'Betty,' 'Labyrinth' win 3 at Imagens
EmptyPicturehouse's "Pan's Labyrinth" and ABC's "Ugly Betty" were the evening's big winners during the 22nd annual Imagen Awards at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday night.
The Imagens, which honor Latino achievement in the entertainment industry, handed three awards to "Labyrinth," including best picture and nods for director Guillermo del Toro and lead actress Ivana Baquero. "Betty" scored as best primetime series, and the show's America Ferrera and Ana Ortiz received the best TV actress and best supporting TV actress prizes, respectively. Ferrera, who burst into national consciousness this past year with her role in "Betty," also was honored with the Creative Achievement Award.
Kuno Becker, star of 2005's "Goal! The Dream Begins," was named best film actor, and Gerardo Taracena, who portrayed the evil Middle Eye in Buena Vista's "Apocalypto," garnered the best supporting film actor award. Newcomer Dalia Hernandez nabbed the best supporting film actress honor for her role as the young pregnant mother Seven in "Apocalypto."
The documentary film prize went to "Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano"; "Primera Comunion" was the winner in the theatrical short/student film category.
On the television front, Miguel Ferrer of NBC's "Crossing Jordan" was named best actor and Jose Yenque picked up the best supporting actor prize for his role in the Lifetime telefilm "Between." ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" waltzed away with the evening's trophy for best variety or reality show, and Nickelodeon's "Dora the Explorer" was handed the best children's programming award.
For its commitment to diversity, Disney-ABC Television Group was recognized with the President's Award.
Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney-ABC Television Group, accepted the award on the company's behalf. "Viewers expect the shows (they watch) to reflect their personal experience," Sweeney said, explaining Disney-ABC's dedication to programming that reflects different segments of society. "The only way to deliver that kind of entertainment is through a diverse array of talented people working behind the camera and in front of it."
Chairman and CEO of Entravision Communications Corp. Walter F. Ulloa, whose company is the largest affiliate group of Univision and its sister network, TeleFutura, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award. Jimmy Smits, who stars and executive produces the fall CBS series "Cane," about an affluent Cuban-American family in Miami, presented the Norman Lear Writer's Award to Cynthia Cidre, the show's creator, writer and executive producer.
"She is a shining Latina writer who I hope will find a wider audience in the years to come," Smits said in presenting the award. "I'm proud to be breathing her words every day."