The Latino Entertainment Journalists Association (LEJA) announced today the film nominees for the third annual Latino Entertainment Film Awards. The winners will be revealed via the LEJA social media channels, @LEJALatino, on Sunday, March 7 beginning at 12:00 pm ET / 9:00 am PT.
“It’s been an extremely difficult year for our industry and our Latinx community,” said LEJA Founder and President Clayton Davis. “While we are honored to highlight the stunning achievements from this cinematic year, our underserved and undervalued people have faced unprecedented challenges. The beautiful and extraordinary films are pieces of art and we share in their celebration.”
“It’s also incredibly important that the same diversity we are beginning to see in our entertainment medium be adopted in the journalism industry. It is the responsibility of the studios, and their partner publications, to seek, hire and welcome more Latinx voices onto the pages of their magazines and websites. Another vibrant and inclusive year is ahead of us, and we hope to no longer be overlooked.”
This year’s film nominees are led by Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which earned an impressive 10 nominations including best picture, best actor for Chadwick Boseman, best actress for Viola Davis, best supporting actor for Colman Domingo, and best adapted screenplay for Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Meanwhile director Chloé Zhao tied for the most individual nominations for directing, writing, producing and editing Searchlight Pictures’ Nomadland, the most for any woman in the history of LEJA.
In the studio tally, Netflix leads with a total of 42 nominations with Amazon Studios nabbing an impressive 14 total.
Rosie Perez will receive the Rita Moreno Lifetime Achievement Award and Ariana DeBose will receive the Latino Breakout of the Year Award.
See all the nominees here.