Latino talents feted

Diaz, Banderas, Lopez, others earn ALMA kudos

Thesps Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas, as well as songsters Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez and Christina Aguilera, were among the crop of Hispanic performers who were feted Sunday in Pasadena at the fifth annual American Latino Media Arts Awards.

ALMA kudos went to a number of Latin talents, including Diaz, “Any Given Sunday”; Hector Elizondo, “Chicago Hope”; Wilson Cruz, “Party of Five”; Laura Ceron, “ER”; and Banderas, who nabbed the directing nod for “Crazy in Alabama,” in addition to the acting award for “The 13th Warrior.”

Due to an unprecedented level of achievement this year in the musicvideo arena, 10 performers were recognized. Among those recognized were the Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan (with ’N Sync), Enrique Iglesias, Marc Anthony, Rage Against the Machine and Santana.

Martin also nabbed the male entertainer of the year award, while Lopez and Aguilera garnered prizes, respectively, for female entertainer and new female entertainer.

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