MJ Rodríguez, Michael Cimino & Other Latine Talent Honored at 2021 Imagen Awards

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Latine talent in the film and TV industry were honored at the 36th annual Imagen Awards Sunday night (October 10) with Netflix’s drama Ya No Estoy Aquí (I’m No Longer Here) winning three awards, including Best Feature Film. Remezcla named Ya No Estoy Aquí one of the best Latine films of last year.

The film also picked up wins for Best Director – Feature Film for Fernando Frías de la Parra and Best Music Supervision for Film or TV for Joe Rodríguez and Javier Nuño.

On the television front, the Best Primetime Program awards went to FX’s Pose in the drama category and Hulu’s Love, Victor for comedy. Pose also won Best Actress – Television (Drama) for Michaela Jaé Rodriguez while Love, Victor scored a win for Michael Cimino for Best Actor – Television (Comedy).

Oscar nominee Demián Bichir won Best Actor – Feature Film for his role in the drama Land and the Best Actress – Feature Film award went to Aubrey Plaza for her role in Black Bear. Late last year, Plaza told Remezcla that she felt Black Bear “push[ed] the limits on structure” in the same way as films like Adaptation and Mulholland Drive.

During his virtual acceptance speech, Bichir thanked the Imagen Foundation for the “fantastic surprise” and dedicated the award to his team and everyone that made Land possible, including director Robin Wright who Bichir lovingly referred to as “güera.”

Other top awards went to JD Pardo (Best Actor – Television Drama) for Mayans M.C., Barbie Ferreira (Best Actress – Television Comedy) for Unpregnant and Tanya Saracho (Best Director – Television) for Vida. Saracho was also presented with the Norman Lear Writer’s Award.

Here is the complete list of Imagen Award winners:

Best Feature Film: Ya No Estoy Aquí/I’m No Longer Here (Netflix)

Best Director – Feature Film: Fernando Frías De La Parra, Ya No Estoy Aquí/I’m No Longer Here (Netflix)

Best Actor – Feature Film: Demián Bichir, Land (Focus Features)

Best Actress – Feature Film: Aubrey Plaza, Black Bear (Momentum Pictures)

Best Primetime Program – Drama: Pose (FX)

Best Primetime Program – Comedy: Love, Victor (Hulu)

Best Primetime Program – Special or Movie: One Day at a Time – Animated Special (PopTV)

Best Director – Television: Tanya Saracho, Vida (STARZ

Best Actor – Television (Drama): JD Pardo, Mayans M.C. (FX)

Best Actress – Television (Drama): Mj Rodriguez, Pose (FX)

Best Actor – Television (Comedy): Michael Cimino, Love, Victor (Hulu)

Best Actress – Television (Comedy): Barbie Ferreira, Unpregnant (HBO Max)

Best Supporting Actor – Television (Drama): Colman Domingo, Euphoria Special: Part 1 Rue: “Trouble Don’t Last Always” (HBO)

Best Supporting Actress – Television (Drama): Morena Baccarin, The Twilight Zone (Paramount+)

Best Supporting Actor – Television (Comedy): Harvey Guillén, What We Do in The Shadows (FX)

Best Supporting Actress – Television (Comedy): Diana Maria Riva, Dead to Me (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)

Best Variety or Reality Show: (TIE) A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt at The Soraya (PBS) and Shine True (Fuse)

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)

Best Music Supervision for Film or Television: Joe Rodríguez & Javier Nuño, Ya No Estoy Aquí/I’m No Longer Here (Netflix)

Best Documentary: (TIE) Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (Netflix) and POV: The Infiltrators (PBS)

Best Informational Program: Street Food: Latin America (Netflix)

Best Short Film: UNLADYLIKE2020: Jovita Idar (PBS American Masters)

Best Commercial Advertisement or Social Awareness Campaign: Latinos Are Essential (Latino Public Broadcasting and PBS)

The Norman Lear Writer’s Award: Tanya Saracho, Vida