The Critics’ Choice Association (CCA) has announced the first annual celebration of Latino cinema, to be held in Dec December. The event will honor Latino personalities who have made significant contributions to the film in 2021.
In the practically presented event, Rita Moreno will receive the Icon Award. Her documentary “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Eat for It,” premiered earlier this year, and she also appeared and produced the adaptation premiere of executive Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” on December 10th. Visionary Award. The film adaptation of his Broadway musical “In the Heights” was released earlier this year, and he wrote the lyrics for the Disney animated film “Encanto”, which premiered in December. Actor Damien Beachy will receive the Career Achievement Award in recognition of the tenth anniversary of “A Better Life”, the film that made him one of only four Latinos to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Additional honorees will be announced next week.
“We are thrilled to launch the first annual celebration of Latino Cinema, which recognizes talented actors and skilled professionals who make acclaimed films that we are proud to honor,” said Claudia Puig, co-programmer and CCA member of the show.
“Our esteemed films represent a diverse and versatile Latino community and reflect our growing inclusive art,” said Clayton Davis. Diversity Film awards editor, CCA board member and event co-programmer.
The celebration of Latino cinema will be created by Madeline Hammond and Javier Infant of Madeline Hammond & Associates. The production company Stage will lead the virtual presentation of the show.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to LA Colab, a group that accelerates Latino access, visibility and representation in the entertainment industry.