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The Americans and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Win at Golden Globes

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The Americans and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Win at Golden Globes

The Americans Showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields thanked "the best crew in the universe" while accepting the award for Best Television Series – Drama

The Americans got the send-off it deserved at the 2019 Golden Globes when the FX drama series took home one of the biggest TV awards of the night: Best Television Series – Drama.

Once onstage, Showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields thanked the "incredible cast"—including Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, both of whom were nominated in the acting categories—the team of writers, directors, editors and "the best crew in the universe." He also took the time to thank The Americans' "amazing fans."

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Backstage, Executive Producer and Director Chris Long talked about how much everyone missed being together since production ended in early 2018.

"The absolute camaraderie of being together every day…that’s really what you miss," Long said. "It’s the day-to-day-ness of it. It’s everything about being around such a creative force."

Also winning gold on Sunday evening was The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. Darren Criss, who previously won an Emmy for his performance as Andrew Cunanan, nabbed the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series. Additionally, the program was honored with Best Television Limited Series. During his acceptance speech, Executive Producer Brad Simpson praised the legacy of the legendary fashion designer.

"Gianni Versace was one of very few public figures who was out during a time of intense fear and hate," Simpson said. "Those forces of hate and fear are still with us — they tell us we should be scared of people who were 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 who are new voices to tell stories that haven’t been told." 

When speaking to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association about The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Executive Producer and Director Ryan Murphy was proud to have the platform to send a message about the incredibly relevant themes of the series.

"In my experience, the Golden Globes always shines the light on topics and people and themes that I feel need to be illuminated," he said. "So for us to get on a stage like that and remind [the audience] that the very thing that we made that was a period piece, we are still fighting for today. I think that's incredibly powerful and a privilege."