HOLLYWOOD — Edward James Olmos was a bit perplexed Monday at the prospect of receiving an Ivy Bethune Diversity award from three unions — SAG, AFTRA and Actors’ Equity.
“It’s amazing that we still have to even have awards for diversity after all these years,” Olmos mused at the East West Players theater in downtown L.A.
“To hear all these things about myself doing what I must do is quite surreal.”
Presenter Gordon Davidson got the night’s biggest response in his intro for Olmos by saying, “He’s done it all — acting, directing, producing, jail time.”
KNBC reporter Beverly White, on receiving her honor from AFTRA, also evoked a big laugh, saying, “I was almost speechless — almost.”
Robert David Hall, honored by SAG for his work helping performers with disabilities, noted he’s still starring on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” “I thought I was getting on a bus and it wound up being a bullet train.”
Actors’ Equity awarded a posthumous honor to dancer-thesp-director Margo Albert.