Selena Makes Like Salma, Penélope at ALMA Awards

Stars all pick up prizes, while Nothing Like the Holidays wins big at the American Latino Media Arts Awards

By Natalie Finn Sep 18, 2009 4:30 AMTags
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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.

Jessica Alba was named Fashion Icon, 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. Disneyfied tween queen Selena Gomez picked up an acting prize for Wizards of Waverly Place.

David Archuleta (Best New Artist), 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.

Here's the full list of winners:

  • Actor, Film: John Leguizamo, Nothing Like the Holidays
  • Actress, Film: Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Drama Actor, TV: Benjamin Bratt, The Cleaner
  • Drama Actress, TV: Lauren Vélez, Dexter
  • Comedy Actor, TV: Oscar Nuñez, The Office
  • Comedy Actress, TV: Selena Gomez, Wizards of Waverly Place
  • New Musical Artist: David Archuleta
  • Dance Recording: Pitbull, "I Know You Want Me, Calle Ocho"
  • Documentaries: Latino Public Broadcasting
  • Makeup: Jeanne Van Phue, Twilight
  • Hair Stylist: Mary Ann Valdes, Twilight/Ugly Betty
  • Writer: Rick Najera, Nothing Like the Holidays
  • Director: Alfredo De Villa, Nothing Like the Holidays
  • Fashion Icon: Jessica Alba
  • Anthony Quinn Award for Industry Excellence: Salma Hayek
  • Special Achievement in Sports Television: Oscar De La Hoya
  • PepsiCo Adelante ALMA Award: Raul Yzaguirre



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