Betty Cleans Up Good at ALMA Awards

America Ferrera, Charlie Sheen and Jorge Garcia among big winners at Latino-honoring awards

By Gina Serpe Aug 18, 2008 3:41 PMTags
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Ugly Betty had a beautiful night at the 2008 ALMA Awards.

Not only did the recently relocated series take home the award for best Latino-led ensemble cast at the Sunday ceremony, but star America Ferrera walked away with the top prize of the night, Entertainer of the Year.

Ferrera earned the accolade not only for her work on the ABC hit, but for her offscreen efforts to encourage youth to become politically active.

The 24-year-old star also brought her magic awards touch to La Misma Luna, an indie film in which she had a small part. The movie took home the Special Achievement Award for a Spanish-language motion picture.

Plenty of other big names got big props during the Eva Longoria Parker-hosted ALMA ceremony, honoring the top Latino performers in the arts.

Two and a Half Men's Charlie Sheen and Scrubs' Judy Reyes scored the lead TV comedy acting prizes, while Battlestar Galactica's Edward James Olmos and Without a Trace's Roselyn Sanchez owned the drama side.

In the supporting TV acting categories, Lost's Jorge Garcia and Eli Stone's Julie Gonzalo reigned.

Shakira was given the Humanitarian Award for her efforts in the area of children's education, while Linda Ronstadt took home the Trailblazer Award for her contribution to music.

And, as no award show is complete without a Zac Efron red carpet appearance, the HSM crew was on hand to support High School Musical 2 director Kenny Ortega, who won the Special Achievement Award for the made-for-TV movie.

A two-hour version of the show, featuring performances from the Black Eyed Peas and the Cheetah Girls, will air Sept. 12 on ABC.

Here's the complete list of winners:

  • Entertainer of the Year: America Ferrera
  • Humanitarian Award: Shakira
  • Trailblazer Award: Linda Ronstadt
  • Performance by a Latino Ensemble in a TV Series: Ugly Betty
  • Actor in a TV Series, Drama: Edward James Olmos, Battlestar Galactica
  • Actress in a TV Series, Drama: Roselyn Sanchez, Without A Trace
  • Actor in TV Series, Comedy: Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men
  • Actress in a TV Series, Comedy: Judy Reyes, Scrubs
  • Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Drama: Jorge Garcia, Lost
  • Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Drama: Julie Gonzalo, Eli Stone
  • Director of a TV Series: Linda Mendoza, Ugly Betty
  • Writing for a TV Series: Gloria Calderon Kellett, How I Met Your Mother
  • Comedy Special: George Lopez: America's Mexican
  • Made-for-TV Documentary: American Experience: Roberto Clemente
  • Career Achievement Award: David Wader, stage manager
  • Special Achievement in Fashion: Narciso Rodriguez
  • Special Achievement Award: Spanish-Language Motion Picture: La Misma Luna
  • Special Achievement Award: Director of a Made-for-TV movie: Kenny Ortega, High School Musical 2