Al Madrigal 1
Al Madrigal hijacked MSNBC and took on Rachel Maddow and other hosts to bring us the ALMAs--and that was one of the most hilarious openings for an awards show that I've ever seen! My favorite part? When Madrigal tells Maddow: "Latinos are taking over!" YEAH!
Eva Longoria & Mario Lopez 2
Longoria and Lopez were GREAT together! From the beginning jabs at Republican Ted Cruz (and his 21-hour fililbuster) to just guiding the show throughout and even easing an awkward moment when Robert Rodriguez was still talking as they continued with the show, the twosome really knew how to keep it moving!
Devious Maids take over! 3
The entire cast of Devious Maids--Ana Ortiz, Roselyn Sanchez, Dania Ramirez, Edy Ganem, and Judy Reyes--presented the award for Special Achievement in Television to Dexter, but they were the ones who deserved an honor for, first of all looking amazing, but also for making this groundbreaking show for Latinos shine. And shout-out to Dania who looked absolutely stunning in her gown and adorable belly!
Jenni Rivera moment of silence 5
Gina Rodriguez, Edward James Olmos and the cast of Filly Brown was honored for Achievement in Film, and of course they honored Jenni Rivera during the acceptance. Lou Diamon Phillips said it best: "We're so very, very sad to have lost her."
Rosario Dawson ... cut off! 6
Rosario Dawson was honored with the Outstanding Commitment to Cause and Community Award for all her work with worthy causes, including the Lower East Side Girls Club and Voto Latino. She brought her iPad up on stage to read her moving speech ... only problem was that it was a tad too long, especially for the hour-long format! She continued and continued after about five band warnings as the entire world watching cringed with the awkwardness of the moment. And while her speech was totally inspiring, maybe she could have cut it short a little bit.
Robert Rodriguez 7
Legendary film director Robert Rodriguez was honored with the Anthony Quinn Award for Industry Excellence for his amazing work in film and for always featuring Latinos and strong Latinas in his movies. Rosario Dawson, though, said it best: "Thank you for showing the world women can be super kickass!"
Sebastien de la Cruz 8
By far my favorite part of the entire show was Sebastien de la Cruz's touching acapella performance of our National Anthem. After the stupid backlash from idiot racists he got on Twitter and other social media for his peformance of the Anthem at a Spurs game a few months back, this was a great moment. As he sang with that incredible voice, images behind him flashed of all different Latinos (in all shapes, colors, sizes, go figure!) holding the sign "I am American" or "I was born in ..." I cried throughout the entire song, it was so moving.