On Saturday night, the best and brightest Latinos in Hollywood gathered for the taping of the 2011 National Council of La Raza (NCLR) ALMA Awards, and we got exclusive behind-the-scenes access! The ceremony hosted by George Lopez and Eva Longoria, celebrates positive portrayals of Latinos in television, film, and music and some of our fave stars took home the top prizes.
Latina magazine’s Editorial Director Galina Espinoza interviewed several stars on the red carpet as a correspondent for Access Hollywood before heading inside to watch the show.
The night was not complete without a musical treat. Pitbull performed a medley of his greatest hits, and Demi Lovato moved the audience with her hit single “Skyscraper,” which she performed in both English and Spanish. The legendary Gloria Estefan polished off the awards ceremony with an amazing performance of her latest single “Wepa,” off of her highly anticipated upcoming album Miss Little Havana. Be sure to tun in to catch all the action for yourself when the one-hour ALMA Awards primetime special air this Friday, September 16 on NBC.
Here's a partial list of the winners:
Favorite Film Actor: Antonio Banderas – The dashing Spanish actor snagged the award for his role in Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, in which he played a handsome art gallery owner.
Favorite Film Actress in an Action/Drama: Jessica Alba – The 30-year-old Mexican American actress won the award for her role in director Robert Rodriguez’s 2010 Machete. After winning the award, the new mom shared her excitement via Twitter: “OMG! I won an #alma award!!!” the actress wrote, including an image of herself holding her trophy alongside a close friend, who attended the ceremony with her. Alba also tweeted Rodriguez, who also tapped her to star in his Spy Kids 4 film, which hit theaters last month. “#ALMAawards –thnk u El Jeffe @RobertRdz 4 being a visionary that u r! I share my award w u mi amigo!”
Favorite Actress in a Musical/Comedy: Alexa Vega for her role in From Prada to Nada
Favorite TV Series: Desperate Housewives – Though the ABC show is in it last season, we are sure star Eva Longoria was happy to have seen it win this award last night.
Reality/Variety Show or Comedic Personality: George Lopez/Lopez Tonight – We were devastated when TBS pulled the plug on Lopez Tonight, George Lopez’s late night show. The 50-year-old Mexican American comedian was the first Latino ever to host his own late night show. We were happy to see Lopez’s work recognized.
Favorite TV Actor: Adam Rodriguez for his role in CBS’s CSI: Miami
Favorite Supporting TV Actor: Rico Rodríguez for his role in Modern Family. The adorable 13-year-old plays Sofia Vergara’s son in the ABC hit comedy.
Favorite Actress in a TV Drama: Cote de Pablo for her role in CBS’s NCIS.
Favorite Actress in a Comedy: Demi Lovato for her role in Disney Channel’s hit sitcom Sonny with a Chance. For the award, 19-year-old Lovato beat out Naya Rivera, star of Glee.
Favorite Supporting TV Actress: Maria Canals-Barrera for her role in Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place
Favorite Male Artist: We weren’t surprised that our main man Pitbull took home this prize. The 30-year-old Cuban American rapper has had a tremendous year with the huge success of Planet Pit and recent musical collaborations with superstars Jennifer Lopez and Gloria Estefan.
Most Outstanding Special: The Harvest – Directed by Robert Romano, The Harvest/La Cosecha gives viewers a glimpse into the lives of three young migrant workers as they work 12-14 hour days picking vegetables. Eva Longoria served as executive producer on the documentary film, which opened in New York City this past July.