Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It, courtesy of Roadside Attractions

Rita Moreno: Scene Stealer

November 26–December 5, 2021
This year, Museum of the Moving Image is thrilled to be honoring the legendary Rita Moreno at its annual Moving Image Awards Gala on December 1. Moreno, whose unparalleled career spans more than seven decades, has won all four of the most prestigious awards in show business—an Oscar (for West Side Story in 1961), a Tony, two Emmys, and a Grammy—and has appeared in more than 40 feature films. In conjunction with the ceremony, the Museum presents a big-screen retrospective series of screenings devoted to Moreno, including classics like The King and I and Carnal Knowledge; lower-budgeted gems such as the groundbreaking I Like It Like That, and John Sayles’s Casa de los Babys; and the recent documentary Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It. Taken together these films show the amazing range of an actor who refused to be stereotyped and whose wit, taste, and versatility is apparent in every frame, from scene-stealing supporting performances to stellar leading roles.