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LOS ANGELES — “La Misma Luna” swept the honors at the 23nd annual Imagen Awards.

The film about a Mexican mother and her son won awards for best film, actor, actress, supporting actor and director during a star-studded ceremony Thursday at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel. Established in 1985, the Imagen Awards honor contributions by and about Hispanics in the entertainment industry in 18 categories.

Television awards went to “Ugly Betty” for best prime-time program; “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan” for best reality show; “Mind of Mencia” star Carlos Mencia for best actor; “Snowglobe” star Christina Milian for best actress; “Heroes” co-star Dania Ramirez for best supporting actress and “Ugly Betty” co-star Tony Plana for best supporting actor.

Plana, the 54-year-old Cuban-American actor who appeared in “Three Amigos!” and “An Officer and a Gentleman” before his turn as Betty Suarez’s father in “Ugly Betty,” was also presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Norman Lear Writer’s Award was given to “La Misma Luna” executive producer and screenwriter Ligiah Villalobos.

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