“Motorcycle” and “Spanglish” Battle for Imagens

Road movie The Motorcycle Diaries and comedy Spanglish lead the nominations
with four nods apiece at this year’s Imagen Awards.

The Imagen Awards were established in 1985 to honor Latino actors in
entertainment. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Beverly Hills,
California, on June 17.

The Motorcycle Diaries–adapted from Argentine revolutionary Ernesto ‘Che’
Guevara’s diary of his South American trip–is up for best picture, best
supporting actor for Rodrigo De La Serna (Alberto), best supporting actress for
Mia Maestro (Chichina) and best director for Walter Salles.

The Adam Sandler-starring comedy Spanglish has been nominated for best
picture, best actress for Paz Vega (Flor), best supporting actress for Shelbie Bruce (Cristina) and best director for James L. Brooks.

Scrubs star Judy Reyes and Desperate Housewives beauty Eva Longoria will
fight it out for the best television actress award. Ailing comedian George Lopez‘s eponymous show is up for three gongs, including best TV actor.

Organizers have decided to withdraw the best film actor category this year,
due to lack of suitable entries. However, they will acknowledge the “excellent”
performance by Mexican heart-throb Gael Garcia Bernal as Che in The Motorcycle Diaries.

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