Ryan Murphy Dedicates “Assassination of Gianni Versace” Emmy to LGBTQ Hate Crime Victims

The FX drama won three Emmys during tonight's broadcast, including Directing, Lead Actor, and Outstanding Limited Series.

At tonight’s 70th annual Primetime Emmys, the critically acclaimed second season of American Crime Story, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, walked away with three statues, including Best Directing for a Limited Series (Ryan Murphy), Lead Actor (Darren Criss)—and Outstanding Limited Series.

While accepting the award for Outstanding Limited Series, executive producer Ryan Murphy dedicated the award to the LGBTQ community, and the victims of hate crimes:

The Assassination of Gianni Versace is about many things, it’s about homophobia, internalized and externalized, it’s about a country that allows hatred to grow unfeathered and unchecked,” Murphy said during his speech. “One out of every four LGBTQ people in this country will be a victim of a hate crime. We dedicate this award to them, we dedicate this award to awareness.”

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The second season of the FX series received a total of 18 Emmy nominations this year, and walked with seven awards. In addition to three during tonight’s broadcast, it also won for makeup, hairstyling, contemporary costumes, and casting for a limited series, at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys.

Criss won Lead Actor in a Limited Series for his portrayal of Andrew Cunanan in The Assassination of Gianni Versace, and he said that accepting the award was the “most extraordinary moment of my life thus far.”

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