Eva Longoria (Depserate Housewives), Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty)

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The race to the podium just got a little spicier.

The nominations for the 2008 ALMA Awards, honoring Latinos' contribution to entertainment, were announced today, and while Eva Longoria Parker will once again be pulling double duty as ceremony host and executive producer, she was surprisingly absent from the list of contenders, failing to score a nomination for her performance on Desperate Housewives.

The snub is unlikely to put a damper on the celebration, however, as plenty of other big-name contenders did get an early morning name check, including the cast of Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy's Sara Ramirez, Lost's Jorge Garcia, Scrubs' Judy Reyes, The Office's Oscar Nuñez , Battlestar Galactica's Edward James Olmos and Longoria's Housewives costar Ricardo Chavira.

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony also made the cut, albeit not individually, as their costarring biopic, El Cantante, is up for Outstanding Performance of a Lead Latino/a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Ugly Betty, meanwhile, is set to take home the Special Achievement Award for a Latino/a-led TV ensemble.

But like Longoria, America Ferrera was also absent from the individual contenders this year, though she is set to make an appearance on the show, as are Jessica Alba, the Black Eyed Peas, Sofia Vergara and Cristián de la Fuente, who helped Longoria announce the nominees this morning.

In the Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series category, Olmos faces off with Without a Trace's Enrique Marciano, Cold Case's Danny Pino and CSI: Miami's Adam Rodriguez.

Garcia, Chavira and Prison Break's Amaury Nolasco are among the contenders for the Supporting Actor race.

On the comedy side, Carlos Mencia battles against Nuñez and Two and a Half Men juggernaut Charlie Sheen in the Outstanding Male Performance category, while Reyes goes up against My Name is Earl's Nadine Velasquez and pint-size contender Selena Gomez, star of Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place, for Outstanding Female Performance honors.

Special honors will be doled out to Linda Ronstadt, Shakira and designer Narciso Rodriguez this year, for the impact and influence their work has had on American culture.

The show will tape Aug. 17 and air on ABC Sept. 12. Here's the complete list of nominees:

MOTION PICTURE CATEGORIES

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF A LEAD LATINO/A CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE

  • Bella
  • El Cantante
  • Illegal Tender
  • Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Tortilla Heaven

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT—OUTSTANDING SPANISH LANGUAGE MOTION PICTURE

  • La Misma Luna (Under the Same Moon)

TELEVISION CATEGORIES

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT—OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF A LATINO/A-LED ENSEMBLE IN A TELEVISION SERIES

  • Ugly Betty

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA TELEVISION SERIES

  • Enrique Murciano, Without a Trace
  • Edward James Olmos, Battlestar Galactica
  • Danny Pino, Cold Case
  • James Roday, Psych
  • Adam Rodriguez, CSI: Miami

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA TELEVISION SERIES

  • Ricardo Chavira, Desperate Housewives
  • Jorge Garcia, Lost
  • Benito Martinez, The Shield
  • Amaury Nolasco, Prison Break
  • Miguel Sandoval, Medium

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA TELEVISION SERIES

  • Valerie Cruz, The Dresden Files
  • Cote de Pablo, NCIS
  • Lana Parrilla, Swingtown
  • Sara Ramirez , Grey’s Anatomy
  • Roselyn Sanchez, Without a Trace

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA TELEVISION SERIES

  • Alana De La Garza, Law & Order
  • Marisol Nichols, 24
  • Paula Garces, The Shield
  • Julie Gonzalo, Eli Stone
  • Dania Ramirez, Heroes
  • Lauren Velez, Dexter

OUTSTANDING MALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY TELEVISION SERIES

  • Jake T. Austin, Wizards of Waverly Place
  • Joshua Gomez, Chuck
  • Carlos Mencia, Mind of Mencia
  • Oscar Nuñez, The Office
  • Johnny A. Sanchez, MADtv
  • Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men

OUTSTANDING FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY TELEVISION SERIES

  • Maria Canals-Barrera, Wizards of Waverly Place
  • Selena Gomez, Wizards of Waverly Place
  • Anjelah Johnson, MADtv
  • Judy Reyes, Scrubs
  • Nadine Velasquez, My Name Is Earl
  • Persia White, Girlfriends

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SPECIAL

  • Carlos Mencia: Performance Enhanced
  • George Lopez: America's Mexican
  • Hick-Spanic
  • The Original Latin Divas of Comedy
  • The Payaso Comedy Slam

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A TELEVISION SERIES

  • Norberto Barba, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, "Depths"
  • Rodrigo Garcia, In Treatment, "Paul and Gina, Week One"
  • Linda Mendoza, Ugly Betty, "Betty's Baby Bump"
  • Miguel Sandoval, Medium, "Aftertaste"
  • Jay Torres, Desperate Housewives, "Distant Past"

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTOUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MADE FOR TV MOVIE

  • Kenny Ortega, High School Musical 2

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A TELEVISION SERIES

  • Mick Betancourt, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, "Fight"
  • Silvio Horta, Ugly Betty, "Jump"
  • Gloria Calderon Kellet, How I Met Your Mother, "How I Met Everyone Else"
  • Jose Molina, Without a Trace, "Without You"

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A DAYTIME DRAMA SERIES

  • Maurice Bernard, General Hospital
  • Kamar de los Reyes, One Life to Live
  • David Fumero, One Life to Live
  • Galen Gering, Passions
  • Jessica Leccia, Guiding Light
  • Eva Tamargo, Passions
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