FOR GREATER GLORY dominated nominations announced July 9 for the 2012 American Latino Media Arts (ALMA)Awards®, sponsored by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). The epic action adventure about Mexico’s Cristero War for religious freedom earned five nominations – including Favorite Movie – for ALMA Awards®. NBC will air the 2012 ALMA Awards® at 8 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. CT Sept. 21.
In addition to the film itself, four cast members are up for ALMA Awards®. Andy Garcia earned nomination as Favorite Movie Actor, and Eva Longoria is a candidate for Favorite Movie Actress – Drama/Adventure. Rubén Blades and Oscar Isaac are competing against each other and three more actors in the Favorite Movie Actor – Supporting Role category.
FOR GREATER GLORY’s five 2012 ALMA® nominations are the most earned by any film.
FOR GREATER GLORY, which opened June 1 across the country, has earned more than $5.4 million at the box office. It brings the brutal truth of the Cristero War, which rocked 1920s North America, to the big screen with vivid accuracy. Academy Award® and ALMA® nominee Garcia and Golden Globe winner and ALMA® nominee Longoria lead a stellar multinational cast that includes legendary Oscar® winner Peter O’Toole, ALMA® nominee Isaac (DRIVE), ALMA® nominee Blades (SAFE HOUSE), Bruce Greenwood (STAR TREK, SUPER 8), Nestor Carbonell(THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, “Lost”), Bruce McGill (LINCOLN), Santiago Cabrera (“Heroes,” CHE), Oscar®-nominated Catalina Sandino Moreno (MARIA FULL OF GRACE), and Eduardo Verástegui (BELLA). FOR GREATER GLORY also features teenager Muricio Kuri in a stunning portrayal of Blessed José Sanchez del Rio, who joined the Cristeros at 14 and served as a flag bearer before being martyred by Mexican President Plutarco Elias Calles’ Federales.
Fans decide the winners through online voting that is open now through Sept. 7 at http://almaawards2012.com/. Fans may vote once daily in a variety of film, TV and music categories.
Many of the Cristero martyrs were Knights of Columbus, and the organization has spearheaded production of a behind-the-scenes look at the movie that includes historical background on the Cristero War.
Photo Credit – Hana Matsumoto photo, courtesy of ARC Entertainment