Hollywood Critics Association’s Announces 2021 Honorees

4th Annual HCA Awards Ceremony Will Be Held March 5, 2021

The first list of honorees has been released by the Hollywood Critics Association (HCA), as the 4th Annual HCA Awards Ceremony will take place on March 5, 2021 in Los Angeles.

The honorees include Kiera Allen, Nicole Beharie, Jo Ellen Pellman, Sidney Flanigan, Cristin Milioti, Aubrey Plaza, Paul Raci, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Dante Spinotti.

The HCA presents a variety of honorary awards every year, which highlights actors, artisans, and filmmakers with remarkable work, which call for recognition. The HCA’s Vice-Chair Ashley Menzel states, “even in this strange and unusual year, there is so much to celebrate in terms of achievements in cinema. 2020 offered the world a wide variety of films with a big focus on inclusivity and underrepresented voices.”

Existing as an organization, the HCA’s mission is to be inclusive with the talent they work with every year, not leaving their membership behind. The HCA Chairman Scott Menzel points out, “when you hear about the lack of representation in the entertainment industry, that is something that we as an organization take very seriously. This organization has always taken great pride in being inclusive since day one. We believe that natural inclusivity has always been and will continue to be reflective in all of our nominees, winners, and honorees.”

Dante Spinotti is a two-time Oscar nominated cinematographer, set to receive the first award for the HCA as “Timeless Award,” in similarity to the Lifetime Achievement Award. Being honored with a Breakthrough Performance Actor is the Sound of Metal’s Paul Raci, following Cristin Milioti as she will receive Breakthrough Performance Actress from her role in Palm Springs, a Neon and Hulu’s existential comedy.  

The Acting Achievement Award this year, will be given to Aubrey Plaza for the Momentum Picture’s Black Bear, after her tour-de-force performance. Also receiving this year’s Game-Changer Award is Nicole Beharie after performing in Channing Godfrey Peoples’ Miss Juneteenth. BothTrent Reznor and Atticus Ross, being amongst the most memorable scores in 2020, the two Academy Award winning composers will receive the Artisan Achievement Award, honoring their work on Pixar’s Soul followed by Netflix’s Mank.

“There was no shortage of great performances in 2020 and we are pleased to be able to highlight some of the spectacular new talents,” states HCA President Nestor Bentancor, as they will continue last year’s tradition of celebrating and highlighting new or up and coming actor’s work for the HCA special honors. The star of Eliza Hittman’s critically acclaimed Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Sidney Flanigan will receive the HCA’s Standout Performance by an Actor or Actress 23 or Under Award. Receiving the Spotlight Award (formerly known as the Newcomer Award) is Run star Kiera Allen, following the Star on the Rise Award for Jo Ellen Pellman, who stars as Emma Nolan in Ryan Murphy’s film adaption of The Prom.

Announcing mid-January will be the recipients of The Filmmakers on the Rise, Artisan on the Rise, Filmmaker Achievement, Trailblazer, and Inspire Award. The HCA Awards’ full list of nominations will be unveiled on February 2, 2021, following the winners being announced on March 5, 2021 ceremony.

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Tatiana Ramirez

Tatiana Ramirez, also known as Tatis Iolani, is a bilingual Mexican-American with additional basic knowledge of Mandarin. She is currently studying at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) to complete her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in Broadcast. Her expected graduation date is in the Fall of 2022. Tatis has already received an Associate of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from Los Angeles Mission College. While completing her Associates Degree, she worked for two semesters hosting her own biweekly segment at Los Angeles Valley College KVCM Monarch Radio. During her time at KVCM, she was able to secure interviews with Latin Boy Band CNCO and Yashua Camacho. In the future she sees herself interviewing celebrities on the various color carpets, hosting live segments on the radio, and covering movie premieres and album releases. As someone who grew up in the San Fernando Valley, she aspires to be a source of inspiration and motivation for the people in her community. She currently hosts a podcast, “Tatis Iolani: You Never Know Con Que Te Va A Sorprender,” (You Never What/Who She'll Surprise You With Next,) where she interviews surprise guests for both Spanish-speaking and English-speaking audiences. She is a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), National Association of Hispanic Journalist (NAHJ) and the Alliance of Women in Entertainment at CSUN.

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