PASADENA, CA – February 5, 2013 – The National Hispanic Media Coalition, NHMC, has confirmed two more honorees for its 16th Annual Impact Awards Gala on Friday, February 22, in Beverly Hills, California. John Leguizamo and Michael Peña will be joining the red carpet at the star-studded event that already includes onscreen talents Mario Lopez, Morena Baccarin, Lana Parrilla and Gina Torres.
The NHMC Gala is one of the premiere Latino entertainment events in the country, recognizing outstanding contributions to the positive portrayal of Latinos in media. NHMC’s President and CEO, Alex Nogales, will host four hundred of the most influential persons in Hollywood when it comes to advancing Latino talent in Hollywood. “We are happy to announce the addition of John Leguizamo and Michael Peña to our list of honorees. These fine actors and entrepreneurs represent some of our greatest performers in film, television and theater,” Nogales remarked.
Emmy Award winning John Leguizamo will receive the award for Outstanding Theatrical Performance for his return to Broadway in his solo show Ghetto Klown. Leguizamo’s notable career defies categorization as it spans the genres of film, theatre, television, literature, and beyond. As a writer and performer he created the Broadway sensations Mambo Mouth, Spic-o-Rama, Freak, and Sexaholix…A Love Story all of which attracted much fanfare and critical acclaim. His film credits include The Lincoln Lawyer opposite Matthew McConaughey, Love in the Time of Cholera opposite Javier Bardem and Benjamin Bratt, The Happening opposite Mark Wahlberg, Righteous Kill opposite Robert Deniro and Al Pacino, The Babysitters opposite Cynthia Nixon and The Take opposite Rosie Perez as well as Miracle at St. Anna, Land of the Dead, The Groomsmen, Lies & Alibis, Assault on Precinct 13, Sueño, Spin, Moulin Rouge, Summer of Sam, King of the Jungle, Spawn, William Shakespeare’s Romeo+Juliet, Dr. Doolittle, Carlito’s Way, and Casualties of War. He presently delights younger fans as the voice of Syd in Ice Age 1, 2, and 3.
Actor Michael Peña will be receiving the Outstanding Performance in a Motion Picture
award for his role as Officer Zavala in the critically-acclaimed film End of Watch. The film is about two young officers in South Central LA who are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel during a routine traffic stop. Peña garnered an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his role. His film credits include playing Daniel the locksmith in the Oscar winning film Crash, and he can currently be seen on the big screen in the ensemble feature Gangster Squad opposite Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling. Later this year he will be seen portraying civil rights leader and labor organizer, Cesar Chavez, in the film Chavez, directed by Diego Luna.
Previously announced honorees include Mario Lopez, host of Fox’s X-Factor and the nationally syndicated EXTRA, with the award Outstanding Media Entrepreneur, and the following actresses for Outstanding Performance in a Television Series: Morena Baccarin for her performance in Showtime’s Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning series,
Homeland; Lana Parrilla for her role as the Evil Queen / Mayor Regina Mills in ABC’s Once Upon a Time; and television and film actress Gina Torres for her role as Jessica Pearson on USA’s Suits.
Extended talent biographies and head shots provided upon request.
More information about the 16th Annual Impact Awards Gala can be found here.
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The National Hispanic Media Coalition is a non-partisan, non-profit, media advocacy and civil rights organization established in 1986 in Los Angeles, California. Its mission is to educate and influence media corporations on the importance of including U.S. Latinos at all levels of employment. It augments the pool of Latino talent with its professional development programs. It challenges media that carelessly exploit negative Latino stereotypes. It scrutinizes and opines on media and telecommunications policy issues. Learn more at http://www.nhmc.org. Receive real-time updates on Facebook and Twitter @NHMC.
The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a 35-year-old non-profit organization that builds bridges, creates opportunities, resources, and connects Latinx talent with the entertainment industry.