Esai Morales, Penelope Cruz honored at Awards

Saturday June 08, 2002

BEVERLY HILLS – Actors Esai Morales, Penelope Cruz and Andy Garcia were named as winners of the annual Imagen Awards, which recognize positive Hispanic portrayals in the media. 

Morales, who stars in ABC’s “NYPD Blue,” PBS’ “American Family” and “Resurrection Blvd.” on Showtime, was named 2002 male entertainer of the year. Cruz, featured in the films “Vanilla Sky” and “Blow,” was leading female entertainer. 

The awards were to be presented Thursday night. 

Garcia, whose films include “Ocean’s Eleven,” received the creative achievement award. The lifetime achievement award went to journalist and talk show host Cristina Saralegui. 

The honors were given by the Imagen Foundation, which works to increase Hispanic representation by the entertainment industry. Here are the winners for the 17th annual Imagen (Spanish for “image”) Awards. 

Female entertainer of the year: Penelope Cruz. 

Male entertainer of the year: Esai Morales. 

Creative achievement award: Andy Garcia. 

Lifetime achievement award: Cristina Saralegui.