On Friday night, the place to be was the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons hotel for the Imagen Awards.
The show, which was founded by Helen Hernandez and TV vet Norman Lear, has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1985. Back then it was a luncheon with about 75 Latino actors.
Last week, it was all about Latino creativity, talent, and pride with heavy hitters like Rita Moreno, Diego Luna, Lin-Manuel Miranda, America Ferrera, and host Aida Rodriguez.
Netflix’s Latino reboot of One Day At a Time, scooped up multiple trophies, including Best Comedy TV and best Supporting Actress for Justina Machado.
How to Be a Latin Lover took home the Best Picture trophy and leading lady Salma Hayek earned one as Best Actress Feature Film for her role in the movie. Everyone’s favorite assassin/member of Olivia Pope’s crisis management team on Scandal, Guillermo Díaz, won for Best Actor TV.
Queen of the South, American Crime and Disney’s Elena of Avalor also earned honors that night, and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel and his family were given the Imagen Foundation’s President’s Award for their artistic and humanitarian efforts.
Hernandez, president and founder of the Imagen Foundation, which produces the awards presentation, said: “It’s been an honor to recognize the amazing Latino talent in front and behind the cameras, as well as those who tirelessly work behind the scenes on behalf of all Latinos.”
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