With all the haters out there, at least “Modern Family” knows the Catholic Church has got their back.
Sofia Vergara's hit ABC comedy, about three families, including a gay couple, received the Catholics in Media Associates (CIMA) 2012 television award, which is known as the “Catholic Oscars.”
While the show has been criticized by some conservative rights groups for their depiction of gay marriage, The Hollywood Reporter says this did not concern the CIMA when they were choosing their honorees.
Founding member of the CIMA and honorary chairwoman of the event, Barbara Gangi, told the Catholic News Service that the organization is known for its "questionable, even controversial" honorees, adding, "Even among our own group!"
Now in its 19th year, the first CIMA award was given out in 1993. Past recipients of the television award have included “Blue Bloods,” “ Glee,”” Without a Trace” and “Ugly Betty.”
It’s founders, Father Tony Scannel and a group of Catholics working in the entertainment industry, created the organization out of a desire to "counter the image of Catholics as people who criticize what they don't like."
And it is not just the Catholics who think “Modern Family” is great television but the mainstream media as well.
This past year, “Modern Family” took home the Screen Actors Guild Award for “Best Comedy Series by an Ensemble” in Television for the second year in a row.
Vergara, the show’s breakout star, was nominated for the SAG award for “Best Actress” but lost to veteran actress Betty White.