The 3rd Annual LEJA Nominees Have Been Announced


Viola Davis in ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’.


Winners Will Be announced Via @LEJALatino Social Platforms on Sunday, March 7 beginning at 12:00 PM ET

(New York, NY – March 3, 2021) – 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 on Sunday, March 7 beginning at 12:00 pm ET / 9:00 am PT.

This year’s film nominees are led by Netflix’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” from director George C. Wolfe, 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, best-adapted screenplay for Ruben Santiago-Hudson, best ensemble casting, best production and set design, best costume design, best hair and makeup and best sound.

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. Jayro Bustamante was nominated for best picture, director, original screenplay and international feature.

In the studio tally, Netflix leads with a total of 42 nominations with Amazon Studios nabbing an impressive 14 total.

“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.”

It was also announced that Academy Award nominee Rosie Perez is the recipient of the 2021 Rita Moreno Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2021 Latino Activism Award, the first person to receive both prizes in the same year. Perez had a starring role in Cathy Yan’s “Birds of Prey” from earlier in 2020. Breakout performer Ariana DeBose will be honored with the 2021 Latino Activism Award after starring in Disney Plus “Hamilton” and Netflix’s “The Prom.”

Best Picture

“I Carry You with Me” (Sony Pictures Classics) – Mynette Louie, Heidi Ewing, Gabriela Maire, Edher Campos

“Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros) – Ryan Coogler, Charles D. King, Shaka King

“La Llorona” (Shudder) – Jayro Bustamante, Gustavo Matheu

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix) – Todd Black, Denzel Washington, Dany Wolf

“Minari” (A24) – Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Christina Oh

“Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures) – Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey, Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Chloe Zhao

“One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios) – Jess Wu Calder, Keith Calder, Jody Klein

“Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features) – Ben Browning, Emerald Fennell, Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley, Josey McNamara, Ashley Fox

“Soul” (Pixar) – Dana Murray

“The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix) – Stuart M. Besser, Matt Jackson, Marc Platt, Tyler Thompson

Best Director

Jayro Bustamante, “La Llorona” (Shudder)

Lee Isaac Chung, “Minari” (A24)

Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)

Regina King, “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios)

Kelly Reichardt, “First Cow” (A24)

Chloe Zhao, “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)

Best Actor

Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios)

Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)

Armando Espitia, “I Carry You With Me” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Anthony Hopkins, “The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Delroy Lindo, “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix)

Steven Yeun, “Minari” (A24)

Best Actress

Nicole Beharie, “Miss Juneteenth” (Vertical Entertainment)

Viola Davis, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)

Andra Day, “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” (Hulu)

Vanessa Kirby, “Pieces of a Woman” (Netflix)

Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)

Aubrey Plaza, “Black Bear” (Momentum Pictures)

Best Supporting Actor

Kingsley Ben-Adir, “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios)

Sacha Baron Cohen, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)

Colman Domingo, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)

Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros)

Leslie Odom, Jr., “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios)

Paul Raci, “Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios)

Best Supporting Actress

Maria Bakalova, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (Amazon Studios)

Sônia Braga, “Bacurau” (Kino Lorber)

Ellen Burstyn, “Pieces of a Woman” (Netflix)

Olivia Colman, “The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Dominique Fishback, “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros)

Yuh-Jung Youn, “Minari” (A24)

Best Voice or Motion Capture Performance

Cathy Ang, “Over the Moon” (Netflix)

Alice Braga, “Soul” (Pixar)

Tina Fey, “Soul” (Pixar)

Jamie Foxx, “Soul” (Pixar)

Tom Holland, “Onward” (Pixar)

Phillipa Soo, “Over the Moon” (Netflix)

Best Animated Feature

“On-Gaku: Our Sound” (GKIDS) – Kenji Iwaisawa

“Onward” (Pixar) – Dan Scanlon

“Over the Moon” (Netflix) – Glen Keane, John Kahrs

“Soul” (Pixar) – Pete Docter, Kemp Powers

“Wolfwalkers” (Apple TV Plus/GKIDS) – Tomm Moore, Ross Stewar

“The Wolf House” (Kimstim Films) – Cristobal León, Joaquín Cociña

Best International Feature

“Another Round” (Denmark) – Thomas Vinterberg

“Bacurau” (Portugal) – Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles

“I Carry You with Me” (Mexico) – Heidi Ewing

“I’m No Longer Here” (Mexico) – Fernando Frias de la Parra

“La Llorona” (Guatemala) – Jayro Bustamante

“Minari” (USA) – Lee Isaac Chung

Best Documentary Feature

“Boys State” (A24/Apple TV Plus) – Jesse Moss, Amanda McBaine

“Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” (Netflix) – Nicole Newnham, James Lebrecht

“Dick Johnson Is Dead” (Netflix) – Kirsten Johnson

“MLK/FBI” (IFC Films) – Sam Pollard

“Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado” (Netflix) – Cristina Costantini Kareem Tabsch

“Time” (Amazon Studios) – Garrett Bradley

Best Original Screenplay

“The Forty-Year-Old Version” (Netflix) – Radha Blank

“Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros) – Will Berson, Shaka King, Keith Lucas, Kenneth Lucas

“La Llorona” (Shudder) – Jayro Bustamante

“Minari” (A24) – Lee Isaac Chung

“Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features) – Emerald Fennell

“The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix) – Aaron Sorkin

Best Adapted Screenplay

“The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics) – Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller

“First Cow” (A24) – Jonathan Raymond, Kelly Reichardt

“I’m Thinking of Ending Things” (Netflix) – Charlie Kaufman

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix) – Ruben Santiago-Hudson

“Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures) – Chloe Zhao

“One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios) – Kemp Powers

Best Ensemble Casting

“Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix)

“Hamilton” (Disney Plus)

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)

“Minari” (A24)

“One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios)

“The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)

Best Production & Set Design

“Emma.” (Focus Features)

“The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics)

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)

“Mank” (Netflix)

“Mulan” (Walt Disney Pictures)

“Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)

Best Cinematography

“First Cow” (A24)

“I’m No Longer Here” (Netflix)

“La Llorona” (Shudder)

“Mank” (Netflix)

“Minari” (A24)

“Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)

Best Costume Design

“Emma.” (Focus Features)

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)

“Mank” (Netflix)

“Mulan” (Walt Disney Pictures)

“One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios)

“Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)

Best Editing

“The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics)

“Mank” (Netflix)

“The Mole Agent” (Gravitas Ventures)

“Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)

“Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios)

“The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)

Best Hair and Makeup

“Birds of Prey” (Warner Bros)

“Emma.” (Focus Features)

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)

“Mulan” (Walt Disney Pictures)

“Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)

“The United States vs. Billie Holiday” (Hulu)

Best Sound

“La Llorona” (Shudder)

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)

“Mank” (Netflix)

“Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios)

“Soul” (Pixar)

“Tenet” (Warner Bros)

Best Visual Effects

“The Invisible Man” (Universal Pictures)

“Mank” (Netflix)

“The Midnight Sky” (Netflix)

“Mulan” (Walt Disney Pictures)

“Tenet” (Warner Bros)

“Wonder Woman 1984” (Warner Bros)

Best Stunt Design

“Birds of Prey” (Warner Bros)

“The Invisible Man” (Universal Pictures)

“Mulan” (Walt Disney Pictures)

“The Old Guard” (Netflix)

“Tenet” (Warner Bros)

“Wonder Woman 1984” (Warner Bros)

Best Musical Score

“Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix) – Terence Blanchard

“Emma.” (Focus Features) – Isobel Waller-Bridge, David Schweltzer

“Minari” (A24) – Emile Moseeri

“News of the World” (Universal Pictures) – James Newton Howard

“Tenet” (Warner Bros) – Ludwig Göransson

“Soul” (Pixar) – Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

Best Song

“Husavik” from “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” (Netflix)

“Fight for You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros)

“Io Si (Seen)” from “The Life Ahead” (Netflix)

“Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios)

“Rocket to the Moon” from “Over the Moon” (Netflix)

“Ultraluminary” from “Over the Moon” (Netflix)

Rita Moreno Lifetime Achievement Award & Latino Activism Award
Rosie Perez

Oscar-nominated Puerto Rican actress Rosie Pérez has been named the 2021 recipient of the Rita Moreno Lifetime Achievement Award by the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association (LEJA). Pérez, who is a Brooklyn native, made her breakout in filmmaker Spike Lee’s 1989 dramedy “Do the Right Thing.” She went on to star in such favorites as “White Men Can’t Jump,” “Untamed Heart,” “The Take” and “Birds of Prey.” In 1993, Pérez was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as Carla Rodrigo, the survivor of a plane crash suffering from survivor’s guilt in “Fearless.” Along with her successful career in film, Pérez starred in several TV series like “In Living Color”, “Lipstick Jungle” and “The Flight Attendant.” She will next be seen in the live-action/computer-animated family comedy “Clifford the Big Red Dog” later this year.

Latino Breakout Award
Ariana DeBose, star of “Hamilton” and “The Prom”

Newcomer and Afro-Latina actress Ariana DeBose has been named the 2021 recipient of the Latino Breakout Award by the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association (LEJA). DeBose, born in North Carolina, had two memorable roles in 2020. She was a part of the chorus in Thomas Kail’s smash-hit “Hamilton,” the filmed adaptation of the Broadway musical that debuted on Disney Plus. The other was as Alyssa Greene, a high-school student who fears coming out to her overbearing mother and fears going to the prom with her girlfriend in Ryan Murphy’s “The Prom,” the joyful adaptation of the Broadway musical. DeBose will be playing the iconic role of Anita in Steven Spielberg’s remake of “West Side Story” from 20th Century Studios, due out in late 2021. She is a trailblazer for many Latinx young people, dreaming of acceptance.



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About Latino Entertainment Journalists Association:

The Latino Entertainment Journalists Association (LEJA) is committed to developing and celebrating Latino voices among all areas and backgrounds of the entertainment industry.  Founded in 2018, LEJA provides a much-needed opportunity for writers from the United States to have their works amplified and heard in the areas of film, television, music, theatre, and the arts.  Accepting of all backgrounds and identities, LEJA embraces anyone who identifies as Latino, Latina, Latinx, Hispanic, Afro-Latino, Afro-Latina, Latin@, Spanish, or any inclusive and progressive description that champions and accelerates the voices of our culture from around the world.

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Born in New Jersey, Scott Menzel has been watching film and television since he was three years old. Growing up, he watched as many movies as he could and was highly influenced by the films of Tim Burton, John Hughes, Robert Zemeckis, and Steven Spielberg. Scott has an Associate's Degree in Marketing, a Bachelor's in Mass Media, Communications, and a Master's in Electronic Media. He has been writing film reviews under the alias of MovieManMenzel since 2003 and started his writing career as a contributing critic at and In 2009, Scott launched where he posted several of his film reviews but in 2011 decided to shut down the site when he launched We Live In 2015, We Live Film became We Live Entertainment. The domain name change occurred after months of debate but was done so that he and his fellow staff members could write about anything and everything in the world of entertainment.

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