John Leguizamo wins at ALMA Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - September 18, 2009

The ensemble drama starring John Leguizamo, Debra Messing and Freddy Rodriguez won three awards at Thursday's ceremony, which recognized achievements by Hispanic artists in film, television and music. Leguizamo, screenwriter Rick Najera and director Alfredo De Villa were awarded trophies for their work on the film.

The ALMA Awards were created in 1995 by the National Council of La Raza, a national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization, as part of its effort to promote diverse and fair portrayals of Latinos in the media. ALMA stands for American Latino Media Arts and means "soul" in Spanish.

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