The Imagen Foundation held its 27th Annual Awards last Friday in Beverly Hills was all glitz and glitter but unlike other industry award presentations, the Imagen’s is more than just showing off a designer gown or a trophy date hanging on some gorgeous hunk. No, the Imagen Awards is serious business and to win one of its awards and recognition, is something special to the Latinos they are honoring and to mainstream Hollywood.
Los Americans, an eight-part series that focuses on a multi-generational, middle-income Latino family living in Los Angeles, took the much coveted Best Drama Web Series category!
The series is written and directed by Dennis Leoni, who is also known for bringing us the award-winning television series Resurrection Blvd. for Showtime.
“It’s wonderful to win the Imagen for Best Drama Web Series,” says Leoni. “I know everyone at One Economy and V-Studios, Robert Townsend and especially the crew and the cast are all very honored, proud and excited to win. I just hope that those out there who say they want to attract the Latino audience will realize that if Los Americans is winning awards for being the best Latino show then maybe Los Americans should be given a chance to be on network or cable television.”
Winning was bittersweet because an important member of the Los Americans family was not present to savor the night—Lupe Ontiveros—who played a complicated woman dealing with alcoholism, mother of Esai Morales’ character, Lee Valenzuela, who is head of his family. The Valenzuela’s deal with many issues facing American families today including: unemployment, cultural identity and alcoholism.
Just in case you have not had an opportunity to watch Los Americans, then stop whatever you’re doing and watch the latest episode at: http://pic.tv/losamericans/ We know that you’ll be hooked.
Los Americans cast include:
Esai Morales (Fairly Legal), Lupe Ontiveros (Desperate Housewives), Yvonne de la Rosa (Longmire, NCIS, Weeds), Raymond Cruz (The Closer, Breaking Bad), Tony Plana (Ugly Betty), JC Gonzalez, Ana Villafane, Jovan Armand, Valerie Rose Curiel, and Bibiana Novas.
Discover why the Imagen Awards thinks it is all that and a bottle of tequila!
Latin Heat tips its hat off to Los Americans, Dennis Leoni and every one who won a 2012 Imagen Award!
–Elia Esparza, Editor-In-Chief