Anzoategui is being recognized amongst their all-male peers for their performance as Eddy in STARZ’s dramedy “Vida. “
Eddy became one of the most beloved Latinx queer characters in the show, which broke ground following its 2018 premiere for revolutionizing TV queer representation by rejecting tokenism and realistically portraying the complexities of a community that’s often misrepresented or ignored in media.
” “It’s all that you need as an artist,” Anzoategui said to NBC News Saturday. “Finally, an award show. But especially one that recognizes inclusion in the nomination process. … This is an example of the potential for big, internationally recognized award shows such as the Emmys, the Golden Globes and the Oscars to do. You can see the Imagen Foundation’s accomplishments by looking at them. “
Anzoategui’s nomination gains additional meaning as The Imagen Foundation, which organizes the award show, announced last month that the organization received 350 submissions for consideration, a record since last year.
“The Imagen Foundation continues being proud to be the only awards ceremony that recognizes Latino talent within television, film and streaming platforms,” stated Helen Hernandez, Imagen Foundation President, in a statement . There is no doubt that our community is full of talented people. This year’s theme, “Our Community: Diverse Talented, United”, reflects the diversity of entries. “
Anzoategui is a trans and nonbinary actor. She uses the pronouns they/them. They transform into a “butch Latinx woman from Boyle Heights and rely on their queer community to deal with the loss of her husband (Eddy’s character uses female pronouns). She also reconnects with Emma, her daughter, as she finds empowerment in her queerness.
The show’s third and final season premiered on April 2020. The show portrays Los Angeles’ multigenerational Latino community in a beautiful contemporary portrait. It uses growing tensions around gentrification as a way to create relatable stories about love and relationships at the intersection of gender and cultural identity. When you work hard and give up, it’s worth it. They said that they never know when the moment will come back like this moment.
Prior to Anzoategui’s nomination, the actor had been very vocal about their “challenging experience” submitting to other award shows such as the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the Emmy Awards.
“I’m playing a female role, but that doesn’t mean I should be up for Emmy consideration as an ‘actress any more than Jeffrey Tambor should have been considered in that category for playing a transgender woman in ‘Transparent,'” Anzoategui wrote in the Los Angeles Times in 2019. “To make me invisible is to place me in the actress category. “
Anzoategui argued for a “nonbinary award” category in a guest column that was published on Deadline February. “
“Particular of the whole experience was going through it and giving voice to my experiences, so people can see what someone like me goes through when it comes down to this,” they stated. It’s not just about gendering the awards. It also includes the experience of the actresses or actors. “
Anzoategui was nominated along with “Ted Lasso’s’ Cristo Fernandez , Harvey Guillen, Mario Lopez, Love, Victor’s’ James Martinez, Oscar Nunez, and “Mr. Iglesias” Oscar Nunez.
“With the males in this category, it’s more competitive because you look at how many roles there are for actresses versus males and then to be considered within all males, to be nominated to be someone who isn’t playing a male role, Anzoategui stated that “it’s almost like saying, ‘We see what you have to say about gender and we’re being open with nominating to include you. ‘”
Nicole Acevedo is a reporter for NBC News Digital. She writes, produces and reports on stories for NBC Latino as well as NBCNews.com.