The Alma Awards ceremony was an emotion-filled event that featured white ribbons and a pregnancy that was celebrated by all of Hispanic Hollywood.
The ceremony, which took place in Los Angeles on June 1st, was marked by a very pregnant Salma Hayek in the house next to fiancé Francois-Henri Pinault, and by director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s call for the U.S. government to approve an immigration reform bill.
Eva Longoria was the evening’s emcee and changed gowns not once, not twice but 14 times!
Upon arriving on the red carpet, the actress, who will soon marry Tony Parker, was thrilled to be escorted to the event by her fiancé. “It’s a miracle that he’s here,” Longoria told Peopleenespanol.com. “He surprised me [with his arrival] today.” Parker said the Desperate Housewives (ABC) actress “is a good person and has a great heart.”
The ceremony got under way with a dance number that featured Longoria and Mario López, along with the rest of the dancers from the ABC television show Dancing With The Stars.
Eva then took the reins for the night, joking at times about global warming, gas prices and the presence of so many Latinos at the event. “This could very well be my wedding,” she joked.
Among those in the audience, many of them wearing a white ribbon on their lapels, were: Adriana Barraza, Angélica Vale, Ana Ortiz, América Ferrera, Andy García, Daisy Fuentes, Dayanara Torres, Roselyn Sánchez, Laura Harring, Edward James Olmos and Rafael Amaya.
González Iñárritu, who received the Best Director award for Babel, said: “We’re wearing these ribbons to ask government leaders to come to a political agreement so that millions of undocumented people who work in inhuman conditions are granted legal status.”
BABEL AND UGLY BETTY TAKE ALL
Babel took home four statuettes, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Adriana Barraza) and Best Screenplay (Guillermo Arriaga).
In TV land, Ugly Betty (ABC) swept the board: Best Television Series, Best Actress (América Ferrera), Best Supporting Actress (Ana Ortiz) and Best TV Screenwriting (Silvio Horta).
The award ceremony, organized by the National Council of La Raza, was held in the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and will be broadcast June 5th on ABC.