Critic’s Choice association names celebration of Latin cinema laureates


The Critics’ Choice Association has announced the winners and presenters for the first celebration of Latin cinema, which will take place virtually on December 9 at 5:30 p.m. PT / 8:30 p.m. ET. Writer, producer, actress and actress Cristela Alonzo will host the event.

The director’s award will go to Reinaldo Marcus Green, director of “King Richard”, the biopic starring Will Smith as Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena Williams. The award will be Aunjanue Ellis, who plays Oracene, the mother of Venus and Serena in the film.

Clifton Collins Jr. will receive the Acting Award for playing the role of Jackson Silva in Clint Bentley’s drama “Jockey”. The role also earned him a Sundance Special Jury Award in 2021. Don Cheadle will present the award.

Olga Merediz will receive the Actress Award for playing Abuela Claudia in Jon M. Chu’s film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights”. Merediz is the originator of the role in the musical. Chu will present the award.

Eugenio Derbez will receive the Supporting Actor Award for his role as Bernardo Villalobos in Sian Heder’s “CODA”, which follows the hearing girl from a deaf family. The award ceremony will be Eva Longoria.

The film music award will go to the creative team behind Netflix’s animated musical “Vivo”, which includes Gloria Estefan, Alex Lacamoire, Juan de Marcos, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ynairaly Simo. Andy Garcia will present the award.

Tatiana Huezo will receive the International Film Award for her latest feature film “Prayers for the Stolen”, which is Mexico’s international candidacy for the 2021 Oscars. The award will be Gregory Nava.

Natalie Morales will receive a special honored award. In 2020, she directed her first two feature films: the teen comedy “Plan B” for Hulu, starring Kuhoo Verma and Victoria Moroles, and “Language Lessons,” which Morales co-wrote and co-starred with Mark Duplass. Michaela Watkins will present the award.

As previously announced, Rita Moreno will receive the Icon Award, Demián Bichir will receive the Career Excellence Award and Lin-Manuel Miranda will receive the Visionary Award. Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan presented the icon award. The Career Excellence Award will be presented by Chris Weitz. The visionary award will be presented by Robin de Jesús.

“We are deeply honored to present these awards to such a distinguished group of iconic artists and are delighted to celebrate Latin cinema for this inaugural awards event,” said Claudia Puig and Variety‘s Clayton Davis, CCA members and co-programmers of the event. “We applaud the Critics Choice Association for showcasing the countless contributions of these outstanding Latino performances. ”


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