And the 2009 Alma Awards Geeky Nominees Are…

Alma Awards

This Friday, September 18th, I’m checking out the Alma Awards show! It’s Latino Emmys, Grammys, and Oscars all rolled into one. I admit I am an Alma Awards virgin, but this year it looks like several of my favorite genre peeps will be on the show as presenters or nominees (or both!). Here’s a list of the nominees for 2009.  I’ve highlighted genre shows or film. There are other categories like sports and music, but… yeah. You can see the full list at the Alma Awards website, along with the 2008 winners list to give you an idea of the categories that the Alma Awards focuses on. There will also be a tribute to Ricardo Montalban, presented by Rita Moreno. “Alma” means “soul” or “spirit” by the way.

I don’t want to make predictions because I don’t have a firm grasp on how the show votes BUT I can say who I’m rooting for!


  • I’m rooting for: James Roday, Psych, USA (OK, not really genre but the show’s too geeky to miss)
  • Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men, CBS
  • Demián Bichir, Weeds, SHO
  • George Lopez, Mr. Troop Mom, NICK
  • Horatio Sanz, In The Motherhood, ABC
  • Jake T. Austin, Wizards of Waverly Place, DISNEY CHANNEL
  • Love> Joshua Gomez, Chuck, NBC
  • Mark Indelicato, Ugly Betty, ABC
  • Oscar Nunez, The Office, NBC
  • Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Desperate Housewives, ABC
  • Tony Plana, Ugly Betty, ABC


  • I’m rooting for, but she won last year: America Ferrera, Ugly Betty, ABC
  • Ana Ortiz, Ugly Betty, ABC
  • Eva Longoria Parker, Desperate Housewives, ABC
  • Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Entourage, HBO
  • Jessica Alba, The Office, NBC
  • Joanna Garcia, Privileged, CW
  • Judy Reyes, Scrubs, ABC
  • >> Miss you, Reaper! Lupe Ontiveros, Reaper, CW
  • Maria Canals-Barrera, Wizards of Waverly Place, DISNEY CHANNEL
  • Nadine Velazquez, My Name Is Earl, NBC
  • Rosie Perez, Lipstick Jungle, NBC
  • Salma Hayek, 30 Rock, NBC
  • Selena Gomez, Wizards of Waverly Place, DISNEY CHANNEL


  • Rooting for: Nestor Carbonell, Lost, ABC
  • Rooting for, but won last year: Edward James Olmos, Battlestar Galactica, SYFY
  • >> LOVE. But won last year: Jorge Garcia, Lost, ABC
  • Adam Rodriguez, CSI Miami, CBS
  • Amaury Nolasco, Prison Break, FOX
  • Benito Martinez, The Shield, FX
  • Benjamin Bratt, The Cleaner, A&E
  • Cristian de la Fuente, In Plain Sight, USA
  • Danny Pino, Cold Case, CBS
  • Enrique Murciano, Without a Trace, CBS
  • Esai Morales, Jericho, CBS
  • Jimmy Smits, Dexter, SHO
  • Miguel Sandoval, Medium, NBC/CBS
  • David Zayas, Dexter, SHO
  • Carlos Bernard, 24, FOX


  • Rooting for: Lauren Vélez, Dexter, SHO
  • Alana De La Garza, Law & Order, NBC
  • Cote de Pablo, NCIS, CBS
  • HATED the character>> Dania Ramirez, Heroes, NBC
  • Eva La Rue, CSI Miami, CBS
  • Francia Raisa, The Secret Life Of The American Teenager, ABC Family
  • Julie Gonzalo, Eli Stone, ABC
  • Justina Machado, ER, NBC
  • Laura Cerón, ER, NBC
  • Michelle Rodriguez, Lost, ABC
  • Paola Turbay, The Secret Life Of The American Teenager, ABC Family; The Closer, TNT
  • Paula Garcés, The Shield, FX
  • Roselyn Sanchez, Without a Trace, CBS
  • Sara Ramirez, Grey’s Anatomy, ABC


  • Rooting for: Luis Guzmán, The Taking of Pelham 123
  • Alfred Molina, Pink Panther 2
  • Cheech Marin, Race To Witch Mountain
  • Freddy Rodriguez, Nothing Like the Holidays
  • Oscar Nunez, The Proposal
  • Clifton Collins Jr., Star Trek; Crank:  High Voltage
  • Efren Ramirez, Crank:  High Voltage
  • Javier Bardem, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Joaquin Phoenix, Two Lovers
  • John Leguizamo, Nothing Like the Holidays
  • Ramon Rodriguez, Transformers:  Revenge of The Fallen


  • Rooting LOUDLY for: Zoe Saldana, Star Trek
  • Elisabeth Peña, Nothing Like the Holidays
  • Sofía Vergara, Madea Goes to Jail
  • Cameron Diaz, My Sister’s Keeper
  • Eva Mendes, The Spirit, The Women
  • Michelle Rodriguez, Fast & Furious
  • Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • LOVE>> Rosario Dawson, Seven Pounds


  • Rooting for: Guillermo del Toro, Director, Hellboy 2:  The Golden Army
  • David Ortiz, Producer, Hellboy 2:  The Golden Army; Fast & Furious
  • Kenny Ortega, Director, HSM3
  • Linda Mendoza, Director, various productions, including Jonas; Scrubs
  • Natalie Chaidex, Co-Executive Producer, Terminator: Sarah Conner Chronicles
  • Peter Murrieta, Writer/Executive Producer, Wizards of Waverly Place
  • Rene Echevarria, Executive Producer/Writer, Medium
  • Roberto Orci, Writer, Star Trek; Transformers 2; Executive Producer, The Proposal (TV: Fringe)
  • Salma Hayek, Executive Producer, Ugly Betty
  • Louis J. Horvitz, Director, Awards Specials
  • YES.>> Claudio Miranda, Cinematographer, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Oscar Nominee)
  • Mike Elizalde, Makeup, Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Oscar Nominee)
  • Jeanne Van Phue, Makeup, Twilight
  • Mary Ann Valdes, Hair Stylist, Twilight; Ugly Betty
  • Silvio Horta, Executive Producer/Writer, Ugly Betty
  • LOVE>> Edward James Olmos, Director, Battlestar Galactica
  • Moctesuma Esparza, Executive Producer/Executive, Independent Films
  • Alfredo De Villa, Director, Nothing Like the Holidays
  • Rick Najera, Writer, Nothing Like the Holidays

Lauren Vélez

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