Dozens of Latinos working in the media industry were honored at the 2009 ALMA Awards, filmed last night in Los Angeles. Among the biggest winners of the evening were Salma Hayek and John Leguizamo.
Salma nabbed the top honors of the evening, taking home the Anthony Quinn award for Industry Excellence. But John Leguizamo also won for his role in Nothing Like the Holidays, the hysterical (and underrated in our opinion) Christmas comedy he starred in last year alongside Debra Messing and an ensemble cast of almost entirely Latino actors. Screenwriter Rick Najera and director Alfredo De Villa also took home trophies for their work on the film.
Other honorees included Hayek's best friend, Penélope Cruz, who scooped up yet another accolade for her impeccable performance as Maria Elena in Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona. Disney sweetheart Selena Gomez was also recognized for her work on Wizards of Waverly place and took home an award for best comedy actress on TV.
The ALMA awards, hosted by Eva Longoria Parker and George Lopez will air tonight at 8PM on ABC.