Moreno is being honored for "career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment." Given annually to an actor who fosters the "finest ideals of the acting profession," the SAG Life Achievement Award joins Moreno's numerous honors, which include an Oscar, two Emmys, a Tony, a Grammy, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of the Arts.
Ken Howard, SAG-AFTRA co-president said in a previous statement, "I am simply delighted that Rita Moreno is the 50th recipient of our SAG Life Achievement Award – the most prestigious honor we bestow. She is an extraordinarily versatile, talented and generous actor whose career is notable for its courageous choices and for the breadth, depth and quality of her many demanding and commanding roles. She is a magnificent actor, and I am honored to join all SAG-AFTRA members in recognizing the incomparable Rita Moreno."
Roberta Reardon, SAG-AFTRA co-president added, "No one is more deserving of this honor than the fabulous and accomplished Rita Moreno, an iconic talent whose excellent work includes hit movies, highly-rated television series, landmark public television programs and award-winning recordings. She is emblematic of the broad reach and diverse coverage of our new, merged union. She is an inspiration in every effort, but never more so than with her civil rights activism, promoting equality and diversity while ushering in a more representative depiction of the American scene on screen."
Moreno, who earned her Oscar in 1962 for her portrayal of Anita in "West Side Story," received the 1975 Tony Award for The Ritz and has also appeared on Broadway in Skydrift, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Gantry, The National Health, Wally's Café and The Odd Couple.