Cristian de la Fuente by Kelsey McNeal/ABC, Eva Longoria Parker by Adam Larkey/ABC
Perched on a podium in the middle of Wisteria Lane, on Monday
Eva Longoria Parker
Cristian de la Fuente
announced the 2008 nominees for this year's ALMA Awards (American Latino Media Arts), plus spoke about some their own experiences, both personal and professional.
During the event, Longoria Parker confided that, years ago, she had been a seat filler for the award show. Now, a decade later, not only has she won several of the ALMA trophies, but she also might consider the new role of a mom - off camera. "I can't wait for real motherhood!" she gushed.
While Longoria Parker, who is executive producing and hosting the telecast, is not in the running this year, some of the notable nominees include
's Edward James Olmos and
Without a Trace
's Roselyn Sanchez. The annual award show, to be broadcast Sept. 12 on ABC, honors the work of Latinos in Hollywood.
Following the announcements, de la Fuente told TVGuide.com how much things had changed in Hollywood since he arrived a decade ago. "Every role for a Latino was either a drug dealer or...the guy that got shot the first five minutes of the movie," he said. "Now when you watch TV, Latinos are...just regular people that sometimes have an accent."
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