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[04/04/06 - 12:00 AM]
Eva Longoria, Danny Pino and Carlos Mencia Announce Nominations for "The 2006 Alma Awards"

[via press release from ABC]

EVA LONGORIA, DANNY PINO AND CARLOS MENCIA ANNOUNCE NOMINATIONS FOR �THE 2006 ALMA AWARDS�

The Award Show, Honoring Outstanding Latino Artistic Achievement in Television, Film and Music, Will Air Monday, June 5 on ABC

Nominations for �The 2006 ALMA Awards,� to air on ABC in June, were announced today during a press conference at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Eva Longoria (�Desperate Housewives�), Danny Pino (�Cold Case�) and Carlos Mencia (�Mind of Mencia�) joined Monica Lozano, chair, National Council of La Raza (NCLR), Board of Directors, to announce the nominees.

The ALMA Awards was created by the National Council of La Raza, the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S., in 1995 as part of NCLR�s strategy to promote fair, accurate and balanced portrayals of Latinos in the media and the enhancement of the Latino image in the entertainment industry. The show was named �ALMA� (Spanish for �spirit� or �soul�) to honor the determined spirit of the Latino community.

With the incomparable Eva Longoria as host, the Awards show will tape May 7 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and will air as a primetime special on MONDAY, JUNE 5 (9:30-11:00 p.m., ET/PT), on the ABC Television Network.

Jeff Margolis, Janet Murguia and David Chavez are executive producers of �The 2006 ALMA Awards.� The show is produced by Jeff Margolis Productions. Producers are Eva Longoria, Tisha Fein, Gloria Fujita O�Brien and Mick McCullough. The director is Ron De Moraes.

A complete list of nominations follows:

MOTION PICTURE CATEGORIES

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE:
� Clifton Collins, Jr. � �Capote�
� Benicio Del Toro � �Sin City�
� Michael Pe�a � �Crash�

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE:
� America Ferrera � �The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants�
� Q�Orianka Kilcher � �The New World�
� Eva Mendes � �Hitch�

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE:
� Jessica Alba � �Sin City�
� Elpidia Carrillo � �Nine Lives�
� Rosario Dawson � �Rent�

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE
� Rodrigo Garc�a � �Nine Lives�
� Fernando Meirelles � �The Constant Gardner�
� Robert Rodriguez � �Sin City�

TELEVISION CATEGORIES

OUTSTANDING TELEVISION SERIES:
� �Alias� (ABC)
� �Desperate Housewives� (ABC)
� �George Lopez� (ABC)
� �The Shield� (FX)
� �The West Wing� (NBC)

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES:
� George Lopez � �George Lopez� (ABC)
� Edward James Olmos � �Battlestar Gallactica� (The Sci Fi Channel)
� Jimmy Smits � �The West Wing� (NBC)

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES:
� Alexis Bledel � �Gilmore Girls� (WB)
� Belita Moreno � �George Lopez� (ABC)
� Judy Reyes � �Scrubs� (NBC)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES:
� Jorge Garcia � �Lost� (ABC)
� Benito Martinez � �The Shield� (FX)
� Amaury Nolasco � �Prison Break� (FOX)
� Freddy Rodriguez � �Six Feet Under� (HBO)
� Wilmer Valderrama � �That �70s Show� (FOX)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES:
� Justina Machado � �Six Feet Under� (HBO)
� Shelly Morrison � �Will & Grace� (NBC)
� Michelle Rodriguez � �Lost� (ABC)
� Liz Torres � �Gilmore Girls� (WB)
� Nadine Velazquez � �My Name Is Earl� (NBC)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A TELEVISION DRAMA OR COMEDY:
� Noberto Barba � �Law & Order: Criminal Intent� (NBC)
� Jay Torres � �Alias� (ABC)
� Jes�s Trevi�o � �Prison Break� (FOX)

OUTSTANDING SCRIPT FOR A TELEVISION DRAMA OR COMEDY:
� �Alien� - Written by Jose Molina for �Law & Order: Special Victims Unit� (NBC)
� �George Discovers Benny�s Sili-Con Job� - Written by Luisa Leschin for �George Lopez� (ABC)
� �Street Fighting Man� - Written by Alan Dybner for �That �70s Show� (FOX)
� �The Courtship of Freddie�s Father� - Written by Dailyn Rodriguez for �Freddie� (ABC)
� �The Duel� - Written by Gloria Calderon-Kellet for �How I Met Your Mother� (CBS)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A DAYTIME DRAMA:
� Kamar de los Reyes � �One Life to Live� (ABC)
� Melissa Gallo � �One Life to Live� (ABC)
� Eva LaRue � �All My Children� (ABC)

MUSIC CATEGORIES

SPANISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
� �Cautivo� � Chayanne (Sony BMG)
� �Diez� � Intocable (EMI International)
� �Fijaci�n Oral, Volumen 1� � Shakira (Epic)

OUTSTANDING MALE MUSICAL PERFORMER:
� Ryan Cabrera
� Daddy Yankee
� Frankie J

OUTSTANDING FEMALE MUSICAL PERFORMER:
� Mariah Carey
� Jennifer Lopez
� Shakira

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS:
� Marc Anthony - Celia Cruz Award for Excellence in Music
� Andy Garcia - Anthony Quinn Award for Excellence in Motion Pictures





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· ALIAS (ABC)
· BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (SYFY)
· COLD CASE (CBS)
· DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
· FREDDIE (ABC)
· GEORGE LOPEZ SHOW, THE (ABC)
· GEORGE LOPEZ SHOW, THE (ABC)
· GILMORE GIRLS (CW)
· HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (CBS)
· LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT (USA)
· LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (NBC)
· LOST (ABC)
· MIND OF MENCIA (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· MY NAME IS EARL (NBC)
· PRISON BREAK (FOX)
· SCRUBS (ABC)
· SHIELD, THE (FX)
· SIX FEET UNDER (HBO)
· THAT '70S SHOW (FOX)
· WEST WING, THE (NBC)
· WILL & GRACE (NBC)











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