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Child Actor Competes for Top Prize at Imagen Awards

July 25, 2007

HispanicBusiness.com staff

Actor Andy Garcia won Best Actor honors at last year's Imagen Awards.
Actor Andy Garcia won Best Actor honors at last year's Imagen Awards.

Expectations run high for 12-year-old actor Jake T. Austin as he awaits the Imagen Awards ceremony Saturday at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

If Jake wins the Best Actor award for his voice work as Diego in "Go, Diego, Go!" he would join an elite group of past Imagen Award winners that include Andy Garcia, Jennifer Lopez and Antonio Banderas.

Since 1985, the Imagen Awards have encouraged and recognized the positive portrayal of Hispanics in the media. In 1983, the awards followed a meeting between Helen Hernandez, founder of the Imagen Foundation, and producer Norman Lear, who's best known for his groundbreaking sitcom "All in the Family." Over the past 22 years, the Imagen Awards have continued to honor entertainment industry professionals.

The foundation says this year's move to the Walt Disney Concert Hall is a necessity with the increase of interest in award submissions, attendance, and sponsorship. Among the top Hispanic actors expected to attend are Jimmy Smits, a former Best Actor recipient, along with Eva La Rue of "CSI: Miami," Eddie Matos of "Cane" and Eva Mendes of "Ghost Rider."

The Imagen Foundation will honor the Disney-ABC Television Group with the President's Award, while the Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Walter Ulloa, chairman and CEO of Entravision. America Ferrera, the star of ABC's "Ugly Betty" will receive The Creative Achievement Award and the Norman Lear Writer's Award will go to Cyntia Cidre, writer of the upcoming CBS series "Cane."

Jake Austin's nomination for Best Actor puts him up against comic actor George Lopez, whose self-titled sitcom was canceled earlier this year. But it's a strong year for Mr. Lopez's show at the Imagen Awards – the series garnered nominations in categories such as best primetime show, best actor, best actress and best supporting actress. Mr. Lopez is also up for best variety or reality show for his HBO special, "American Mexican."

This is not the only time Jake finds himself in such good company. He's getting ready to take a run at next year's awards with his starring role in "The Perfect Game" alongside Cheech Marin, Lou Gossett, Jr., and Patricia Manterola. The film is based on the Monterrey, Mexico Little League team that overcame the odds to win the 1957 Little League World Series and become the first foreign team to be crowned champions. In winning the title, the team plays a perfect game – the only one in Little League World Series Championship history.

Jake portrays Angel Macias, the ambidextrous pitcher who pitched a perfect game in the championship against a team from La Mesa, Calif. The "Little Giants," as the Monterrey team came to be known, are credited with helping revive the Mexican League.

To view footage from the 1957 Little League World Series, go to:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2153211340149111715

This year's nominees for the 22nd annual Imagen Awards include the following:

FILM
BEST PICTURE
• "Pan's Labyrinth"
• "Goal! The Dream Begins"
• "Quinceaρera"
• "Apocalypto"
• "Babel"

BEST ACTOR
• Kuno Becker – "Goal! The Dream Begins "
• Jesse Garcia – "Quinceaρera"
• Wilmer Valderrama – "Fast Food Nation"

BEST ACTRESS
• Ivana Baquero – "Pan's Labyrinth"
• Emily Rios – "Quinceaρera"
• Eva Mendes – "Ghost Rider"

BEST DIRECTOR
• Guillermo Del Toro – "Pan's Labyrinth"
• Alejandro Gonzalez Iρarritu – "Babel"
• Kenny Ortega – "The Cheetah Girls 2"
• Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland – "Quinceaρera"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
• Dalia Hernandez – "Apocalypto"
• Adriana Barraza – "Babel"
• Miriam Colon – "Goal! The Dream Begins"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
• Chalo Gonzalez – "Quinceaρera"
• Gerardo Taracena – "Apocalypto"
• Gael Garcia Bernal – "Babel"
• Tony Plana – "Goal! The Dream Begins"

BEST THEATRICAL SHORT OR STUDENT FILM
• "Primera Comunion" – Directed by Daniel Eduvi jes Carrera
• "Marrying God" – Directed by Duke Johnson

TELEVISION
BEST DOCUMENTARY FOR TELEVISION OR FILM
• "Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano" – Original Chicano Productions: PBS
• "30 Days" – Reveille Productions: FX Network
• "For My Country: Latinos in the Military" – Produced by Mun2; Mun2
• "Maribel" – Albert Salaz Jr. Productions: Los Angeles International Short Film
Festival
• "Habla Mas in Chicago" – Latino Media Works: HBO Latino
• "Los Lonely Boys: Cottonfields and Crossroads" – Produced by Galan Productions,
Inc: PBS
• "From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale" – City Lore, Inc: PBS

BEST PRIMETIME PROGRAM
• "Ugly Betty"
• "Angel Rodriguez"
• "Lost"
• "The George Lopez Show"

BEST ACTOR
• George Lopez – "The George Lopez Show"
• Miguel Ferrer – "Crossing Jordan"
• Carlos Mencia – "Mind of Mencia"
• Jake T. Austin – "Go, Diego, Go"
• J.D. Pardo – "A Girl Like Me, The Gwen Araujo Story"

BEST ACTRESS
• America Ferrera – "Ugly Betty"
• Kathleen Herles – "Dora the Explorer"
• Mercedes Ruehl – "A Girl Like Me, The Gwen Araujo Story"
• Judy Reyes – "Scrubs"
• Constance Marie – "The George Lopez Show"
• Eva Longoria – "Desperate Housewives"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
• Lorenzo Lamas – "The Bold and the Beautiful"
• David Zayas – "Dexter"
• Benito Martinez – "The Shield"
• Jose Yenque – "Between"
• Jorge Garcia – "Lost"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
• Sara Ramirez – "Grey's Anatomy"
• Aimee Garcia – "The George Lopez Show"
• Eva La Rue – "CSI: Miami"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
• Alana de la Garza – "Law & Order"
• Ana Ortiz – "Ugly Betty"

BEST VARIETY SHOW OR REALITY SHOW
• "The Drop" – SiTV
• "George Lopez's American Mexican" – HBO Entertainment
• "Dancing with the Stars" – BBC Worldwide, ABC
• "El Reto Final Nissan" – Fox Sports en Espaρol
• "Mind of Mencia" – Comedy Central

BEST CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING
• "Maya and Miguel" – Scholastic Productions
• "Dora the Explorer" – Nelvana Limited in association with Nickelodeon Network
• "El Perro y El Gato" – Prime Time Communications; HBO
• "Go, Diego, Go!" – Nickelodeon Studios in association with Nickelodeon Network;
Nickelodeon
• "The Cheetah Girls 2" – Disney Channel; Disney Channel

BEST NATIONAL INFORMATIONAL PROGRAMMING
• "The Martin Garcia Story" – Univision Network
• "Noticiero Univision Presenta" – La Tormenta Despuιs de Katrina: Univision
• "Univision Pasaporte al Espacio" – Univision Network
• "VOCES" – PBS
• "The Extra Weekend Show: Latinos in Entertainment Program" – EXTRA TV

BEST LOCAL INFORMATIONAL PROGRAMMING
• "The Border: Illegal Immigration" – KCBS-TV
• "Vista L.A." – KABC-TV
• "Life & Times" – KCET-TV
• "Your L.A./Guadalupe Strings" – KNBC-NBC Universal
• "State Divided" - NBC4 (KNBC)

BEST ON-AIR ADVERTISING
• Translation – Prayer: MTVN
• Voto Latino Campaign: Mun2
• Splenda: Mama Yo Quiero New: La Agencia de Orci and Associates
• Goal! The Dream Begins Vignette: Arenas Entertainment
• Ugly Betty, El Corrido de Betty: Arenas Entertainment
• Honda, Vive-tu Momento C-Note: Mun2
• Lactaid "Pass It On": La Agencia de Orci and Associates
• VJ Campaign: Mun2



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