Winners of 28th Annual Imagen Awards Announced Honoring Latinos in Entertainment

Black Tie Gala Held at Beverly Hilton Hotel Honoring Latino Talent, Latino-Themed Projects

August 16, 2013 – Beverly Hills, Calif.  Winners of the 28th Annual Imagen (Spanish for “image”) Awards, honoring positive portrayals of Latinos and Latino culture in entertainment, were announced tonight at a star-studded dinner ceremony held in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. 

 The awards, hosted by Latina journalist Elizabeth Espinosa, were handed out in front of an audience of approximately five hundred attendees representing the entertainment industry and Latino community.  Among celebrities in attendance were Aubrey Plaza, Bella Thorne, Constance Marie, Jon Huertas, Cierra Ramirez, Natalie Martinez and many other Latino performers. 

Helen Hernandez, president of The Imagen Foundation, said:  “This year, we received 200 entries which really continues to enhance the market value of our community and we are pleased that these creative efforts are once again being acknowledged. The Imagen Foundation recognizes the growing accomplishments of the Latino Community and we look forward with great optimism to the future.” 

Winners were selected in 20 different categories from film, television and the internet, and judged by an independent panel of entertainment industry executives and Latino community leaders.  Special recognition went to entrepeneur and philanthropist Christy Walton who won the Imagen Foundation’s President’s Award.  Writer/Producer Jesus Salvador Trevino received the Lifetime Achievement Award and writing and directing brothers, Michael and Gerald Cuesta also received the Norman Lear Writing Award.

 

 

Following are the winners for this year’s Imagen Awards in their respective categories.

 

Best Primetime Television Program:  Castle (ABC Studios)

 

Best Primetime Program: Special or Movie-of-the-Week: We Love Jenni Special (Blank Paige Productions/mun2)

 

Best Actor/Television:  Jon Huertas, Castle (ABC)

 

Best Actress/Television:  Monica Raymund, Chicago Fire (NBC)

 

Best Supporting Actor/Television:  Carlos Gómez, The Glades (A&E)

 

Best Supporting Actress/Television:  Constance Marie, Switched at Birth (ABC Family)

 

Best Young Actress/Television:  Raini Rodriguez, Austin & Ally (Disney Channel)

 

Best Children’s Programming:  Handy Manny (Nelvana/Disney Channel)

 

Best Documentary/Film or Television:  Harvest of Empire (Onyx Films/ EVS Communications/ Loquito Productions)

 

Best National Informational Program:  Oprah's Next Chapter (Harpo Studios)

 

Best Local Informational Program:  Vista L.A. (ABC7/Los Angeles, California)

 

Best On-Air Advertising:  Univision Educate! - De Pandilleros a Panaderos (Univision)

 

Best Variety or Reality Show: 24/7 Chavez Jr./Martinez (HBO Sports)

 

Best Feature Film:  Bless Me, Ultima (Monkey Hill Films/Gran Via Productions/Monarch Pictures/Tenaja Productions)

 

Best Actor/Supporting Actor - Feature Film:  Luke Ganalon, Bless Me, Ultima (Monkey Hill Films/Gran Via Productions/Monarch Pictures/Tenaja Productions)

 

Best Actress/Supporting Actress - Feature Film:  Miriam Colon, Bless Me, Ultima (Monkey Hill Films/Gran Via Productions/Monarch Pictures/Tenaja Productions)

 

Best Theatrical Short or Student Film:  POV: Sin Pais (American Documentary | POV)

 

Best Web Series: Drama: Caribe Road (Helu Films Entertainment)

 

Best Web Series: Comedy: Oh Noah! (Thirteen/WNET)

 

Best Web Series: Reality or Informational: Sin Vergüenza (Kavich Reynolds/Altamed)

 

 

Major sponsors of this year’s event included The Walt Disney Company, Disney ABC Television Group, Nielsen, Fox Deportes, Comcast NBCUniversal, Aids Healthcare Foundation, CBS, PBS SoCal, The Hollywood Reporter, Lear Family Foundation, ABC7, Christy Walton, Paramount, Warner Bros, Latino Public Broadcasting, LATV Networks, GM, Sempra Energy Utilities, and The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

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About The Imagen Awards

The Imagen (pronounced ee-mah-hen) Awards program was established in 1985 from a suggestion by veteran television producer Norman Lear to encourage and recognize the positive portrayals of Latinos in the media. Later, as The Imagen Foundation, it expanded its programs and initiatives to further its mission to serve as a bridge between the Latino community and the entertainment industry in providing access, education, and resources for Latinos in the industry, as well as those seeking careers in entertainment.  More information on the organization as well as details of the event can be found online at www.imagen.org and on Facebook.