Best Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
BEST LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
“THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY”
BRAD SIMPSON: Thanks to our brilliant collaborators, Ryan Murphy and Tom Rob Smith. Thanks to FOX and FX for supporting disruptive television: John Landgraf, Gina Balian, Dana Walden, Gary Newman, Peter Rice, and also consigliere, Joe Cohen. Thanks to our partners at home, my family: Jocelyn, Oliver, Ellany, along with baby Lark. Gianni Versace was murdered 20 years ago. He was one of the very few public figures who was out during a time of intense hate and fear. This was the era of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” It was the Defense of Marriage Act era. Those forces of hate and fear are still with us. They tell us that we should be scared of people who are different than us. They tell us we should put walls around ourselves. As artists, we must fight back by representing those who are not represented and by providing a space for people ‑‑ for new voices to tell stories that haven’t been told. As human beings, we should resist in the streets, resist at the ballot box, and practice love and empathy in our everyday lives. Our show is a period piece, but those forces are not historical. They’re here. They’re with us. And we must resist. Thank you very much.
Q. This is based on a true story. What was the most favorite part?
MR. SIMPSON: We wanted to be able to tell people’s story that hasn’t been told. I know there was obviously — Versace was very famous, but there were the lesser known victims, and they were amazing people who achieved a very different form of success, and we wanted to celebrate how they carved that success in very difficult times. We saw that as celebrating rather than being crushed by homophobia. We saw other characters that had risen up. That was the hardest thing and responsibility.
Q. Congratulations. Boy, you have had enough feedback to let you know people really respond to this. One of the good things about this being on TV is that people still can see it. Do you get new waves of people that are inspired by the award you win and all the talk about it? Do you get new waves of people who are letting you know they see it and discover it and what it does for them?
MR. SIMPSON: We do. We are lucky enough that our show is on FX. And also American Crime Story is sold to Netflix. So I think this month, American Crime Story, the association will be on Netflix. So that will have a new life and global audience that we didn’t have before. That’s what television is now. It’s things find their audience, I think smaller things and it grows and grows, many times by word of mouth, many times by organizations like Hollywood Foreign Press Association that shine the spotlight on things. I think that brings a new audience.
Q. Do people tell their personal stories?
MR. SIMPSON: All the time. Three people told me they sold cologne to Andrew Cunanan separately, which I thought was interesting. One person said Andrew Cunanan went into Hermes where she worked and constantly put things on hold and not come back. So he has become a mythological figure, and the same with Versace. Yeah, all the time. I am sure all the actors can say the same thing.
It is a very emotional story. I think when Versace was killed people felt they lost something. I felt I lost something. So this show, I feel, is giving people permission to grieve in some weird way for what could have been.
Q. What did your parents do most for you and your career?
MR. CRISS: My parents are my biggest bragging right. I like taking them to these parties because it immediately makes me look way more interesting than I really am.
My dad, I think he taught me how to make other people comfortable and my mother was the other half, how to be comfortable with yourself. They were both very supportive. One of the great ironies of playing this part, even though I do share a similar ethnic background to him, we were very, very different the way we were raised and the homes we grew up in. And it is a testament how it makes the world of difference in one’s life to have the support of love, and it brought me here. If that doesn’t speak volumes to that, I don’t know what does.
Q. You talked a little bit about your mom and and dad really influencing you. You are going to be the first Filipino-American to win a Golden Globe, to go down in history. What does that mean to be a first for you tonight?
MR. CRISS: I always tell people being half Filipino is one of my favorite things because I had no control over that. I feel like I have been given a superhero cape, that I am now required to step up to the plate for and one I’m glad to be the poster boy for. If there’s any young half or full Filipino kids in the community that looks to my work as a source of inspiration and encouragement, sign me up. I am on board for that. It is a great privilege and means the world to me. Like I said, I am very proud to be part of that.
Q. (In Spanish.)
MS. CRUZ: Thank you. When I hear your words, that makes me feel very grateful for the opportunity I have gotten and wanted since I was 17 years old. Now Ryan has invited me to be part of the creative family. You have one character and to have a longer amount of time to understand the character and live with it, I cannot wait to repeat that experience. It is a different game. I would love to be able to combine both worlds if I can.