Disney’s Encanto Takes Home Best Feature Film and Hulu’s Love, Victor Triumphs Again at 37th Annual Imagen Awards

LOS ANGELES, (October 2, 2022) – The 37th annual Imagen Awards took place today at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in downtown Los Angeles. The afternoon gala set the return of the beloved in-person ceremony after a two-year live hiatus due to the pandemic. “Creating, Cultivating and Celebrating” is this year’s Imagen Awards theme that honored a fantastic year of stellar performances and compelling writing and storytelling by Latina and Latino creators, artists, and entertainers.

This year’s Imagen Award winners include the beautifully diverse “Encanto” for Best Feature Film, repeat winner “Love, Victor” for Best Comedy Primetime Program, and “Selena: The Series” with Best Drama Primetime Program. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to writer, director, and playwright Luis Valdez. Valdez is regarded as one of the most important and influential American playwrights and filmmakers alive today. This year marks the 35th Anniversary of Valdez’s seminal film “La Bamba,” which, in 2017, was added to the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress for cultural and historical significance.

Television producer and Imagen Awards co-founder Norman Lear, who turned 100 years old this year, was honored with sincere and emotional messages from select audience members.  Lear captivated the audience with a heartfelt recorded message over the video monitors.

The 37th Annual Imagen Awards winners were determined by an independent panel of entertainment industry executives and Latina and Latino community leaders.

The pre-recorded 37th Annual Imagen Awards will be broadcast on PBS SoCal on Saturday, October 29th, 2022, at 6:00 pm PDT, on KCET on Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00 pm PDT, and available to stream nationally on pbs.org.

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About The Imagen Awards

The Imagen (pronounced ee-mah-hen) Awards program was established in 1985 from a suggestion by veteran television producer Norman Lear to encourage and recognize the positive portrayals of Latinos in the media. Later, as The Imagen Foundation, it expanded its programs and initiatives to further its mission to serve as a bridge between the Latino community and the entertainment industry in providing access, education, and resources for Latinos in the industry, as well as those seeking careers in entertainment. More information on the organization as well as details of the event can be found online at www.imagen.org and its social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Feature Film

Best Feature Film: Encanto (Disney+; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Best Director – Feature Film: Jared Bush, Byron Howard, and Charise Castro Smith, Encanto (Disney+; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Best Actor – Feature Film: Eugenio Derbez, CODA (Apple TV+; Vendome Pictures / Pathé in association with Apple)

Best Actress – Feature Film: Ariana DeBose, West Side Story (Walt Disney Studios)


Best Primetime Program – Drama: Selena: The Series (Netflix; A Campanario Entertainment Production for Netflix)

Best Primetime Program – Comedy: Love, Victor (Hulu; 20thTelevision)

Best Primetime Program – Special or Movie: Book of Love (Prime Video; Amazon Studios)

Best Director – Television: Jorge R. Gutierrez, Maya and the Three (Netflix)

Best Actor – Television (Drama): Oscar Isaac, Scenes From a Marriage (HBO/HBO Max; HBO in association with Sheleg, Media Res, Endeavor Content and Filmlance)

Best Actress – Television (Drama): Judy Reyes, Torn From Her Arms (Lifetime; OZY Media and Motion Picture Corporation of America)

Best Actor – Television (Comedy): Michael Cimino, Love, Victor (Hulu; 20th Television)

Best Actress – Television (Comedy): Victoria Moroles, Plan B (Hulu; Counterbalance Entertainment, American High, LD Entertainment)

Best Supporting Actor – Television (Drama): Clayton Cardenas, Mayans M.C. (FX; 20th Television and FX Productions)

Best Supporting Actress – Television (Drama): Rosario Dawson, Dopesick (Hulu; Danny Strong Productions, John Goldwyn Productions, The Littlefield Company, 20th Television)

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

Best Supporting Actress – Television (Comedy): Melissa Fumero, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC; Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Fremulon, Dr. Goor Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment)

Best Young Actor – Television: Nik Sanchez, Safe Room (Lifetime; Astute Films for Lifetime)

Best Voice-Over Actor – Television: Summer Rose Castillo, Alma’s Way (PBS KIDS; Fred Rogers Productions, Pipeline Studios)

Best Variety or Reality Show: We’re Here (HBO/HBO Max; HBO in association with House of Opus 20 and IPC)

Best Youth Programming: Alma’s Way (PBS KIDS; Fred Rogers Productions, Pipeline Studios)

Best Music Composition for Film or Television: Lin-Manuel Miranda & Germaine Franco, Encanto (Disney+; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Best Music Supervision for Film or Television: Tom MacDougall, Encanto (Disney+; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Best Documentary: VOCES: American Exile (PBS; Burning Box Studio, WKAR Public Media/East Lansing, and Latino Public Broadcasting)

Best Informational Program: SC Featured: KIKIMITA – The Hansel Emmanuel Donato Story (ESPN)

Best Short Film: American Masters and VOCES: Lights, Camera, Acción (PBS; NGL Studios, Latino Public Broadcasting, and American Masters Pictures)

Best Commercial Advertisement or Social Awareness Campaign: Nuestras Niñas, Las Mujeres Imparables del Futuro (NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises; GYB/Kreative Kontent)