Imagen noms celebrate Latino portrayals

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When the Imagen Awards first began honoring the positive portrayals of Latinos in entertainment, founder and president Helen Hernandez struggled to find three candidates worthy of the inaugural prize. But 22 years later, not only does Hernandez have plenty of potential winners from which to choose, she's seen the event grow from a small lunch at the Beverly Regent Hotel to a star-studded event at downtown Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall.

"It more than doubles the size of last year's gala and reinforces the bridge between the Latino and entertainment communities," says Hernandez, who launched the Imagen Foundation with Norman Lear in 1985. "It also extends a hand to the arts and cultural communities of which (WDCH architect) Frank Gehry's masterpiece is the crown jewel."

Saturday's ceremony also will make the Imagens the first show business-themed awards ceremony to grace the concert hall's grand stage.

But the Imagen Foundation's work extends beyond organizing the award ceremony. The Imagen Job Fair, held annually in Pasadena, connects newcomers with mentors from major studios and networks, which last year included Harpo Prods. and Fox Television Stations Group. Considering the continued growth of the U.S. Latino population, Hernandez says it makes business sense to build a bridge between the Latino and entertainment communities. "We try to reach individuals who otherwise wouldn't know how to make industry connections," she says. "People have been hired out of the fair and have developed long-standing relationships."   


2007 Imagen Awards Nominees List

FILM
"Apocalypto" (Buena Vista)
"Babel" (Paramount Vantage)
"Goal! The Dream Begins" (Buena Vista)
"Pan's Labyrinth" (Picturehouse)
"Quinceanera" (Sony Picture Classics)

FILM ACTOR
Kuno Becker ("Goal! The Dream Begins")
Jesse Garcia ("Quinceanera")
Wilmer Valderrama ("Fast Food Nation")

FILM ACTRESS
Ivana Baquero ("Pan's Labyrinth")
Eva Mendes ("Ghost Rider")
Emily Rios ("Quinceanera")

FILM DIRECTOR
Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth")
Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland ("Quinceanera")
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Babel")
Kenny Ortega ("The Cheetah Girls 2")

SUPPORTING FILM ACTOR
Gael Garcia Bernal ("Babel")
Chalo Gonzalez ("Quinceanera")
Tony Plana ("Goal! The Dream Begins")
Gerardo Taracena ("Apocalypto")

SUPPORTING FILM ACTRESS
Adriana Barraza ("Babel")
Miriam Colon ("Goal! The Dream Begins")
Dalia Hernandez ("Apocalypto")

THEATRICAL SHORT OR STUDENT FILM
"Marrying God" (Duke Johnson, director)
"Primera comunion" (Daniel Eduviges Carrera, director)

DOCUMENTARY FOR TELEVISION OR FILM
"For My Country: Latinos in the Military" (Mun2)
"From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale" (PBS)
"Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano" (PBS)
"Habla Mas in Chicago" (HBO Latino)
"Los Lonely Boys: Cottonfields and Crossroads" (PBS)
"Maribel" (Los Angeles International Short Film Festival)
"30 Days" (FX)

PRIMETIME TELEVISION PROGRAM
"Angel Rodriguez" (HBO)
"George Lopez" (ABC)
"Lost" (ABC)
"Ugly Betty" (ABC)

TELEVISION ACTOR
Jake T. Austin ("Go, Diego, Go!")
Miguel Ferrer ("Crossing Jordan")
George Lopez ("George Lopez")
Carlos Mencia ("Mind of Mencia")
J.D. Pardo ("A Girl Like Me, The Gwen Araujo Story")

TELEVISION ACTRESS
America Ferrera ("Ugly Betty")
Kathleen Herles ("Dora the Explorer")
Eva Longoria ("Desperate Housewives")
Constance Marie ("George Lopez")
Judy Reyes ("Scrubs")
Mercedes Ruehl ("A Girl Like Me, The Gwen Araujo Story")

SUPPORTING TELEVISION ACTOR
Jorge Garcia ("Lost")
Lorenzo Lamas ("The Bold and the Beautiful")
Benito Martinez ("The Shield")
Jose Yenque ("Between")
David Zayas ("Dexter")

SUPPORTING TELEVISION ACTRESS
Alana de la Garza ("Law & Order")
Aimee Garcia ("George Lopez")
Eva La Rue ("CSI: Miami")
Ana Ortiz ("Ugly Betty")
Sara Ramirez ("Grey's Anatomy")

VARIETY OR REALITY SHOW
"Dancing with the Stars" (ABC)
"The Drop" (SiTV)
"George Lopez's American Mexican" (HBO)
"Mind of Mencia" (Comedy Central)
"El Reto Final Nissan" (Fox Sports en Espanol)

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING
"The Cheetah Girls 2" (Disney Channel)
"Dora the Explorer" (Nickelodeon)
"El Perro y El Gato" (HBO)
"Go, Diego, Go!" (Nickelodeon)
"Maya and Miguel" (PBS)

NATIONAL INFORMATIONAL PROGRAMMING
"The Extra Weekend Show: Latinos in Entertainment" (NBC Studios)
"The Martin Garcia Story" (Univision)
"Noticiero Univision Presenta: La Tormenta Despues de Katrina" (Univision)
"Univision Pasaporte al Espacio" (Univision)
"Voces" (PBS)

LOCAL INFORMATIONAL PROGRAMMING
"The Border, Illegal Immigration" (KCBS)
"Life & Times" (KCET)
"State Divided" (KNBC)
"Vista L.A." (KABC)
"Your L.A./Guadalupe Strings" (KNBC)

ON-AIR ADVERTISING
"Goal! The Dream Begins Vignette" (Arenas Entertainment)
"Honda, Vive-tu Momento C-Note" (Mun2)
"Lactaid 'Pass It On'" (La Agencia de Orci and Associates)
"Splenda: Mama Yo Quiero New" (La Agencia de Orci and Associates)
"Translation -- Prayer" (MTVN)
"Ugly Betty, El Corrido de Betty" (Arenas Entertainment)
"VJ Campaign" (Mun2)
"Voto Latino Campaign" (Mun2)

THEATRICAL PRODUCTION
"Go, Diego, Go Live!" (Nickelodeon, Stuart Rosenstein, Erich Jungwirth, MTV Networks, producers)
"Macho Men and the Women Who Love Them" (Oro Entertainment, Francisco Segovia, Maria Costa, producers)


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