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2009 ALMA Awards Honorees in Movie

August 26, 2009 (4:53 am) GMT
Javier Bardem and Joaquin Phoenix are vying for Best Actor of the Year title, while Cameron Diaz, Eva Mendes and Penelope Cruz will battle it out for the actress kudo.

The honorees for ALMA Awards 2009's special achievement in motion picture category have been unraveled by the National Council of La Raza. On Tuesday, August 25 at a news conference at Beso Restaurant, NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguia and Executive Producer revealed that there will be 11 actors and 8 actresses competing for Best Actor and Best Actress.

Among those vying for Best Actor of the Year title are "" leading man , "" star and "" actor . Meanwhile, the actresses receiving nominations include , , , and .

Beside the performers in motion pictures, a number of film crew also get a shot at winning Behind the Scenes honor. "" director Kenny Ortega, "" helmer Guillermo del Toro, "" make-up artist Jeanne Van Phue and "" cinematographer Claudio Miranda are among them.

The larger number of nominees for each category is part of the significant format change for this year's ALMA Awards. "If you like the ALMA Awards, you will love this year's show because we're bringing you more of what you love most, unique musical pairings and the best Latino entertainment," Murguia shared on the changes.

The 2009 ALMA Awards will be taped on September 17 at the Royce Hall Auditorium at UCLA and aired on ABC Television Network the next day, September 18 from 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. ET/PT. Eva Longoria will co-host with . To give special honors to and , and special tribute to the late Ricardo Montalban, ALMA also honors the best in television, music and sports television.

2009 ALMA Awards' Special Achievement Honorees for Year in Film:

Best Actor of the Year:

Best Actress of the Year:

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