The 22nd Annual Imagen Awards was held late last month at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and among the top winners that night was the ABC hit comedy series, Ugly Betty.
The series picked up the award for Best Primetime Program, beating out the shows Lost, Angel Rodriguez and George Lopez. Ugly Betty star America Ferrera was named Best Actress (in television) and was among the night’s honorees as the recipient of the Imagen Foundation’s Creative Achievement Award.
For the award, America Ferrera was up against actresses Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives), Kathleen Herles (Dora the Explorer), Mercedes Ruehl (A Girl Like Me, The Gwen Araujo Story), Judy Reyes (Scrubs) and Constance Marie (George Lopez).
Ana Ortiz, who plays Hilda Suarez on Ugly Betty, received the award for Best Supporting Actress that night. Other actresses who were nominated in the category include Sara Ramirez (Grey’s Anatomy), Aimee Garcia (George Lopez), Eva LaRue (CSI: Miami) and Alana de la Garza (Law & Order).
Another big winner at this year’s Imagen Awards was the film “Pan’s Labyrinth,” directed by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro. The movie, which tells the story of a young girl who resorts to fairy tales as a means of escaping the cruelty of fascist Spain, was awarded Best Picture. Del Toro was named Best Director, while the film’s 13-year-old star, Ivana Baquero, was named Best Actress (in film).
According to the official website, the Imagen Awards “were established in 1985 to encourage and recognize the positive portrayal of Latinos in all media and to increase Latino representation at all levels of the entertainment industry.”
Aside from winning most of the top categories in the Imagen Awards, Ugly Betty is also nominated for 11 Emmy awards this year, including an Outstanding Lead Actress nod for America Ferrera, an Outstanding Supporting Actress nod for Vanessa Williams, Outstanding Guest Actress nods for executive producer Selma Hayek and Judith Light and an Outstanding Comedy Series nod for the show.
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: The Charlotte Observer, www.imagen.org
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