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'Lost City,' 'Sharkboy' Top Imagen Finalists

Lionsgate's "The Lost City," New Line Cinema's "Take the Lead" and Miramax's "The Adventures of Sharkboy & Lavagirl in 3-D" are the three finalists in the best picture category for the 21st annual Imagen Awards, announced Thursday.

Andy Garcia also earned noms in the best director and film actor for his work on "Lost City." Robert Rodriguez picked up two bids in the director category for "Sharkboy" and "Sin City." Antonio Banderas has two bids in the lead actor category, for "Lead" and "The Legend of Zorro." John Leguizamo rounds out the category for "Sueno."

Lead actress noms went to America Ferrera for "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," Jessica Alba for "Fantastic Four," Cameron Diaz for "In Her Shoes" and Ines Sastre for "Lost City."

In television, top program noms went to NBC's "The West Wing," ABC's "George Lopez," NBC's "ER" and HBO's "Epitafios" and telefilm "Walkout."

"West Wing's" Jimmy Smits and sitcom star George Lopez earned mentions in the lead TV actor category alongside "Walkout's" Michael Pena, Danny Pino of CBS' "Cold Case" and Edward James Olmos of Sci Fi Channel's "Battlestar Galactica." On the distaff side, noms went to Alexa Vega of "Walkout," Constance Marie of "George Lopez," Rosa Blasi of Lifetime's "Strong Medicine," Lisa Vidal of Lifetime's "Odd Girl Out" and Vanessa Hudgens of Disney Channel's "High School Musical."

Founded in 1985, the Imagen Awards are designed to recognize positive portrayals of Latinos in entertainment. Winners in these and nine other categories will be handed out Aug. 18 at the Beverly Hilton. The eligibility period for this year's awards is April 1, 2005-April 30.

-- THR staff report

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