After becoming the second youngest Best Limited Series/TV Movie Actor Emmy winner, Darren Criss is now the third youngest winner in the corresponding Golden Globes category. The 31-year-old won Sunday for his performance in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”
Like the Emmy category, Best Limited Series/TV Movie Actor at the Globes, which was first awarded in 1982, is dominated by older performers. Criss is only bested by James Franco, who was 23 when he won for “James Dean” in 2002, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who was 28 when he prevailed for “Elvis” in 2006. Franco and Rhys Meyers are the category’s only winners who were in their 20s.
Criss is the 10th person in their 30s to receive the prize and bumps back Anthony Andrews (“Brideshead Revisited”), who turned 35 two and a half weeks before the 1983 ceremony. Tom Hiddleston was also 35 when he won for “The Night Manager” in 2017, but he was a month shy of his 36th birthday. Criss is also the third thirtysomething to win this category in the last four years, following Hiddleston and then-36-year-old Oscar Isaac (“Show Me a Hero”).
Criss was the overwhelming favorite to win in our odds for his unnerving turn as serial killer Andrew Cunanan. He beat Hugh Grant (“A Very English Scandal”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”), Daniel Bruhl (“The Alienist”) and Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”).
If Criss completes his awards sweep at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, he’d make history there as the category’s youngest winner.