NCLR (National Council of La Raza) the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization today announced that this year s revamped 2009 ALMA Awards® will showcase more Latino talent in more arenas than ever before. NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía and Executive Producer Eva Longoria Parker made the announcement at a news conference at Beso Restaurant, Longoria Parker s Latin-themed restaurant in Hollywood. Among the major changes to this acclaimed show is the addition of a co-host, the actor, comedian, and talk show host George Lopez.
The 2009 ALMA Awards will tape September 17 at the Royce Hall Auditorium at UCLA and will air FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 (8:00 to 10:00 p.m., ET/PT), on the ABC Television Network. Visit www.almaawards.com for more information.
If you like the ALMA Awards, you will love this year s show because we re bringing you more of what you love most, unique musical pairings and the best Latino entertainment, said Murguía. The ALMA Awards is one of the few opportunities in primetime to spotlight the Latino presence in entertainment, and we want to celebrate the impact Latinos had last year not only in film and television, but also in music and sports television.
I am proud that we will be able to pay tribute to a record number of Latino performers and just thrilled to have one of the funniest men on the planet, George Lopez, as my co-host this year. If you know me and you know George, anything can happen so tune in! continued Longoria Parker.
The show will have a significant format change with specially produced packages highlighting Latinos in their entertainment field. One of the Latino performers in each category will be honored for Special Achievement. This year s categories and honorees are as follows:
2009 ALMA AWARDS (as of 8/25/09) YEAR IN TELEVISION
Special Achievement Honorees
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men, CBS Demián Bichir, Weeds, SHO George Lopez, Mr. Troop Mom, NICK Horatio Sanz, In The Motherhood, ABC Jake T. Austin, Wizards of Waverly Place, DISNEY CHANNEL James Roday, Psych, USA
Joshua Gomez, Chuck, NBC Mark Indelicato, Ugly Betty, ABC Oscar Nunez, The Office, NBC Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Desperate Housewives, ABC Tony Plana, Ugly Betty, ABC
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty, ABC Ana Ortiz, Ugly Betty, ABC Eva Longoria Parker, Desperate Housewives, ABC Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Entourage, HBO Jessica Alba, The Office, NBC Joanna Garcia, Privileged, CW Judy Reyes, Scrubs, ABC Lupe Ontiveros, Reaper, CW Maria Canals-Barrera, Wizards of Waverly Place, DISNEY CHANNEL Nadine Velazquez, My Name Is Earl, NBC Rosie Perez, Lipstick Jungle, NBC Salma Hayek, 30 Rock, NBC Selena Gomez, Wizards of Waverly Place, DISNEY CHANNEL
Adam Rodriguez, CSI Miami, CBS Amaury Nolasco, Prison Break, FOX Benito Martinez, The Shield, FX Benjamin Bratt, The Cleaner, A&E Cristian de la Fuente, In Plain Sight, USA Danny Pino, Cold Case, CBS
Edward James Olmos, Battlestar Galactica, SYFY Enrique Murciano, Without a Trace, CBS Esai Morales, Jericho, CBS Jimmy Smits, Dexter, SHO
Jorge Garcia, Lost, ABC
Miguel Sandoval, Medium, NBC/CBS Nestor Carbonell, Lost, ABC David Zayas, Dexter, SHO Carlos Bernard, 24, FOX
Alana De La Garza, Law & Order, NBC Cote de Pablo, NCIS, CBS Dania Ramirez, Heroes, NBC Eva La Rue, CSI Miami, CBS
Francia Raisa, The Secret Life Of The American Teenager, ABC Family Julie Gonzalo, Eli Stone, ABC Justina Machado, ER, NBC Laura Cerón, ER, NBC
Lauren Vélez, Dexter, SHO Michelle Rodriguez, Lost, ABC Paola Turbay, The Secret Life Of The American Teenager, ABC Family; The Closer, TNT Paula Garcés, The Shield, FX Roselyn Sanchez, Without a Trace, CBS Sara Ramirez, Grey's Anatomy, ABC
YEAR IN FILM Special Achievement Honorees
Alfred Molina, Pink Panther 2 Cheech Marin, Race To Witch Mountain Freddy Rodriguez, Nothing Like the Holidays Oscar Nunez, The Proposal Clifton Collins Jr., Star Trek; Crank: High Voltage Efren Ramirez, Crank: High Voltage Javier Bardem, Vicky Cristina Barcelona Joaquin Phoenix, Two Lovers John Leguizamo, Nothing Like the Holidays
Luis Guzmán, The Taking of Pelham 123 Ramon Rodriguez, Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen