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Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Victor Bello/TWC 2008

Vicky Cristina Barcelona is the gift that has kept on giving for the unexpectant Penélope Cruz.

The Oscar winner picked up her umpteenth honor tonight for her role as Javier Bardem's loca ex in the Woody Allen comedy, taking home the film actress award at the 2009 ALMA Awards, which recognizes the achievements of Hispanic artists in movies, TV and music.

The culture-clash dramedy Nothing Like the Holidays, costarring Debra Messing as the fish-out-of-water guest at her Hispanic in-laws' Christmas dinner, won a leading three trophies, including film actor of the year for John Leguizamo, who played Messing's hubby.

Salma Hayek was honored with the Anthony Quinn Award for Industry Excellence, and Rita Moreno showed up to present a tribute to the late Ricardo Montalban.

David Archuleta, Nelly Furtado, Shakira and Sean Kingston were among the musical guests. Eva Longoria Parker and George Lopez cohosted the ceremony at UCLA's Royce Hall.


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