series “Game of Thrones” led nominations for the Emmy Awards on Thursday that spanned satire to the supernatural, but streaming service Netflix knocked HBO off its 17-year pedestal as the network with the most nods.

“Games of Thrones,” a worldwide hit, got 22 nods, including for the top prize of best drama series. It was followed by NBC’s sketch show “Saturday Night Live” and HBO’s sci-fi series “Westworld” with 21 nominations each, and Hulu’s dystopian vision “The Handmaid’s Tale” with 20.

Just five years after the launch of its first original series, “House of Cards,” Netflix ended HBO’s 17-year streak as the most Emmy-nominated network.

Netflix gathered 112 nods for shows that ranged from supernatural drama “Stranger Things” and British royal show “The Crown” to female wrestling comedy “GLOW,” new Western drama “Godless” and reality makeover series “Queer Eye.”

HBO, which was recently acquired by wireless carrier AT&T Inc, had 108 nominations, and noted in a statement that it was the eighth year it had gathered 100 nominations or more. NBC shows earned 78 nods.

The Emmy awards will be handed out in Los Angeles on Sept. 17 hosted by “Saturday Night Live” cast members Michael Che and Colin Jost. — with additional reporting from Reuters / Aya Tantiangco, GMA News