Gael García Bernal will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with a top honor. The actor is set to receive the Vision Award at the 30th annual Hispanic Heritage Awards on September 14 in Washington, D.C. "The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is privileged to honor Gael García Bernal with the Vision Award for his tremendous talents but most importantly for serving as a role model and advocate for the Latin community,” Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation said in a statement on Tuesday, August 15.
The Mexican actor will be honored at the 2017 Hispanic Heritage Awards Photo: Getty Images
He continued, “The evening will be entertaining, meaningful and inspirational as we present America with the great value Latinos provide. It’s more important than ever to showcase visionary Latinos like Gael.” The awards were created by the White House in 1988 to commemorate the establishment of Hispanic Heritage Month – which in America is celebrated in October. Gael, 38, is known for his acting as well as his activism. The Mexican actor is following in the footsteps of past Hispanic Heritage Award honorees, including Eva Longoria, Zoe Saldana, Antonio Banderas and Gloria Estefan, all of whom represent the great value Latinos provide the United States and around the world.