"Bless Me, Ultima", a drama about a young boy who grows up in New Mexico during World War II, was a big winner at the 2013 Imagen Awards, held to present positive portrayals of Latinos and Latino culture in entertainment. The film, directed by "Out of Time" helmer Carl Franklin, was hailed as Best Feature Film by the Imagen Foundation.
At the event held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, August 16, the adaptation of Rudolfo Anaya's critically-acclaimed novel also earned another prize through Luke Ganalon's Best Actor/Supporting Actor in a feature film. Miriam Colon, who stars as Ultima, a mysterious healer who teaches Ganalon's Antonio about the power of spiritual world, won the actress award.
Philanthropist Christy Walton, the executive producer of "Bless Me, Ultima", was presented with the Imagen Foundation's President's Award. Writer/producer Jesus Salvador Trevino was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, while directing brothers Michael and Gerald Cuesta received the Norman Lear Writing Award.
The winners were chosen by a panel of entertainment industry executives and Latino community leaders.
"This year, we received 200 entries which really continues to enhance the market value of our community and we are pleased that these creative efforts are once again being acknowledged," Imagen Foundation president Helen Hernandez said in a statement.
The annual event was hosted by Latina journalist Elizabeth Espinosa. Among celebrities in attendance were Aubrey Plaza, Bella Thorne and more.
Full Winners List of 2013 Imagen Awards in Movie: