Golden Globes: If Sandra Oh Wins for ‘Killing Eve’ She’ll Be the First Asian Actor to Snag Multiple Awards

It seems that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association only made a half-hearted stab at inclusion in its TV nominations.

It’s a good day to be Sandra Oh, and it could get so much better come January 6. On Friday, the day after she was announced as the Golden Globes co-host alongside “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Andy Samberg, Oh received a nomination in the Best TV Drama Actress category for her lead role on “Killing Eve.”

The timing of the two back-to-back announcements feels particularly fortuitous, and Oh is currently the odds-on favorite to win in that category, just edging out Julia Roberts in Amazon’s “Homecoming.” Oh has received acclaim for playing the dogged and quirky MI5 agent Eve Polastri in the BBC America series from “Fleabag” creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and even received a groundbreaking Emmy nomination this year. She ultimately lost out to Claire Foy for “The Crown.”

A win this time around would make up for that Emmys disappointment and would make Oh — who is Korean-Canadian — the first Asian performer ever to win multiple Golden Globes. Previously, she’d snagged only one Golden Globe in 2005 for her scene-stealing role as Cristina Yang on “Grey’s Anatomy,” a baffling statistic since she was on the show for 10 seasons. This would also make her the second woman of Asian descent to win for a leading TV role in over 35 years, after Yoko Shimada won in 1981 for her performance in the miniseries “Shōgun.”

While Oh’s performance on “Killing Eve” is more than worthy of a win, the fates could also be on her side. In the past, Golden Globes co-hosts have had particular luck with winning the same year they presented the ceremony. Both John Forsythe and Julie Walters won Globes during their co-hosting gig in 1984 for “Dynasty” and “Educating Rita,” respectively. Also, Amy Poehler snagged a statuette in 2014 for “Parks and Recreation” when she emceed with Tina Fey.

Oh winning would also be a much-needed victory for people of color in a year where the nominations appear to lean towards tokenism in each category. While IndieWire’s TV Critic Ben Travers already called out the massive snub to FX’s “Atlanta” in the comedy categories, it seems that the Globes only made a half-hearted stab at diversity across the board.

THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY "The Man Who Would Be Vogue" Episode 1 (Airs Wednesday. January 17, 10:00 p.m. e/p) -- Pictured: Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FX

Darren Criss in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

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The other nods for actors of color include Stephan James (“Homecoming”), Billy Porter (“Pose”), Donald Glover (“Atlanta”), Regina King (“Seven Seconds”), Edgar Ramirez (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace”), Thandie Newton (“Westworld”), and Darren Criss (“Gianni Versace”). Where was Issa Rae, Sterling K. Brown, Constance Wu, Brian Tyree Henry, and any other of the killer “Pose” and “Atlanta” cast members? This is embarrassingly thin representation among a field of white actors and from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which is supposed to have a more inclusive mindset.

Criss, who is half Filipino, is the only other actor of Asian descent to have received a nomination this year. He snagged the nod for playing killer Andrew Cunanan, who in real life was also half-Filipino, in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” on FX. Having won the Emmy for the role, Criss is currently the odds-on favorite to repeat at the Golden Globes.

The 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air live across the country on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET from the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

From Sarah Paulson to Billy Porter: Creating Ryan Murphy’s Repertory Company

Uber-producer Ryan Murphy has made small screen stars out of A-listers and fresh faces alike. Angela Bassett (pictured above) Bassett starred in four seasons of “American Horror Story” (starting with “Coven” and continuing onto “Freak Show,” “Hotel” an…

Uber-producer Ryan Murphy has made small screen stars out of A-listers and fresh faces alike. Angela Bassett (pictured above) Bassett starred in four seasons of “American Horror Story” (starting with “Coven” and continuing onto “Freak Show,” “Hotel” and “Roanoke”), earning two Emmy nominations. She helmed two episodes as a director, the first during her final […]

‘A Legendary Christmas’: Awkwafina, Derek Hough, Ben Schwartz Join NBC Special

Deck the halls! Awkwafina, Derek Hough and Ben Schwartz are joining John Legend and Chrissy Teigen for their NBC holiday special, “A Legendary Christmas.”

Also rounding out the updated guest list are Neal Brennan, Yassir Lester, Sam Richardson and Tien Tran. Previously announced guests include Stevie Wonder, Kenan Thompson and Zach Galifianakis.

As TheWrap exclusively reported last month, “A Legendary Christmas” will include performances of songs from Legend’s new album — which was released on Oct. 26 — and appearances by the couple’s friends and family.

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Legend and Teigen will also go surprise caroling with Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Raphael Saadiq and Meghan Trainor. Saadiq serves as the musical director of the special and executive produces the special.

Other special appearances include “The Voice” coaches Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

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The special — produced by Universal Television, Done + Dusted and Friends at Work — marks the latest in a string of collaborations between Legend and NBC.

“A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy” will air Nov. 28 at 10/9c on NBC.

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Deck the halls! Awkwafina, Derek Hough and Ben Schwartz are joining John Legend and Chrissy Teigen for their NBC holiday special, “A Legendary Christmas.”

Also rounding out the updated guest list are Neal Brennan, Yassir Lester, Sam Richardson and Tien Tran. Previously announced guests include Stevie Wonder, Kenan Thompson and Zach Galifianakis.

As TheWrap exclusively reported last month, “A Legendary Christmas” will include performances of songs from Legend’s new album — which was released on Oct. 26 — and appearances by the couple’s friends and family.

Legend and Teigen will also go surprise caroling with Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Raphael Saadiq and Meghan Trainor. Saadiq serves as the musical director of the special and executive produces the special.

Other special appearances include “The Voice” coaches Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

The special — produced by Universal Television, Done + Dusted and Friends at Work — marks the latest in a string of collaborations between Legend and NBC.

“A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy” will air Nov. 28 at 10/9c on NBC.

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Nick Jonas, Darren Criss Help Raise $400,000 at Justin Tranter’s GLAAD Benefit

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Amazon, Netflix Lead Streaming Revolution at Primetime Emmys

The streaming revolution took another step forward on Monday night at the Primetime Emmys, with Amazon — powered by the success of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” — and Netflix highlighting Hollywood’s increasing dependence on new media.

In total, the big three streaming services — Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix — took home nearly half of the night’s awards, grabbing 12 of the 26 trophies handed out. That tripled last year’s total of four wins for the three companies. (It’s worth mentioning there were nine more trophies handed out at this year’s broadcast.)

“Mrs. Maisel” was the star of the show — much like “The Handmaid’s Tale” was last year for Hulu — netting five Emmys for Amazon, including for Outstanding Comedy Series. Rachel Brosnahan, playing aspiring late-1950s stand-up comic Midge Maisel, won for lead actress in a comedy, while Alex Bornstein won for her supporting role as Maisel’s brash manager. “The Looming Tower,” Amazon’s take on Lawrence Wright’s book on 9/11, was nominated three times, but didn’t earn a victory.

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Not to be outdone, Netflix pulled in seven Emmys for the night. The Western drama “Godless” netted both Jeff Daniels and Merritt Wever trophies for their supporting roles, while “The Crown” contributed two awards as well.

Netflix’s big bet on stand-up comedy paid off, too, with John Mulaney’s “Kid Gorgeous at Radio City” winning for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special.

The night wasn’t as sweet for Hulu, though. One year after being the belle of the ball, Hulu was shut out and its trademark show “The Handmaid’s Tale” lost its bid for back-to-back Outstanding Drama Series victories to HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

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The writing was on the wall heading into this weekend’s awards. Altogether, the big three streaming service earned 161 total nominations — a 31 percent jump from last year. Netflix led the way, with its 112 nominations toppling HBO’s 17-year run as the most nominated network. (HBO, for its part, still pulled in 108 noms and has transitioned about as well as any legacy media company to the streaming world.)

Once Monday wrapped up, Netflix had tied HBO, taking home 23 Emmys this year.

While the streaming services are often coy when it comes to viewership, it’s not hard to see their trajectory in comparison to traditional TV. Netflix passed 130 million subscribers last quarter, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos revealed earlier this year it has 100 million Prime customers, and Hulu boasts about 20 million paying customers.

Their shows are now the mainstream. And with more tech money entering the content battle, expecting YouTube or Apple to crash the party in the years ahead isn’t a stretch.

For a look at all of Monday’s winners, click here.

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The streaming revolution took another step forward on Monday night at the Primetime Emmys, with Amazon — powered by the success of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” — and Netflix highlighting Hollywood’s increasing dependence on new media.

In total, the big three streaming services — Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix — took home nearly half of the night’s awards, grabbing 12 of the 26 trophies handed out. That tripled last year’s total of four wins for the three companies. (It’s worth mentioning there were nine more trophies handed out at this year’s broadcast.)

“Mrs. Maisel” was the star of the show — much like “The Handmaid’s Tale” was last year for Hulu — netting five Emmys for Amazon, including for Outstanding Comedy Series. Rachel Brosnahan, playing aspiring late-1950s stand-up comic Midge Maisel, won for lead actress in a comedy, while Alex Bornstein won for her supporting role as Maisel’s brash manager. “The Looming Tower,” Amazon’s take on Lawrence Wright’s book on 9/11, was nominated three times, but didn’t earn a victory.

Not to be outdone, Netflix pulled in seven Emmys for the night. The Western drama “Godless” netted both Jeff Daniels and Merritt Wever trophies for their supporting roles, while “The Crown” contributed two awards as well.

Netflix’s big bet on stand-up comedy paid off, too, with John Mulaney’s “Kid Gorgeous at Radio City” winning for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special.

The night wasn’t as sweet for Hulu, though. One year after being the belle of the ball, Hulu was shut out and its trademark show “The Handmaid’s Tale” lost its bid for back-to-back Outstanding Drama Series victories to HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

The writing was on the wall heading into this weekend’s awards. Altogether, the big three streaming service earned 161 total nominations — a 31 percent jump from last year. Netflix led the way, with its 112 nominations toppling HBO’s 17-year run as the most nominated network. (HBO, for its part, still pulled in 108 noms and has transitioned about as well as any legacy media company to the streaming world.)

Once Monday wrapped up, Netflix had tied HBO, taking home 23 Emmys this year.

While the streaming services are often coy when it comes to viewership, it’s not hard to see their trajectory in comparison to traditional TV. Netflix passed 130 million subscribers last quarter, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos revealed earlier this year it has 100 million Prime customers, and Hulu boasts about 20 million paying customers.

Their shows are now the mainstream. And with more tech money entering the content battle, expecting YouTube or Apple to crash the party in the years ahead isn’t a stretch.

For a look at all of Monday’s winners, click here.

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Nick Jonas Turns Playwright as VIPs Turn Out for a First-Time Table Read (EXCLUSIVE)

On the weekend of the Emmys, and of his own 26th birthday, Nick Jonas threw a different kind of soiree — inviting about three dozen studio executives and film producers to a table read of the first dramatic play he’s written, “Dessert First,” at the Ch…

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Emmy-Nominated ‘Versace’ Star Darren Criss Boards Roland Emmerich’s ‘Midway’

EXCLUSIVE: Emmy nominated for his role as the sociopath who gunned down Gianni Versace in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Darren Criss has boarded the Roland Emmerich-directed WWII film Midway. Criss played Andrew Cunanan in …

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Emmy Predictions: A ‘Legend’ Goes For EGOT Status Thanks To Jesus, But Is That Enough To Stop Cumberbatch In Limited Series/Movie Actor Race?

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“How am I doing? I don’t even know how I’m doing. I’m on fire, man. What can I say?” Ricky Martin told Deadline today, after receiving his first ever Emmy nomination for Ryan Murphy’s FX series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story….

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Sandra Oh’s ‘Killing Eve’ Emmy Nod Isn’t the Only Important Asian Nomination to Celebrate

Another Asian actor and an Asian director were also recognized.

Because of ingrained racism, Sandra Oh didn’t even initially think she was being offered the lead role on BBC America’s “Killing Eve,” but on Thursday, she earned herself an Emmy nomination for it. On the show, the actress plays security operative Eve Polastri, who is hunting down an elusive but flamboyant international assassin.

Oh’s nomination is significant on a number of levels, since she has been overdue for good roles after playing Cristina Yang on “Grey’s Anatomy.” “Killing Eve” has been worth the wait because it showcases her dramatic and comedic talents in equal measure: IndieWire has made no secret that “Killing Eve” is a favorite for its killer performances, dialogue, action, and style. Much credit goes to “Fleabag” creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who was also nominated for writing the first episode of “Killing Eve,” for the show’s unique point of view and tone.

Beyond just a personal victory though, Oh is the first actress of Asian descent to have been nominated as a lead actress, probably because there have been very few TV shows with Asian lead actresses in the first place. The shows with Asian lead actresses that come to mind are “Fresh off the Boat,” “Quantico,” “The Mindy Project,” “Nikita,” and the short-lived “Stalker” and “All-American Girl.” (It should be noted that Mindy Kaling has earned nods but they were for writing and producing, not acting.)

If Oh wins, she will be the first Asian actress to win in a leading role, and this would be her first Emmy win ever. That’s right; despite multiple nominations for “Grey’s Anatomy,” she never won an Emmy, only a Golden Globe.

THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY "The Man Who Would Be Vogue" Episode 1 (Airs Wednesday. January 17, 10:00 p.m. e/p) -- Pictured: Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FX

Darren Criss in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

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Oh isn’t the only significant Asian representation among the nominees though. Darren Criss, who is half Filipino, snagged a nomination for playing killer Andrew Cunanan, who in real life was also half-Filipino, in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” on FX. This is his first individual acting Emmy nomination. He previously had a nod as a singer/songwriter on “Glee.”

Criss released the following statement on Twitter regarding his nomination: “Zorro, Dr. Strange, Harry Dunne, Todd Alquist, and Jesus Christ… pretty incredible company to keep. Humbled by your talent, Antonio Banderas, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeff Daniels, Jesse Plemons, John Legend. I’m such a fan. Congrats! What an honor, Television Academy. Thank you so much. Truly. Wow. And a huge congrats to my fellow cast and crew of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story! Ryan Murphy does it again!”

Either win would make great strides for Asian representation, especially in the acting categories. Only two Asian actors have won previously: Riz Ahmed in 2017 for his leading role in “The Night Of” and Archie Panjabi for her supporting role in “The Good Wife” in 2010.

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Although not for acting, the Japanese-born Hiro Murai also finally got a nomination for directing the “Teddy Perkins” episode of “Atlanta.” He’s a frequent collaborator with Donald Glover, having directed many Childish Gambino music videos — including this spring’s jaw-dropping “This Is America” — and he directed multiple episodes of both seasons of the FX comedy.

HIro Murai

HIro Murai

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“Teddy Perkins” offered up a unique challenge because it played more like an episode of horror than comedy. Set in a dark mansion and taking place over a short period of time, the bottle episode built an increasing atmosphere of claustrophobia, danger, and despair as Darius (Lakeith Stanfield) tried to buy a piano from an eccentric former child star named Teddy Perkins (Glover).

This is Murai’s first Emmy nomination. He’s also directed episodes of “Barry,” “Legion,” and “Snowfall.”

Emmy Nominations: Here Are All 36 First Time Performer Nominees

Welcome to the club, new Emmy nominees! Among the first time performer nominees this year are Kenan Thompson, Jessica Biel, John Legend, James Corden, Darren Criss, Penelope Cruz, and Tiffany Haddish.
There’s also Sara Bareilles, Aidy Bryant, Nik…

Welcome to the club, new Emmy nominees! Among the first time performer nominees this year are Kenan Thompson, Jessica Biel, John Legend, James Corden, Darren Criss, Penelope Cruz, and Tiffany Haddish.

There’s also Sara Bareilles, Aidy Bryant, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Betty Gilpin and Ricky Martin, to single out a few more.

But let’s not play favorites any longer — the full first-timers list is below.

Megan Amram, “An Emmy for Megan”
Sara Bareilles, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”
Zazie Beetz, “Atlanta”
Jessica Biel, “The Sinner”
Cameron Britton, “Mindhunter”
Aidy Bryant, “SNL”
James Corden, “James Corden’s Next James Corden”
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Game of Thrones”
Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Penelope Cruz, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Alexis Denisof, “I Love Bekka & Lucy”
Brandon Victor Dixon, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”
Joseph Fiennes, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Lee Garlington, “Broken”
Betty Gilpin, “GLOW”
Matthew Goode, “The Crown”
Naomi Grossman, “Ctrl Alt Delete”
Tiffany Haddish, “SNL”
Melvin Jackson Jr., “This Eddie Murphy Role Is Mine, Not Yours”
Kelly Jenrette, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Diarra Kilpatrick, “American Koko”
Vanessa Kirby, “The Crown”
John Legend, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”
Ricky Martin, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Kelli O’Hara, “The Accidental Wolf”
Adina Porter, “AHS: Cult”
Destorm Power, “Caught The Series”
Issa Rae, “Insecure”
Jimmi Simpson, “Westworld”
Matt Smith, “The Crown”
Yvonne Strahovski, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Michael Stuhlbarg, “The Looming Tower”
Miles Tagtmeyer, “Broken”
Kenan Thompson, “SNL”
Katt Williams, “Atlanta”
Letitia Wright, “Black Museum” (“Black Mirror”)

And here is the complete list of Emmy nominees, whether Thursday marked their first time or 15th time being bestowed with the honor.

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How the Cast of ‘Assassination of Gianni Versace’ Followed a Killer’s Spiral Into Madness

This story about “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” first appeared in the Miniseries/Movies issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

Most scientists estimate that the giant molten ball in our sky has another 5 billion years left to power life on earth. But for a coterie of fashion fans and one spree killer, it was vanquished on a July morning in 1997, when Gianni Versace was found dead, splayed on a South Beach sidewalk.

“He was the sun in an entire universe. When he disappeared, a void was created and everything collapsed,” Édgar Ramírez said of the celebrated fashion designer. Ramírez plays the loud visionary in FX’s limited series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” a meditation on homophobia and shame, and producer Ryan Murphy’s second installment in a franchise kicked off by the Emmy-winning “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”

Based on Maureen Orth’s true-crime tale “Vulgar Favors,” the series seemed like typical Murphy fare at first glance: an Oscar winner in a campy role (Penélope Cruz as Donatella Versace), the flashy backdrop of high fashion and plenty of male flesh parading on screen as the series looked at the tense politics of sexuality in America.

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But by the end of its nine episodes, viewers got an unexpected education in killer Andrew Cunanan and the factors that led him to slay five people while evading a three-month manhunt. Instead of runway shows and Naomi Campbell cameos, writer Tom Rob Smith (BBC’s “London Spy”) introduced us to the unfortunate men drawn to Cunanan. And he did so in reverse, opening with his most famous victim and backing us through the previous crimes.

We meet sugar daddies, repressed soldiers, closeted gay men shut out by immediate family — all of them entwined with a pathological liar who morphed into a new version of Andrew (or any of his numerous aliases) by the minute.

“Maureen does an excellent job talking about this in her book, how everything that happened was a perfect storm of so many unfortunate things,” said Darren Criss, who plays Cunanan.

Andrew was a popular and bright young Filipino-American, known for his habitual lies as early as high school in La Jolla on the California coast — where he grew up in a family that had been abandoned by a father escaping embezzlement charges. A failed history major at the University of California at San Diego, he migrated to San Francisco, where the series sees him lying about gigs building sets for James Cameron’s “Titanic” in Mexico or crafting for the local opera house.

In reality, he was an escort and companion to wealthy older men. He also occasionally sold drugs (and would eventually become his own best customer) and desperately sought a romantic, non-transactional love with partners closer to his own age and desired status.

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“His socioeconomic background, his psychosis, his family, all of it [conspired] against him,” Criss said. “He was charming, good-looking, erudite enough to have full access to the other part of that culture — wealth, glamour — but he still had his foot in where he was from.”

Murphy had previously worked with Criss on “Glee,” a high school jukebox musical that swept the nation and elevated the young actor to stardom. The most memorable image of that phase of Criss’ career is probably his “Glee” character decked out in a navy blue private-school blazer with red piping, handsome and shining and belting out Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.”

But Criss and Murphy had long been planning something very different; they began discussing “the Cunanan story,” as Criss called it, for almost four years before cameras rolled.

“If one of the things ‘People v. O.J.’ focused on was race and national identity, similarly this is focusing on homophobia and what that means for gay identity,” Criss said. “The tip of the iceberg is that Gianni was very famous. But he’s famous to metropolitan and coastal-elite types who have access to culture and fashion. A lot of people that I know even in entertainment say, ‘I had no idea [Cunanan] killed these other people.’”

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Cunanan’s spree began in Minnesota, where he was visiting his ex-lover David Madsen (Cody Fern) and their mutual friend Jeff Trail (Finn Wittrock). Both men had grown exhausted with Cunanan’s tall tales and noticed erratic behavior after his split with a generous older boyfriend. They made a pact to cut ties after a weekend visit from their fast-talking friend — but Cunanan snapped and beat Trail to death as Madsen watched.

The killer fled with Madsen as a hostage, then killed him and headed to Chicago to call on a former older lover: Lee Miglin (Mike Farrell), a highly respected entrepreneur and husband of perfumer and businesswoman Marilyn Miglin(played by Judith Light in a brief but haunting turn).

Cunanan dialed up the terror by duct-taping Lee Miglin’s face, hands and feet before stabbing him to death with a screwdriver and making off with one of the family cars.

“Had people taken [his sexuality] seriously, and the culture and the world had not shoved this young man into the closet — if the world was in a different space in time, this may never have happened,” said Light, whose Marilyn not only discovers the crime scene but was also left with the revelation that her husband paid Cunanan for sex and effectively lived a separate life outside their marriage. She doesn’t waver in her grief and humiliation, appearing on television to sell her wares and refusing to flee the city despite Cunanan being at large.

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Light was drawn to the couple’s story. “They had a great love and support for each other, for the work that they were doing individually and together,” she said. “And for their community in Chicago. There is a street named Miglin Way.”

And while Marilyn Miglin remains in Chicago in the perfume business, Light did not reach out to her in preparing the character. “This is a painful part of her life,” she said. “To make anything more of it, or to ask for anything from her, I felt would have been incredibly inappropriate.”

In the series’ depiction of the two months in which Cunanan hid from the authorities, shooting heroin and consorting with junkies and a community of gay Miami men ravaged by AIDS, there is no music. It’s a damp and dirty spiral into madness, and Criss nails the transformation.

“I know this is a proving ground for me,” he said. “Darkness does not a great character make, and we’re only as good as the moments we get. I believe Andrew was a bunch of different people. I meet acquaintances of his all the time, and the part that people would be surprised to hear is that the majority of stories about him are positive. They’re taking about a child, not a homicidal person on the lam.”

Of course, stories that explore the motives of killers can raise concerns that the filmmakers are taking the side of bad people. “When we’re trying to humanize somebody, it doesn’t mean we’re letting them off the hook,” Criss said. “Not only as an actor, but as a storyteller, it’s the stuff you wake up in the morning for.”

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In the same way, the Venezuelan actor Édgar Ramírez said he tried to avoid parody at all costs in his portrayal of Versace, the man he called “an emperor.” “It’s not a photograph, it’s a painting,” he said. “It can’t be a photograph because otherwise it would fall into the category of imitation and impersonation. That’s flat. That’s not alive.”

He and Cruz as Donatella Versace imbue he brother-sister unit with a dignity that was not afforded them at the time. Donatella was (and still is) retreating from the media and searching for her own place out of Gianni’s long shadow. Her effectiveness as an entrepreneur in rescuing the House of Versace after Gianni’s death cannot be overstated.

(The average American is more likely to associate the designer with Maya Rudolph’s “SNL” impersonation, chain-smoking and hurling cell phones across the room, than with her prowess in stabilizing a shaken empire.)

Ramírez, who broke out playing Carlos the Jackal in an award-winning 2010 biopic “Carlos,” said he spoke to several of Gianni’s living confidantes to prepare for the role. But Donatella herself did not cooperate with the filmmakers and slammed Orth’s book before the show premiered.

Murphy’s fellow producers Brad Simpson and Nina Jacobson told TheWrap earlier this year that they abided by her one request of them, which was to exclude her children from the narrative.

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“Whatever they created was inevitable and related to who they were, their memories and their experiences,” Ramírez said of the siblings. “There was no difference between personal life and professional life.”

His Versace is a man obsessed, sketching into the night as his lover Antonio D’Amico (Ricky Martin) romps with a muscle boy on the four-poster bed in their now-infamous mansion. Still, the role contained landmines, including conflicting accounts of Versace’s life: In the show, Gianni suffers a grave and unnamed illness, which the Versace family vehemently denied was AIDS-related.

“There are a lot of contradicting accounts over whether he was HIV positive or not,” said Ramírez. “In the end, we decided to leave it open, because there’s no conclusive answer. Which, also, is pretty self-explanatory about the stigma then. That’s a statement in and of itself.”

Also Read: ‘ACS: Versace’ Breakout Cody Fern Explains How Gay Shame Leads to Tragedy (Video)

Gianni’s passion and uncompromising creativity were always out of reach for Cunanan. When he shot himself in the head eight days after killing Versace, Cunanan became the final victim in a lose-lose tragedy that took half a dozen lives.

And for Judith Light, the most chilling thing about “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” is how preventable the events it depicts were. “This murder didn’t have to happen,” she said. “None of them did.”

Read more of TheWrap Emmy magazine’s Miniseries/Movies issue here.

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This story about “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” first appeared in the Miniseries/Movies issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

Most scientists estimate that the giant molten ball in our sky has another 5 billion years left to power life on earth. But for a coterie of fashion fans and one spree killer, it was vanquished on a July morning in 1997, when Gianni Versace was found dead, splayed on a South Beach sidewalk.

“He was the sun in an entire universe. When he disappeared, a void was created and everything collapsed,” Édgar Ramírez said of the celebrated fashion designer. Ramírez plays the loud visionary in FX’s limited series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” a meditation on homophobia and shame, and producer Ryan Murphy’s second installment in a franchise kicked off by the Emmy-winning “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”

Based on Maureen Orth’s true-crime tale “Vulgar Favors,” the series seemed like typical Murphy fare at first glance: an Oscar winner in a campy role (Penélope Cruz as Donatella Versace), the flashy backdrop of high fashion and plenty of male flesh parading on screen as the series looked at the tense politics of sexuality in America.

But by the end of its nine episodes, viewers got an unexpected education in killer Andrew Cunanan and the factors that led him to slay five people while evading a three-month manhunt. Instead of runway shows and Naomi Campbell cameos, writer Tom Rob Smith (BBC’s “London Spy”) introduced us to the unfortunate men drawn to Cunanan. And he did so in reverse, opening with his most famous victim and backing us through the previous crimes.

We meet sugar daddies, repressed soldiers, closeted gay men shut out by immediate family — all of them entwined with a pathological liar who morphed into a new version of Andrew (or any of his numerous aliases) by the minute.

“Maureen does an excellent job talking about this in her book, how everything that happened was a perfect storm of so many unfortunate things,” said Darren Criss, who plays Cunanan.

Andrew was a popular and bright young Filipino-American, known for his habitual lies as early as high school in La Jolla on the California coast — where he grew up in a family that had been abandoned by a father escaping embezzlement charges. A failed history major at the University of California at San Diego, he migrated to San Francisco, where the series sees him lying about gigs building sets for James Cameron’s “Titanic” in Mexico or crafting for the local opera house.

In reality, he was an escort and companion to wealthy older men. He also occasionally sold drugs (and would eventually become his own best customer) and desperately sought a romantic, non-transactional love with partners closer to his own age and desired status.

“His socioeconomic background, his psychosis, his family, all of it [conspired] against him,” Criss said. “He was charming, good-looking, erudite enough to have full access to the other part of that culture — wealth, glamour — but he still had his foot in where he was from.”

Murphy had previously worked with Criss on “Glee,” a high school jukebox musical that swept the nation and elevated the young actor to stardom. The most memorable image of that phase of Criss’ career is probably his “Glee” character decked out in a navy blue private-school blazer with red piping, handsome and shining and belting out Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.”

But Criss and Murphy had long been planning something very different; they began discussing “the Cunanan story,” as Criss called it, for almost four years before cameras rolled.

“If one of the things ‘People v. O.J.’ focused on was race and national identity, similarly this is focusing on homophobia and what that means for gay identity,” Criss said. “The tip of the iceberg is that Gianni was very famous. But he’s famous to metropolitan and coastal-elite types who have access to culture and fashion. A lot of people that I know even in entertainment say, ‘I had no idea [Cunanan] killed these other people.'”

Cunanan’s spree began in Minnesota, where he was visiting his ex-lover David Madsen (Cody Fern) and their mutual friend Jeff Trail (Finn Wittrock). Both men had grown exhausted with Cunanan’s tall tales and noticed erratic behavior after his split with a generous older boyfriend. They made a pact to cut ties after a weekend visit from their fast-talking friend — but Cunanan snapped and beat Trail to death as Madsen watched.

The killer fled with Madsen as a hostage, then killed him and headed to Chicago to call on a former older lover: Lee Miglin (Mike Farrell), a highly respected entrepreneur and husband of perfumer and businesswoman Marilyn Miglin(played by Judith Light in a brief but haunting turn).

Cunanan dialed up the terror by duct-taping Lee Miglin’s face, hands and feet before stabbing him to death with a screwdriver and making off with one of the family cars.

“Had people taken [his sexuality] seriously, and the culture and the world had not shoved this young man into the closet — if the world was in a different space in time, this may never have happened,” said Light, whose Marilyn not only discovers the crime scene but was also left with the revelation that her husband paid Cunanan for sex and effectively lived a separate life outside their marriage. She doesn’t waver in her grief and humiliation, appearing on television to sell her wares and refusing to flee the city despite Cunanan being at large.

Light was drawn to the couple’s story. “They had a great love and support for each other, for the work that they were doing individually and together,” she said. “And for their community in Chicago. There is a street named Miglin Way.”

And while Marilyn Miglin remains in Chicago in the perfume business, Light did not reach out to her in preparing the character. “This is a painful part of her life,” she said. “To make anything more of it, or to ask for anything from her, I felt would have been incredibly inappropriate.”

In the series’ depiction of the two months in which Cunanan hid from the authorities, shooting heroin and consorting with junkies and a community of gay Miami men ravaged by AIDS, there is no music. It’s a damp and dirty spiral into madness, and Criss nails the transformation.

“I know this is a proving ground for me,” he said. “Darkness does not a great character make, and we’re only as good as the moments we get. I believe Andrew was a bunch of different people. I meet acquaintances of his all the time, and the part that people would be surprised to hear is that the majority of stories about him are positive. They’re taking about a child, not a homicidal person on the lam.”

Of course, stories that explore the motives of killers can raise concerns that the filmmakers are taking the side of bad people. “When we’re trying to humanize somebody, it doesn’t mean we’re letting them off the hook,” Criss said. “Not only as an actor, but as a storyteller, it’s the stuff you wake up in the morning for.”

In the same way, the Venezuelan actor Édgar Ramírez said he tried to avoid parody at all costs in his portrayal of Versace, the man he called “an emperor.” “It’s not a photograph, it’s a painting,” he said. “It can’t be a photograph because otherwise it would fall into the category of imitation and impersonation. That’s flat. That’s not alive.”

He and Cruz as Donatella Versace imbue he brother-sister unit with a dignity that was not afforded them at the time. Donatella was (and still is) retreating from the media and searching for her own place out of Gianni’s long shadow. Her effectiveness as an entrepreneur in rescuing the House of Versace after Gianni’s death cannot be overstated.

(The average American is more likely to associate the designer with Maya Rudolph’s “SNL” impersonation, chain-smoking and hurling cell phones across the room, than with her prowess in stabilizing a shaken empire.)

Ramírez, who broke out playing Carlos the Jackal in an award-winning 2010 biopic “Carlos,” said he spoke to several of Gianni’s living confidantes to prepare for the role. But Donatella herself did not cooperate with the filmmakers and slammed Orth’s book before the show premiered.

Murphy’s fellow producers Brad Simpson and Nina Jacobson told TheWrap earlier this year that they abided by her one request of them, which was to exclude her children from the narrative.

“Whatever they created was inevitable and related to who they were, their memories and their experiences,” Ramírez said of the siblings. “There was no difference between personal life and professional life.”

His Versace is a man obsessed, sketching into the night as his lover Antonio D’Amico (Ricky Martin) romps with a muscle boy on the four-poster bed in their now-infamous mansion. Still, the role contained landmines, including conflicting accounts of Versace’s life: In the show, Gianni suffers a grave and unnamed illness, which the Versace family vehemently denied was AIDS-related.

“There are a lot of contradicting accounts over whether he was HIV positive or not,” said Ramírez. “In the end, we decided to leave it open, because there’s no conclusive answer. Which, also, is pretty self-explanatory about the stigma then. That’s a statement in and of itself.”

Gianni’s passion and uncompromising creativity were always out of reach for Cunanan. When he shot himself in the head eight days after killing Versace, Cunanan became the final victim in a lose-lose tragedy that took half a dozen lives.

And for Judith Light, the most chilling thing about “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” is how preventable the events it depicts were. “This murder didn’t have to happen,” she said. “None of them did.”

Read more of TheWrap Emmy magazine’s Miniseries/Movies issue here.

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Darren Criss Performs Italian Version of ‘Gloria’ (Listen)

A sold-out crowd at the Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles got a treat when singer/songwriter Darren Criss’ performance of Laura Branigan’s 1982 hit pop song, “Gloria.” Pounding the keys of an old-fashioned upright piano, the f…

A sold-out crowd at the Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles got a treat when singer/songwriter Darren Criss’ performance of Laura Branigan’s 1982 hit pop song, “Gloria.” Pounding the keys of an old-fashioned upright piano, the former “Glee” star belted out the first half of the song in Italian to honor both “Gloria’s” songwriter […]

Ryan Murphy Ordered Darren Criss to Gain Weight for ‘Assassination of Gianni Versace’ (Video)

Darren Criss got to eat whatever he wanted to pack on a few pounds for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” But that wasn’t really a perk of the job so much as an order from creator Ryan Murphy — who promptly forgot the request not long after making it.

“Did you have to do different things physically?” Ellen DeGeneres asked the actor when he appeared on her show Thursday to talk about playing serial killer Andrew Cunanan in season 2 of the FX anthology series.

“Yeah, so because we see him so many different times in his life where, I mean I guess factually he kind of fluctuated in weight. Towards the end he gained a lot of weight, and when he was on the lamb, he lost a lot of it. But because it’s a television show we don’t have the luxury of being able to actually do these sort of changes. We just said forget about it.”

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“But, there was one point before we started shooting the pilot where he would have been a significant amount heavier than at least I was at the time. And I was asking Ryan, ‘How are we going to shoot this man? I don’t know how this is going to be possible.’”

Criss then started to do his best Murphy impression — but stopped himself because he’s under “strict orders” not to impersonate the producer. But did say that Murphy told him he needed to gain a certain amount of weight in a short period of time.

“So for a good week — and I’m a pretty healthy guy — I was like, ‘OK, great, I’m gonna drink a boatload of beer, eat like a dozen cheeseburgers a day. Basically being a college kid, cause had a carte blanche to be like — I was encouraged to live like a delinquent. And after three days I felt so sick. I was like, ‘I can’t do this.’ And I called Ryan and he like didn’t even remember. He’s like, ‘Oh, yeah, don’t worry about it, you don’t have to do that.’”

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Criss made a perplexed face before saying he probably shouldn’t have called him so he could continue living his “best worst life.”

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Darren Criss got to eat whatever he wanted to pack on a few pounds for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” But that wasn’t really a perk of the job so much as an order from creator Ryan Murphy — who promptly forgot the request not long after making it.

“Did you have to do different things physically?” Ellen DeGeneres asked the actor when he appeared on her show Thursday to talk about playing serial killer Andrew Cunanan in season 2 of the FX anthology series.

“Yeah, so because we see him so many different times in his life where, I mean I guess factually he kind of fluctuated in weight. Towards the end he gained a lot of weight, and when he was on the lamb, he lost a lot of it. But because it’s a television show we don’t have the luxury of being able to actually do these sort of changes. We just said forget about it.”

“But, there was one point before we started shooting the pilot where he would have been a significant amount heavier than at least I was at the time. And I was asking Ryan, ‘How are we going to shoot this man? I don’t know how this is going to be possible.'”

Criss then started to do his best Murphy impression — but stopped himself because he’s under “strict orders” not to impersonate the producer. But did say that Murphy told him he needed to gain a certain amount of weight in a short period of time.

“So for a good week — and I’m a pretty healthy guy — I was like, ‘OK, great, I’m gonna drink a boatload of beer, eat like a dozen cheeseburgers a day. Basically being a college kid, cause had a carte blanche to be like — I was encouraged to live like a delinquent. And after three days I felt so sick. I was like, ‘I can’t do this.’ And I called Ryan and he like didn’t even remember. He’s like, ‘Oh, yeah, don’t worry about it, you don’t have to do that.'”

Criss made a perplexed face before saying he probably shouldn’t have called him so he could continue living his “best worst life.”

Watch the clip above.

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‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace’s Darren Criss Searches For Humanity In Killer Andrew Cunanan

Perhaps surprisingly, preparing for the role of notorious real-life Gianni Versace killer Andrew Cunanan in FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story wasn’t such a terrifying leap for Darren Criss, despite his upbeat musical theate…

Perhaps surprisingly, preparing for the role of notorious real-life Gianni Versace killer Andrew Cunanan in FX's The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story wasn't such a terrifying leap for Darren Criss, despite his upbeat musical theater background. Formerly best known for his work on Ryan Murphy's Glee, Criss embraced this new, dark role, which not only brought him back into the Murphy fold, but gave him the chance to showcase his impressive acting…

Coachella 2018 Party Report: Darren Criss, Leo DiCaprio and Rihanna Bring Heat to the Desert (Photos)

This is so Andrew Cunanan. Darren Criss snaps a selfie at Republic Records and Dream Hotel’s party at a floating estate on Saturday afternoon.

This is so Andrew Cunanan. Darren Criss snaps a selfie at Republic Records and Dream Hotel’s party at a floating estate on Saturday afternoon.

On Saturday night, Neon Carnival returned with a new location but the same big star power. Chance the Rapper and Jhene Aiko caught up, while annual fixture Leo DiCaprio modified his disguise this year with some 3D glasses.

Rihanna touted her FentyXPuma summer collection at a Saturday afternoon party.

Back at Neon, Detroit Piston Blake Griffin was dressed for Halloween on the third day of his summer off season. On the right, the ageless Jamie Foxx protected his singing voice from the desert dust.

Rita Ora turned up at the Abolut Openhouse to perform her appropriately titled new single, “Proud”. Absolut’s space is an all-inclusive space, open to everybody, and aims to promote acceptance and inclusion. Ora’s been on a tear, performing with Kygo on Friday night after flying in from an event in Germany the night before.

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Republic and Dream had the craziest location for their event. This Zenyara estate has a VIP table surrounded by a lake – the best way to prevent table vultures. That helicopter reportedly belongs to the estate’s owner who performed a “fly over.”

We expect to see up-and-comer Kiana Lede on that Coachella poster next year. Here, she poses with Republic CEO Monte Lipman.

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Kash Doll entertained Republic’s guests.

EJ Johnson and Amber Rose illuminated the fashion scene at Neon, where Levi’s and Don Julio returned as the main sponsors for the bash that went until 4 a.m. Sunday morning.

Neon had a new location at the HITS Desert Horse Park, but largely looked the same as in year’s past – 8,000 celebs, social media stars, Hollywood gatekeepers, and other levers of the celebrity industrial complex getting loose after Beyonce finished.

French Montana (left) has no fear. He was out at Neon even though he had a key slot in the Sahara tent still to come on Sunday night.  On the right, Chainsmoker Drew Taggart, who said he was just in town to hang out and wasnt working at all this weekend.

A$AP Rocky was one of many hip hop artists to perform on the first day of #REVOLVEFestival, one of the largest and most fashion-packed daytime soirees.

Chef Adam Perry Lang is smart. Before opening his Hollywood steakhouse APL next month, he brought his messy BBQ to cater Interscope’s Saturday afternoon cookout. He also made an organic partnership with Kleenex, for those who are not inclined to finger-lick barbecue sauce.

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This is so Andrew Cunanan. Darren Criss snaps a selfie at Republic Records and Dream Hotel’s party at a floating estate on Saturday afternoon.

This is so Andrew Cunanan. Darren Criss snaps a selfie at Republic Records and Dream Hotel’s party at a floating estate on Saturday afternoon.

On Saturday night, Neon Carnival returned with a new location but the same big star power. Chance the Rapper and Jhene Aiko caught up, while annual fixture Leo DiCaprio modified his disguise this year with some 3D glasses.

Rihanna touted her FentyXPuma summer collection at a Saturday afternoon party.

Back at Neon, Detroit Piston Blake Griffin was dressed for Halloween on the third day of his summer off season. On the right, the ageless Jamie Foxx protected his singing voice from the desert dust.

Rita Ora turned up at the Abolut Openhouse to perform her appropriately titled new single, “Proud”. Absolut’s space is an all-inclusive space, open to everybody, and aims to promote acceptance and inclusion. Ora’s been on a tear, performing with Kygo on Friday night after flying in from an event in Germany the night before.

Republic and Dream had the craziest location for their event. This Zenyara estate has a VIP table surrounded by a lake – the best way to prevent table vultures. That helicopter reportedly belongs to the estate’s owner who performed a “fly over.”

We expect to see up-and-comer Kiana Lede on that Coachella poster next year. Here, she poses with Republic CEO Monte Lipman.

Kash Doll entertained Republic’s guests.

EJ Johnson and Amber Rose illuminated the fashion scene at Neon, where Levi’s and Don Julio returned as the main sponsors for the bash that went until 4 a.m. Sunday morning.

Neon had a new location at the HITS Desert Horse Park, but largely looked the same as in year’s past – 8,000 celebs, social media stars, Hollywood gatekeepers, and other levers of the celebrity industrial complex getting loose after Beyonce finished.

French Montana (left) has no fear. He was out at Neon even though he had a key slot in the Sahara tent still to come on Sunday night.  On the right, Chainsmoker Drew Taggart, who said he was just in town to hang out and wasnt working at all this weekend.

A$AP Rocky was one of many hip hop artists to perform on the first day of #REVOLVEFestival, one of the largest and most fashion-packed daytime soirees.

Chef Adam Perry Lang is smart. Before opening his Hollywood steakhouse APL next month, he brought his messy BBQ to cater Interscope’s Saturday afternoon cookout. He also made an organic partnership with Kleenex, for those who are not inclined to finger-lick barbecue sauce.

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