Photo: John Leguízamo
The actor received the award only days before being named the Global Ambassador of the arts at Sunday’s National Puerto Rican Day Parade.
Leguízamo began the night by joking with the crowd. He said there would be no lines for taking pictures with Mayor Bloomberg. “If you want, I’ll tweet you some of Anthony Weiner’s stuff,” Leguízamo said before adding “Relax, we are New Yorkers. Nothing shocks us anymore.”
Other ” Made in NY “awardees included actor Matt Damon, social media site Foursquare and Movie Pass CEO Stacey Spikes. The first “Made in NY” Mayor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement went to the late Sidney Lumet.
“The entertainment industry in this city represents over 100,000 jobs and brings in almost $5 billion annually to the city’s economy,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg during the award ceremony. “New York City is the entertainment capital of the world, the talent capital of the world, and the media capital of the world. And tonight we honor some of those who help make that so.”
This week, Leguízamo was also named the Global Ambassador of the Arts at Sunday’s National Puerto Rican Day Parade.
“I’ve never even met a regular ambassador, so even being named one is pretty intense,” the actor told New York Daily News.
“For me, the Puerto Rican Day Parade was something really huge, because it was the only time when I was a kid that you could celebrate being Latin and all the culture that we have and everything that we bring to America and to the world, To me, it still has this kind of powerful significance.”