The 27th Imagen Awards, celebrating positive Latino portrayals in TV and film, kicked off with a blast of mariachi music and a bevy of yells and whistling from the crowd. The Friday event felt more like a party than a tribute event; at least the celebs who filled the BevHilton seemed to think so, offering up a solid selection of laughs and blooper-reel moments throughout.
Lou Diamond Phillips, for one, wasn’t shy about having fun.
“I used to play young guns. Now I play dads. Fifteen years ago I would’ve hit on that chick!” he joked, referring to host Gina Rodriguez. “Ugh. Stand and deliver Viagra.”
Hijinks also reigned supreme at the ceremony: A funny moment became an awkwardly hilarious one when Alexa Vega and Francia Raisa played with Vega’s award and accidentally dropped it, busting the glass trophy from its base.
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Genuine emotion bubbled up as well during the show. Jenni Rivera received a standing ovation as she accepted the president’s award. “I’m so ghetto I had to bring my napkin with me,” Rivera quipped, dabbing her eyes.
And many performers mentioned the passing of Lupe Ontiveros, who received a fitting moment of silence early in the program.