The 2021 Imagen Awards were announced this evening during a live-streamed ceremony exclusively on PBSSoCal.org and KCET.org. The awards were hosted by Aida Rodriguez (Last Comic Standing), Chuey Martinez (Dish Nation), Isabella Gomez (One Day at a Time), and Karrie Martin Lachney (Gentefied) and recognized Latinas and Latinos in the entertainment industry who work both in front of and behind the camera.
The theme of this year’s Imagen Awards is “A Celebration of Our Community: Diverse, Talented, and United.” Each year the Imagen Awards recognizes an array of Latino talent by honoring and celebrating ground-breaking performances, storytelling, and powerful diverse programs.
This year’s Imagen Award winners include Netflix’s Ya No Estoy Aquí (I’m No Longer Here) for both Best Feature Film and Best Director, Hulu’s Love Victor for Best Comedy Primetime Program and Best Actor Michael Cimino, and FX’s Pose for Best Drama Primetime Program and Best Actress Mj Rodriguez.
The Norman Lear Writer’s Award was presented to playwright and television writer Tanya Saracho. Saracho is the creator, showrunner, and executive producer of the critically acclaimed series on Starz, Vida.
The Awards Show also featured special musical performances by artists Bomba Yemaya, Las Cafeteras, Las Colibrí, Ally Brooke, and Grammy Award winners Ozomatli.
The 36th Annual Imagen Awards winners were determined by an independent panel of entertainment industry executives and Latina and Latino community leaders.
Best Feature Film: Ya No Estoy Aquí / I’m No Longer Here (Netflix; Panorama Global for Netflix)
Best Director – Feature Film: Fernando Frías De La Parra, Ya No Estoy Aquí / I’m No Longer Here (Netflix; Panorama Global for Netflix)
Best Actor – Feature Film: Demián Bichir, Land (Focus Features / a Big Beach Production / Flashlight Films)
Best Actress – Feature Film: Aubrey Plaza, Black Bear (Momentum Pictures, an Entertainment One Company; Tandem Pictures, Oakhurst Entertainment & Blue Creek Pictures, in association with Productivity Media and Radiant Films International)
Best Primetime Program – Drama: Pose (FX; 20th Television)
Best Primetime Program – Comedy: Love, Victor (Hulu; Hulu, 20th Television, Temple Hill)
Best Primetime Program – Special or Movie: One Day at a Time – Animated Special (PopTV; Sony Pictures Television, Act III, Snowpants Productions, GloNation)
Best Director – Television: Tanya Saracho, Vida (STARZ; Big Beach and Chingona Productions in association with Starz Originals)
Best Actor – Television (Drama): JD Pardo, Mayans M.C. (FX Networks; 20th Television and FX Productions)
Best Actress – Television (Drama): Mj Rodriguez, Pose (FX; 20th Television)
Best Actor – Television (Comedy): Michael Cimino, Love, Victor (Hulu; Hulu, 20th Television, Temple Hill)
Best Actress – Television (Comedy): Barbie Ferreira, Unpregnant (HBO Max; HBO Max presents a WarnerMax / PictureStart / Berlanti / Schechter Films production)
Best Supporting Actor – Television (Drama): Colman Domingo, Euphoria Special: Part 1 Rue: “Trouble Don’t Last Always” (HBO; HBO in association with Reasonable Bunch, A24, Little Lamb, Dreamcrew, ADD Content Agency | HOT | Tedy Productions)
Best Supporting Actress – Television (Drama): Morena Baccarin, The Twilight Zone (Paramount+; CBS Studios in association with Monkeypaw Productions and Genre Films)
Best Supporting Actor – Television (Comedy): Harvey Guillén, What We Do In The Shadows (FX; FX Productions)
Best Supporting Actress – Television (Comedy): Diana Maria Riva, Dead to Me (Netflix; CBS Television Studios for Netflix)
Best Young Actor – Television: Madison Reyes, Julie and the Phantoms (Netflix)
Best Voice-Over Actor – Television: Justina Machado, One Day at a Time – Animated Special (PopTV; Sony Pictures Television, Act III, Snowpants Productions, GloNation)
Best Variety or Reality Show: TIE
- A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt at The Soraya (PBS; KCET and The Soraya)
- Shine True (Fuse; Vice Studios, OUTtv Canada, Fuse Media)
Best Young Adult Programming: Julie and the Phantoms (Netflix)
Best Youth Programming: The Casagrandes (Nickelodeon)
Best Music Composition for Film or Television: Cristobal Tapia de Veer, The Third Day (HBO; HBO in association with Sky Studios, Plan B, and Punchdrunk)
Best Music Supervision for Film or Television: Joe Rodríguez & Javier Nuño, Ya No Estoy Aquí / I’m No Longer Here (Netflix; Panorama Global for Netflix)
Best Documentary: TIE
- Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (Netflix; A Netflix Original Documentary / A Muck Media Production in Association with Key Rat, Inc. & Topic Studios)
- POV: The Infiltrators (PBS; American Documentary | POV, Pueblo Sight & Sound, Chicago Media Project, Naked Edge Film, 3DMC, Baked Studios, The National Day Laborer Organizing Network)
Best Informational Program: Street Food: Latin America (Netflix; Boardwalk Pictures for Netflix)
Best Short Film: UNLADYLIKE2020: Jovita Idar (PBS American Masters; Unladylike Productions LLC in association with The WNET Group’s American Masters.)
Best Commercial Advertisement or Social Awareness Campaign: Latinos Are Essential (Latino Public Broadcasting; PBS)