A Celebration of Latino Talent at the 2017 Imagen Awards
EXCERPT: NBC NEWS
Friday night’s start-studded Imagen Awards, held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons hotel, hosted an array of entertainment’s top-tier talent -- from Lin-Manuel Miranda to America Ferrera, and the icon who is Rita Moreno.
Winners at last night’s Imagen Awards included multiple wins for the Netflix-original, “One Day at a Time.” Based on Norman Lear’s 1975 hit show by the same name, the show took home the Best Comedy- TV award, Best Young Actor-TV category with actor, Marcel Ruiz, who dedicated his trophy to Puerto Rico, Best Supporting Actress-TV with Isabella Gomez, and Best Actress-TV, Justina Machado.
Best Actor-TV award was given to Guillermo Diaz, for his role on “Scandal,” and Best Supporting Actor-TV went to Peter Gadiot, for “Queen of The South.”
“Queen of the South,” took home Best Primetime TV program.
This year the annual Imagen Awards celebrated its 32nd year honoring the talents of Latinos in television and film. A demographic often overlooked by mainstream award shows, the premier event highlights the positive images of Latino culture and Latinos in entertainment.
The Best Director award went to Miguel Arteta for “Beatriz at Dinner,” starring Salma Hayek, who also won Best Actress in a Feature Film for her role in the movie.
“Making this movie like this is hard, even with a great star like Salma Hayek to get the funding for a film that has a Latina at the center of it, but once you make it, people will see it. This award goes to all the people who’re fighting, “la lucha,” to get their Latino stories told. Keep fighting,” Arteta said.
Best Picture award was won by the film, “How to be a Latin Lover.”
President of the Imagen Foundation and co-founder of the Imagen Awards, Helen Hernandez, told NBC Latino the ceremony is an opportunity for the Latino creative community to say to the Miranda family we’re proud of you and welcome to Los Angeles.
Edy Ganem was nominated in the Best Actress feature film category. She was first nominated for “Devious Maids,” then for “Ana Maria in "Novela Land,” and this year for the film “Created Equal.”
Ganem told NBC Latino that although things for Latino actors are changing very slowly, she feels lucky to be in the business today, and excited that there is a movement afoot to push the issue of more Latino representation in Hollywood.