June 30, 2006

“Lost City,” “Lead,” “Sharkboy” top Imagen finalists

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Lionsgate's "The Lost
City," New Line Cinema's "Take the Lead" and Miramax's "The
Adventures of Sharkboy & Lavagirl in 3-D" are the three
finalists in the best picture category for the 21st annual
Imagen Awards, which recognize positive portrayals of Latinos
in entertainment.

Among other nominees announced Thursday, Andy Garcia earned
noms in the best director and film actor for his work on "Lost
City." Robert Rodriguez picked up two bids in the director
category for "Sharkboy" and "Sin City," Antonio Banderas has
two bids in the lead actor category -- for "Lead" and "The
Legend of Zorro" -- and John Leguizamo rounds out the lead
actor category for "Sueno."

Lead actress noms went to America Ferrera for "The
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," Jessica Alba for "Fantastic
Four," Cameron Diaz for "In Her Shoes" and Ines Sastre for
"Lost City."

In television, top program noms went to NBC's "The West
Wing," ABC's "George Lopez," NBC's "ER" and HBO's "Epitafios"
and telefilm "Walkout."

"West Wing's" Jimmy Smits and sitcom star George Lopez
earned mentions in the lead TV actor category alongside
"Walkout's" Michael Pena, Danny Pino of CBS' "Cold Case" and
Edward James Olmos of Sci Fi Channel's "Battlestar Galactica."
On the distaff side, noms went to Alexa Vega of "Walkout,"
Constance Marie of "George Lopez," Rosa Blasi of Lifetime's
"Strong Medicine," Lisa Vidal of Lifetime's "Odd Girl Out" and
Vanessa Hudgens of Disney Channel's "High School Musical."

Winners in these and nine other categories will be
announced August 18 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. The
eligibility period for this year's awards is April 1,
2005-April 30.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter