Ahh, awards season. If you’re like my Mami and I, we treat entertainment award season like others may think of baseball or fútbol seasons. We participate in the spectator sport of guessing (long distance now that we’re on separate coasts with time differences en el telefóno with free nights and weekend minutes) who is “unbeweavable”, curly hair down vs. straight updos, who is wearing Spanx and who isn’t and how long (not very) we’d last in the sky-high heels inevitably rolling down the red carpet. Si, there are always imaginary “best dressed” nominees but it’s all in good fun.
Cut to last Friday, where I luckily got press access to attend my first awards show in person; I, Carlita, who’d possibly be watching at home en una bata y chanclas, was on the red carpet of the 28th Annual Imagen Awards sponsored by the Imagen Foundation that took place in Beverly Hills, CA. Airing September 21 and 22nd on PBS So CaL in Southern California, this award show honors 20 different categories of shows, drama and comedy web series, ads, movies, actors and actresses positively representing Latinos in the entertainment industry. Had to pinch myself a few times as stars like Constance Marie, Aubrey Plaza, Jorge Garcia, Gina Rodriguez, Gulliermo Diaz, Veronica Diaz-Carranza, Gloria Garayua (fellow Bronx girl), Monica Raymund, Cierra Ramirez, Julie Gonzalo, Julia Grob, Jon Huertas, Joe Minoso, Kenny Ortega (yes, Dirty Dancing is STILL one of my fav movies), Fatima Ptacek, Bella Thorne and Raini Rodriguez all stepped onto and rocked their best poses on the red carpet. Loved the variety of classic color palettes and styles of suits and dresses (props to Constance Marie who admitted she was planning to wear Spanx on her FB page) and best of all, the diversity reflected within the gente in attendance of all shades, shapes and sizes! It now also put some new great shows and movies on my “must-watch” list!
Felicidades to all the winners, click the links below for more info on these projects and catch the ceremony on TV in a few weeks!!
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. vs. 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)
By Being Latino Contributor, Carlita