Imagen Awards 2012: Sundance Breakout 'Filly Brown' Nabs Top Acting Awards
Last night the Imagen Foundation held its 27th Annual Awards Ceremony to honor “the best and most talented portrayals of Latinos in film” at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. “If I win [best supporting actress for TV] it would mean that someone’s watching,” said deadpan actress Aubrey Plaza. Of her character on NBC’s Parks and Recreation she told The Hollywood Reporter, “Let me just say that in the next season, she takes on a lot of new responsibilities so you kinda see her grow up a little bit more.”
Lou Diamond Phillips rubbed his victory in the face of competition for best actor in a feature film, beginning his acceptance speech with “Where you at, Will Ferrell!” (The Campaign star had been nominated for best actor in a feature film, Casa De Mi Padre.) Comparing his character in Filly Brown to his role in 1988’s Stand and Deliver, he ostentatiously whipped out reading glasses and complained about the passage of time: “I’m playin’ dads now!"
Nominee for best actress in a feature film Eva Longoria won last year, but this time the title went to actress and host of the evening, Gina Rodriguez for her role in Sundance breakout Filly Brown. Winner of best young actress in television last year, Selena Gomez lost out to Bella Thorne for Disney Channel’s Shake It Up!. Dora the Explorer was also expected to scoop best children’s programming for the second time in a row, but HBO Latino’s El Perro y El Gato took the title last night.
The film Girl in Progress was nominated for four Awards and saw two wins with best director for a feature film, Patricia Riggen, and best supporting actress in a feature film for 16-year-old Cierra Ramirez, who starred alongside Eva Mendes.
The night had its share of unexpected moments: Alexa Vega dropped and broke her award for best actress in television in a moment of backstage tomfoolery; Glee’s Harry Shum Jr., who was born in Costa Rica, told the audience he spoke Spanish before English or Chinese; Jenni Rivera brought her tears-dabbing napkin to the stage as she received the 2012 Imagen President’s Award; Casa De Mi Padre's Diego Luna, CSI: Miami's Eva La Rue, Patricia Riggen and Psych's James Roday were among winners who did not attend.
Despite the absentees, the red carpet carried Latino pride. Fatima Ptacek, the 11-year-old lead voice of Dora the Explorer, was “a very proud Latina. I always try to make sure people know that I’m a Latina.”
Teen Wolf’s Tyler Posey, a presenter, was also proud to be there. “I’ve been acting since I was a little kid," he said. "Been Latino since I was a little kid. It would feel good to win [no-show Roday won] ‘cause it’s like I’m giving something back to the community.”
See the list of winners below:
Best Primetime Program: Switched at Birth (Prodco, Inc. in association with ABC Family)
Best Variety and Reality: 24/7 Mayweather/Ortiz (HBO Sports)
Best Children’s Programming: El Perro y El Gato (HBO Latino)
Best Young Actress on Television: Bella Thorne, Shake it Up! (Disney Channel)
Best Supporting Actress on TV: Eva La Rue, CSI:Miami (CBS)
Best Supporting Actor on TV: Carlos Gomez, The Glades (A&E)
Best Actor on Television: James Roday, Psych (USA Network)
Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Film: Cierra Ramirez, Girl in Progress (Pantelion Films)
Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film: Diego Luna, Casa De Mi Padre (NALA Films/Gary Sanchez Productions/Pantelion Films)
Best Actress in a Feature Film: Gina Rodriguez, Filly Brown (Cima Production/Olmos Production/Silent Giant Entertainment)
Best Actor in a Feature Film: Lou Diamond Phillips, Filly Brown (Cima Production/Olmos Production/Silent Giant Entertainment)
Best Primetime Special or Movie: The Pregnancy Project (Barbara Lieberman Productions)
Best Primetime Program: Drama or Comedy Series: Switched at Birth (Prodco Inc. in association with ABC: Family)
Best Theatrical Short or Student Film: INGLES (Ruben Avitia)