Critics Choice Association to Present Inaugural Latino Cinema Celebration

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Rita Moreno and Lin-Manuel Miranda will be among the honorees today at the Critics Choice Association's inaugural Celebration of Latino Cinema, honoring those who made ``significant contributions to film in 2021.''  

Moreno -- an Emmy-, Grammy-, Oscar- and Tony-award winning actress -- will receive an Icon Award during the event, while songwriter, actor and director Miranda will receive a Visionary Award.  

Also being honored during the ceremony will be Demian 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.''  

``King Richard'' director Reinaldo Marcus Green will receive the Director Award, with ``King Richard'' actress Aunjanue Ellis presenting the honor. Clifton Collins Jr. will receive the Actor Award for his work in the film ``Jockey,'' with actor Don Cheadle presenting. Olga 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.''  

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.

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