Photo: Emilio Estevez Wins Catholic Oscar
ABC’s hit comedy series, ‘Modern Family,’ received the Catholics in Media Associates 2012 television award. Also known as the “Catholic Oscar,” this year’s CIMA Award recipient came as a shock to many as the show depicts the lifestyle of a married gay couple, an issue which the Catholic Church opposes.
The gay couple, played by actors Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson also has an adopted daughter on the show named Lily, who caused criticism after she cursed during the show. The young actress, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, was not asked to curse yet say the word ‘fudge’ underneath the bleep during the recent episode. Sofia Vergara also stars in the comedy as the beautiful, Colombian, step mother to Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s character Mitch.
Father Tony Scannel along with a group of Catholics involved in the entertainment industry began the organization in 1992. The first awards were presented in 1993 and past award winners include, “Blue Bloods,” “Glee,” “Without a Trace,” and “Ugly Betty.”
Barbara Gangi, a CIMA founding member and honorary chairwoman of the event explained to the Catholic News Service, that the organization is “known for its questionable, even controversial honorees.”
Other award winners from this year’s event included the Board of Directors award to Emilio Estevez for his writing and directing of “The Way.” Martin Sheen, the film’s star and also father of Estevez presented the award to the film’s senior executive producer, David Alexanian.
In addition to these award winners, Martin Scorcese’s “Hugo” won for the Motion Picture award and “I Am” for the Documentary award.