2019 Nosotros Award and fundraiser presented The Nosotros Golden Eagle Awards at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in the City of Hollywood, California on September 19, 2019.
The event brought many Latinos to celebrate and honored those who have impacted the Latino community and accomplished roles in front of the camera and behind the camera. The honorees have become role models in the Latino community and have completed humanitarian work. They also have created opportunities and inspired others in the industry from Actors, Actresses, Producers, Community Advocates, Television Executives and even local businesses. Since 1970, Nosotros has recognized and honored those who made a difference.
The Golden Eagle Awards were given to:
Edward James Olmos received the Lifetime of Impact Award.
Mr. Olmos is a well-known Latino Actor, Producer and Activist. He is also a Golden Globe Award Winner and received other awards such as Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead in “Stand and Deliver”. His well-known in films were noted for “Zoot Suit”, “Stand and Deliver” and “American Me”. He has appeared in many television shows and movies. Alma Awards have also acknowledged his work in the entertainment industry. A social activist founding Latino Public Broadcasting which he serves as the Chairman and is a non-profit organization funded by The Corporation of Public Broadcasting. This broadcasting is a leader for development, production, distribution of non-commercial educational and cultural media for the Latino people. Edward James Olmos had made appearances in juvenile halls, detention centers, boys and girls club and schools to reach out to kids and let them know they have a choice to make a difference in their life. Mr. Olmos is also a co-founder of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. Each year, the film festival focuses on the Latino talent from the United States. It gives Latinos a chance to represent the U.S. community of filmmakers, musicians, students, TV Writers, visual artists, producers and podcasters and to show their work in the film festivals movies.
Adriana Barraza received the Outstanding Career in Film Award.
Adriana Barraza is a Mexican born Actress, acting teacher and Director. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1999 which she was part of the cast in Amores Perros. She also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Babel which she collaborated with Director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. She was best known in Mexico as Master Barraza due to her partnership with Mexican Director, Sergio Jimenez known as El Profe. She also contributed in creating Actors Workshop in Mexico City teaching methods of acting. She currently operates her own acting school located in Miami, Florida titled Adriana Barraza’s Black Box. She was also a professional acting coach and worked on American film “Spanglish”. Adriana was also an acting instructor for Telemundo teaching accents to actors and actresses from all over Latin America. One of her recent films she has worked on is “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” who she portrays Abuelita Valerie.
Ivonne Coll – received The Outstanding Career in Television & Film Award.
Ivonne Coll is a Theater, Television and Film award winning Actress. She is known to play Alba Villanueva in the “Jane the Virgin” series from 2014 to 2019 and was nominated in 2015 for an Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress in Television. Another popular movie “Elena of Avalor”, Ivonne played Dona Angelica the ghost of chef grandmother of Carmen Rosa Guadalupe Guzman and Julio Osvaldo Valentino Guzman. She also guest starred in “One Day at a Time” in 2018. She also represented Farjardo in the Miss Puerto Rico pageant in 1966 and won. Ivonne Coll has many television credits such as Switch at birth, Teen Wolf, Glee, East Los High, Nip Tuck, An American Family, Six Feet Under, NYPD Blue, The Practice, ER, Heroes, Crossing Jordan and many other shows. When Coll moved to Los Angeles, California in 1976, she took dance and singing classes at the Academy of Stage and Cinema Arts. She then landed a part in a play called “Burning Beach” which was presented at the American Place Theater. In 2015, she was honored by the organizers of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade with a lifetime achievement award for her career.
Ozzie Areu – received the Visionary Leader Award.
Mr. Areu is a Cuban-American Producer and Founder & CEO of Areu Bros. The studio is the first Latino-owned and operated film and television studios in the United States. His career started when he was a security guard at Warner Bros. He also was a personal assistant to Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt for five years. He was then hired by Tyler Perry to be his Executive Assistant, then was promoted to President of Tyler Perry Studios a year after being Executive Assistant. After 13 years working with Tyler Perry he decided to be the Owner and Founder of Areu Bros. Ozzie made many films and produced over 900 episodes of television drama and sitcoms. He helped managed Tyler Perry Studio’s vision and help with storytelling and a family friendly entertainment for all audiences.
Melissa Barrera – received the Break-Out Artist Award.
Melissa Barrera is an Actress. In middle school she began getting involved in theater. She participated in school plays. She began her professional career during her last year of high school when she led the Mexican production of ‘Romeo y Julieta” playing Julieta. She was in a Mexican reality show called “La Academia’ of TV Azteca displaying her talents as a singer and showing her dancing abilities. She was asked to participate in her first telenovela in TV Azteca “La Mujer de Judas”. She also was in a role in the telenovela “La Otra Cara del Alma”. Melissa also appeared in the film “Sacudete las Penas” running production in Mexico City.
Jandiz Estrada Cardoso – received The Diversity Impact Award.
Jandiz Estrada Cardoso is a Sr. Director of Talent Development for NBC (Primetime Scripted Casting & Programming). She has been working in casting for two decades. She has worked on casting end of pilots and episodes with networks including AMC, ABC, CBS, Starz, SpikeTV and MTV as well. She joined the NBC’s Rockefeller office covering all scripted primetime pilots and served as an Associate on the last season of the Emmy Award Winning series, 30Rock. She was voted Backstage Magazine’s Reader Choice Award for Audition Coach of the Year. She is also a member off the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences and the Casting Society of America.
Maestra Blanca Araceli Soto – received The Community Impact Award.
Maestra Blanca Araceli Soto is an Actress, Choreographer, Director, Producer and Dancer. She has study theater and dance at the University of Guadalajara. She has over 40 years-experience working with international dance companies such as Ballet Folklorico del Instituto Cultural Cabanas, Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez, and Los Angeles Mexican Dance Company. Since 1996, She has been the Director and Choreographer of Tierra Blanca Dance Company. She also has been in many roles such as “The Bridge”, “Veep”, “For the people” and “Shameless” only to name a few. She also received the 29th Annual Fred Awards for Favorite Actress Award when she was in “Real Women Have Curves”.
The late Margarita Martinez was recognized for her work as an Actress & Latin Arts Activist who has outstanding achievements across the board of music, theater and films in New Mexico and Hollywood, California. In 1970, created her own recording label, Del Norte Records in New Mexico. She produced many Spanish-language and Native American Recordings. She co-founded La Compania de Teatro de Alburquerque along with Founding Artistic Director, Jose Rodriguez. In 1985, Martinez moved her family to Los Angeles and expanded her arts advocacy career, adding casting director and executive producer for film, international commercials to her resume. She helped produced of number of shorts and launched film festivals as an Executive Director of Universal Studios “Hispanic Film Project”.
Music performers for the night were Ozomatli and K.C. Porter.
Ozomatli are an American band who primarily music is Latin, hip hop and rock music. They formed in Los Angeles in 1995. They also are well-known for their vocal activist and array of different type of music such as salsa, jazz, funk, reggae and rap. In 1998, they opened for Santana on the Supernatural Tour after they released a debut album. They had the pleasure in serving as a house band for stand-up comedian Gabriel Iglesias’s television show, Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand Up Revolution.
K.C. Porter is a Latin Grammy and Grammy Award Winner and multiple Grammy Award nominee came by to sing with Ozomatli. Mr. Porter is an American Singer, Songwriter and Record Producer. He is best known for his production work on Carlos Santana’s Supernatural album which sold over 27 million copies.
Nosotros is non-profit and the oldest Latino Arts Advocacy program. Founded in 1970 in part by Ricardo Montalban. It has been in existence for 49 years. The organization enhances the image of Latinos in Television and Film. They increase opportunities to those seeking careers in the entertainment. They provide diverse and accessible ranges of Arts, Education and Mentorship programs to enrich the lives in the community and the members.