“King Richard” director Reinaldo Marcus Green, actor Clifton Collins Jr. and actress Olga Merediz were among the honorees named Monday for the Critics Choice Association’s inaugural Celebration of Latino Cinema.
Green will receive the Director Award during the Dec. 9 virtual event, with “King Richard” actress Aunjanue Ellis presenting the honor. Green will receive the Actor Award for his work in the upcoming film “Jockey,” with actor Don Cheadle presenting. Merediz will receive the Actress Award for her work in the film adaptation of “In the Heights,” reprising a role she originated on stage. Jon M. Chu will present Merediz’s award.
Eugenio Derbez will receive the Supporting Actor Award for his work in “CODA,” while the creative team behind Netflix’s “Vivo” — Gloria Estefan, Alex Lacamoire, Juan de Marcos, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ynairaly Simo — will receive the Film Music Award.
Filmmaker Tatiana Huezo will receive the International Film Award for her film “Prayers for the Stolen.” Actor/director/writer Natalie Morales will receive a Special Honoree Award, recognizing her recent films “Plan B” and “Language Lessons.”
The event is designed to honor those who made “significant contributions to film in 2021.”
The Critics Choice Association announced previously that Rita Moreno — an Emmy-, Grammy-, Oscar- and Tony-winning actress — will receive an Icon Award during the event, while songwriter, actor and director Lin-Manuel Miranda will receive a Visionary Award.
Also being honored during the ceremony will be Demián Bichir, one of only four Latino actors to be nominated for a best-actor Oscar. Bichir will receive a Career Achievement Award, which will also honor the 10th anniversary of his Oscar-nominated role in the film “A Better Life.”
A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to LA Collab, which works to bolster Latino access, visibility and representation in the entertainment industry.