The 21st Annual Impact Awards were held on Feb. 23 in Los Angeles and this year’s honorees included “Coco”, Nicholas Gonzalez, Aubrey Plaza, Tony Revolori, Diane Guerrero and Randy Falco.
The annual award show recognizes the outstanding achievements and contributions to the positive portrayals of Latinos in media.
Aubrey Plaza was honored with Outstanding Performance in a Motion Picture for her starring role in “Ingrid Goes West”.
Shoutout to Aubrey Plaza (@plazadeaubrey) for killing it in everything she does. That's why we're excited to have her at this year's #ImpactAwards! Known for @nbcparksandrec, @legion_fx, @thelittlehoursmovie, @ingridgoeswest and so many more projects. Visit www.nhmc.org for more information. Can't wait to see you there! #RepresentationMatters
The 33-year-old took the stage to accept her award, but in true Plaza fashion the actress made a point to address some very important issues. Namely, The Academy Awards and their lack of inclusion of Latinas in their award categories.
During her acceptance speech, Plaza talked about the fact that a Latina has never won an Oscar for Best Actress.
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Latinas have won Oscars for Best Supporting Actress, like Rita Moreno for “West Side Story”. They’ve also been nominated for Best Actress including in 1998 when Fernanda Montenegro was nominated for “Central Station”. In 2002 Salma Hayek was nominated for “Frida” and in 2004 Catalina Sandino Moreno was nominated for “Maria Full of Grace”. Yet, none of these Latinas ever took home the prize as best actress.
Plaza went on to say that she would someday be the first Latina to win the Best Actress Oscar.
@plazadeaubrey delivered an amazing speech last night. She voiced that the real work of representation starts in the writing room, giving a shoutout to NHMC’s Writers Program, and finished off her speech by giving thanks and dedicating her award to her father, @izzyplaz, and her grandparents for her Puerto Rican heritage. #Boricua
“I’m going to accept the leading best actress award on behalf of the Oscars 2018 ceremony because I heard a fun fact tonight that I never knew before, which is that no Latina actress has ever won best actress at the Oscars – ever,” she said, according to Variety. “So I’m going to accept that tonight to manifest that energy.”
Plaza proudly proclaimed that she would win for a role best suited for her humor, someone crazy.
“I’ll play some kind of psychotic character, some kind of criminal lunatic, those complicated characters I’m good at, and I’ll do that for you,” Plaza said. “And I’m going to win that award.'”
Something tells us she’s not lying.