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Hollywood Luminaries Gather to Recognize Outstanding Latino Talent at the 12th Annual Impact Awards GalaClick on picture above to watch Gala video The National Hispanic Media Coalition held its 12th Annual Impact Awards Gala on Friday, February 20 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The annual event celebrates outstanding Latino performances and recognizes outstanding service and commitment to the Latino community. NBC stars Nadine Velazquez, who stars as “Catalina” on “My Name is Earl,” and Yancey Arias, most recently seen on the NBC drama series, “Knight Rider” were the masters of ceremonies for this star-studded event. 2009 Impact Award Recipients: Rosario Dawson: Outstanding Performance in a Motion Picture. A native New Yorker, Rosario is best known to her legions of fans for her work in such films as Quentin Tarantino’s “Grindhouse” and Robert Rodriguez’s adaptation of “Sin City.” Dawson is being recognized for her work opposite Will Smith in “Seven Pounds,” but her work in “Voto Latino” to empower the Latino community through voter registration and other community activism makes her a rare talent indeed. Kenny Ortega: Outstanding Director for a Motion Picture. Born in Palo Alto, California, the Emmy-winning director/choreographer admits that his “first love” has always been the theatre. Mentored by the great Gene Kelly, Ortega has developed an astute understanding of what it takes to create and sustain entertaining, dramatic moments that continually exceed an audience’s expectations as evidenced in his direction of the highly successful Disney movies, “High School Musical” and “High School Musical 2 and 3.” Impact Awards were also presented to: Wilmer Valderrama, Outstanding Performance in a Television Series, for his work in voicing the title role on the popular Disney Channel animated series, “Handy Manny;” to award-winning actress, Lauren Velez, Outstanding Performance in a Television Series, for her convincing portrayal as Lt. Maria LaGuerta on the hit Showtime drama series, “Dexter;” to Emmy-nominated actor, Freddy Rodriguez, Outstanding Performance in a Motion Picture, for his role in “Nothing Like the Holidays” as youngest brother Jesse. Rodriguez also co-executive produced the film. And an Impact Award for Outstanding Marketing in Film and Television was presented to Santiago Pozo, CEO of Arenas, one of the leading Hispanic entertainment marketing companies and the Hispanic AOR for Paramount Pictures.