|L-R Angel B. Curiel, MJ Rodriguez, Steven Canals, Janet Mock (photo: Imagen Awards)|
The groundbreaking series POSE was honored in two categories at the 2019 Imagen Awards which recognizes positive portrayals of Latinx people in the media.
MJ Rodriguez, who plays “Blanca” on the acclaimed FX series, made history as the first transgender woman to take home the trophy for “Best Actress -Television.”
After thanking her mother and the creative team for POSE (Ryan Murphy, Steven Canals, Janet Mock), Rodriguez spoke to the historic moment.
“It’s so crazy to be standing up here because you’d never think in a million years you’d get an award like this being a woman like me,” Rodriguez told the crowd assembled in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel ballroom.
“Obviously, this is not just for me,” she continued. “This is for the little kids like me, and I’m just trying to speak as much as I can for my community as possible, and that goes for my Latino community.”
Watch Rodriguez accept the award in the Instagram post below.
Please excuse my boisterous hollering but I was over the moon for @mjrodriguez7 and her Best Actress win at last night’s Imagen Awards celebrating Latinx film and television makers. The work on ‘Pose’ is gorgeous and the win historic. Congrats all around as ‘Pose’ also won Best Primetime Drama. So proud to be part of this community. Thank you @carmensandiegola for the memorable night. 💜 #pose #fx #imagen #normanlear @svcanals @janetmock @ourladyj @angelbcuriel @theebillyporter
POSE also took home the award for “Best Primetime Drama,” tying with Magnum P.I.
Angel Bismarck Curiel, who plays ‘Lil Papi’ on the groundbreaking series was nominated in the “Best Supporting Actor – Television” category as well.
The POSE team now looks to the 2019 Emmy Awards where the show has received six nominations including “Best Drama” and “Leading Actor in a Drama Series” for Billy Porter’s searing performance as ‘Pray Tell.’
The 2019 Emmy Awards will air September 22 on Fox.