The "Made in NY" Awards celebrate excellence in New York City's creative community and recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the City's entertainment and digital media industries.
MOME Commissioner del Castillo presented the awards to Awkwafina, the Golden Globe-winning actress, comedian, writer, and producer from Queens, and to Jeffrey Wright, the Tony-, Emmy-, AFI- and Golden-Globe-winning actor, philanthropist, and proud resident of Brooklyn. Both recipients have made significant contributions to our city during the pandemic. Awkwafina is donating some of her earnings to the Welcome to Chinatown grassroots initiative to support struggling businesses.
Wright founded Brooklyn For Life! which supports local businesses and serves meals to first responders, hospital workers and residents of public housing. The "Made in NY" Awards were established in 2006 to recognize people and organizations that make significant contributions to New York City's entertainment and digital media industries.
Awkwafina was honored at the New York Women in Film & Television's 41st MUSE Awards; Mr. Wright at the 30th annual IFP Gotham Awards.
"Made in NY" Honoree Jason DaSilva
"Thank you Mayor de Blasio, the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, and Commissioner del Castillo for this great honor," Jason DaSilva said. "Receiving a 'Made in NY' award confirms that I am headed in the right direction and I am grateful to be supported by the industry and New York City, the only place where I can get the 24/7 care I need while pursuing my filmmaking career."
"Made in NY" Honoree Caroline Hirsch
"I am honored and humbled to receive the 'Made in NY' Award from the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment," said Caroline Hirsch, founder and owner of Carolines on Broadway and the New York Comedy Festival. "I've been doing business in this great city for more than 35 years — from running my comedy club and producing the comedy festival to launching a production company to produce film and television projects — and to be recognized by the Mayor's Office for my contributions to the arts and culture in New York City is a tremendous privilege and something I will always treasure."
"Made in NY" Honoree Terry Lawler
"I'm truly honored to be receiving the Made in NY Award at the Muse Awards this year," said New York Women in Film & Television Executive Director Terry Lawler. "After 21 years with NYWIFT, I couldn't imagine a better way to complete my hugely satisfying tenure as Executive Director."
"Made in NY" Honoree Sandra Lee
"I feel honored and blessed to be given the 'Made in NY' award at this year's Gotham ceremony," said Sandra Lee. "New York City inspires me every day and is a gift to us all. I made my documentary short film to help anyone who is, has or will deal with a cancer diagnosis. My hope is that this recognition will fuel the flame of awareness for those diagnosed as well as their families so they may now have the tools and insights I did not."
"Made in NY" Honoree Alysia Reiner
"I grew up on the upper west side of Manhattan, I live in Harlem now and I feel blessed beyond measure to make a living as an artist, and to do so in this city," said Alysia Reiner. "There is always some magical piece of art being made here. This city defines grit and perseverance. We are a group of humans who get back up, help the next person up, hopefully learn, and definitely tell a really funny story about it."
"Made in NY" Honoree Michael Kenneth Williams (Video by Jamie Stuart)
Audio Description: "I'm overwhelmed with happiness and gratitude for being given the Made in NY award. The city is and will continue to be an intrinsic part of who I am both personally and as an entertainer." - Michael Kenneth Williams
MOME created the Spotlight Award to illuminate excellence in the film, TV, music, publishing, digital content, and advertising sectors. The award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the growth of NYC's thriving media and entertainment industries.
Nasir "Nas" Jones
"I'm really honored by this award. Anyone who knows me, knows what New York City means to me and this is special because of that connection. I want to send a special thank you to the Mayor's office, Lucian and Michele." - Nasir "Nas" Jones
Seth Meyers, Late Night with Seth Meyers
"I am honored to receive The Spotlight Award from the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment. New York is a perfect place for me to film a show, not just because of the talented community of professionals who make it what it is, but also because I live here and if we filmed somewhere else my commute would be too long." - Seth Meyers
Greg Young and Tom Meyers, "The Bowery Boys" podcast
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