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Imagen Awards Celebrates Latinos in Hollywood

Los Angeles, CA– The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion welcomed talented Latinos into its glamorous hall On Friday night. The 30th annual Imagen Awards celebrated the achievements of Latinos in the entertainment and communications business pushing forward a motto, that no matter where you are from all Latinos are capable of thriving.

Latino stars made their way into the red carpet, flaunting their perfect attire and sharing a few stories of how proud they are of being honored at this magnificent event.

Photo: Silvia Pereida/M.U.S.E.

Once the talent made their way into their seats the show began, starting off with their honorees of the night; first, actress America Ferrera gave an amazing speech about Los Angeles County Supervisor, Hilda L. Solis and how she deserved the President’s Award. Solis accepted her award and delivered an inspirational speech to all Latinos and how she overcame all her obstacles leading her to where she is at now.

World renowned choreographer and director Liz Imperio, worked with Jennifer Lopez and Gloria Estefan to name a couple, she’s also choreographed for shows like Dancing With The Stars, American Idol and so on. The beautiful and talented choreographer was presented with the Creative Achievement Award, she gracefully made it onto the stage where she received a standing ovation from her peers.

Photo: Silvia Pereida/M.U.S.E.

The night went on with host comedian and actress Aida Rodriguez entertaining the crowd and calling up the next presenter to honor Father Gregory Boyle, Founder and Director of Homeboy Industries with the President’s Award.Father Boyle opened up this business in light to keep people off the streets and focus on their real goals, resulting in creating a quality career for them and letting them know there are people out there that do want to help.


The final and long-awaited honoree was Rita Moreno, she was given the Imagen Legacy Award; Moreno is known for her roles in West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain, The Electric Company among others and now recently acting in Jane the Virgin. The singer and actress has represented Latinos for more than half a century, even when it was rare for Latin actors to appear on TV. She is well-deserving of the award and continues to inspire everyone every day, with her great personality and extraordinary talent, Rita Moreno is certainly a legend.

The night continued and presenters stood at the podium, announcing the winners of Best Picture, Best Director and so on, don’t worry here is the full list of who won:

Best Picture: McFarland, USA (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Best Director: Sean McNamara, Spare Parts (Pantelion Films)

Best Actor, Feature Film: George Lopez, Spare Parts (Pantelion Films)

Best Actress, Feature Film: Zole Saldana, The Book of Life (Reel FX/20th Century Fox)

Best Supporting Actress, Feature Film: Kate Del Castillo, The Book of Life (Reel FX/20th Century Fox)

Best Supporting Actor, Feature Film: Carlos Pratts, McFarland, USA (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)


Best Primetime Television Program, Comedy: Jane The Virgin (The CW)

Best Primetime Television, Drama: Law and Order: SVU (Universal Television and Wolf Films)

Best Primetime Program, Special or Made-for-TV-Movie: American Crime (ABC Studios)

Best Actor, Television: Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart In The Jungle (Amazon Instant Video/Amazon Studios)

Best Actress, Television: Gina Rodriguez, Jane The Virgin (The CW)

Best Supporting Actor, Television: Danny Pino, Law and Order: SVU (Universal Television and Wolf Films)

Best Supporting Actress, Television: Andrea Navedo, Jane The Virgin (The CW)

Best Young Actor, Television: Rico Rodriguez, Modern Family (ABC/20th Century Fox Television)

Best Young Actress, Television: Lilimar Hernandez, Bella and the Bulldogs (Nickelodeon)

Best Variety or Reality Show: Vice (HBO)

Best Children’s Programming: Nick News with Linda Ellerbee (Nickelodeon)

Best Documentary/Film or Television: Children of Giant (PBS/Latino Public Broadcasting)

Best National Informational Program: America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa: The New Mad Men (The Futuro Media Group in association with PBS and the World Channel)

Best Local Informational Program: Life Connected: Hispanic Heritage Special (NBC4-Southern California)

Best On-Air Advertising: AARP (Alma Advertising Agency)

Best Theatrical Short or Student Film: Ni-Ni (American Film Institute)

Best Web Series: Comedy: Oh Noah! (Thirteen/WNET New York Public Media)

Best Web Series: Reality or Informational: Los Cowboys (Corral 360)

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Jazmin Bolanos

Jazmin graduated from CSUF with a degree in broadcast journalism. She is of Mexican & Honduran descent where she got her gift and love of dancing. Jazmin is a proud Latina who loves to communicate to people through the art of journalism. "Empower others; Become successful together" Instagram: @Jaz_M.U.S.E

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