Airing last night from Acapulco, Mexico and emceed by “Despierta América” co-host Alan Tacher, celebrated Mexican singer/actress Yuri, and “HOY” co-host Galilea Montijo, the 2013 edition of “Premios TVyNovelas” featured a veritable Who’s Who of superstar presenters who gave out 28 different awards to the best programs, actors, comedians, hosts, writers, and directors, in addition to presenting four special recognitions. For the first time in its history, the “Premios TVyNovelas” awards ceremony was simulcast by the Univision Network in the U.S. and Televisa in Mexico and included Univision programming and talent among the honorees.
The biggest winner at the 2013 “Premios TVyNovelas” awards ceremony was the hit novela “Por Ella Soy Eva” (For Her, I’m Eva), which recently aired on Univision. This lighthearted Televisa production received statuettes in six categories: Best Telenovela, Best Male Antagonist (Marcelo Córdoba), Best Male Co-Star (Jesús Ochoa), Best Female Co-Star (Patty Navidad), Best Young Actor (Ferdinando Valencia), and Best Scene Director (Benjamin Cann). The second biggest winner last night was “Abismo de Pasión” (Love Abyss), which was honored with five awards, including Best Actor in a Leading Role (David Zepeda) and Distinguished Leading Lady (Blanca Guerra).
In the new categories created specifically for Univision programming and talent this year, the Network’s top-rated morning show “Despierta América” (Wake Up America) won “Best Program,” while Univision personality Alejandra Espinoza and Johnny Lozada, co-host of “Despierta América,” each took home an award in the Best Host category.
The honors for Univision continued with two special awards presented during the gala event. “Premios TVyNovelas” recognized “Despierta América” for its 15 years of uninterrupted success on the air, and Raúl de Molina, co-host of the Network’s top-rated entertainment news and gossip show “El Gordo y La Flaca” (The Scoop and the Skinny) and winner of several Emmys, was honored with the “20-Year Career Award” in recognition of his multiple achievements as a Spanish-language television personality. In a truly emotional moment, the prestigious award was presented to de Molina by his co-host and close friend, Lili Estefan.
In addition, two renowned Mexican actresses received special tributes for their exceptional careers: internationally famous television superstar and singer Lucero, past winner of 19 “Premios TVyNovelas” awards, and distinguished leading lady Jacqueline Andere, who was recognized with the “A Telenovela Life” award for having dedicated over 50 years of her life to the telenovela genre.
Adding a powerful dose of entertainment to the already star-packed show was a dazzling performance by Latin music great Juan Gabriel, one of Mexico’s most prolific and successful singer/songwriters of all time, returned to the stage after a long absence to the delight of his fans. The show also featured duets by Cristian Castro and Lucero, Alejandra Orozco and Óscar Cruz, as well as Alexander Acha and Zuria Vega.
Created by the international entertainment magazine TV y Novelas, the “Premios TVyNovelas” awards are bestowed every year to the best and brightest talent in the Hispanic television industry. The nominated actors, producers, writers, and programs are chosen by readers of the magazine; winners are determined by a panel of judges.
Following is the complete list of winners of “Premios TVyNovelas” 2013:
BEST UNIVISION PROGRAM
BEST FEMALE HOST
BEST MALE HOST
Por Ella Soy Eva
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Victoria Ruffo (Corona de Lágrimas)
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
David Zepeda (Abismo de Pasión)
BEST FEMALE ANTAGONIST
Leticia Calderón (Amor Bravío)
BEST MALE ANTAGONIST
Marcelo Córdoba (Por Ella soy Eva)
BEST YOUNG ACTRESS
Livia Brito (Abismo de Pasión)
BEST YOUNG ACTOR
Ferdinando Valencia (Por Ella soy Eva)
DISTINGUISHED LEADING LADY
Blanca Guerra (Abismo de Pasión)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Raquel Olmedo (Abismo de Pasión)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Flavio Medina (Amor Bravío)
BEST NEW ACTRESS
Cassandra Sánchez Navarro (Corona de Lágrimas)
BEST NEW ACTOR
Axel Ricco (Corona de Lágrimas)
BEST FEMALE CO-STAR
Paty Navidad (Por Ella Soy Eva)
BEST MALE CO-STAR
Jesús Ochoa (Por Ella Soy Eva)
BEST SCRIPT OR ADAPTATION
Martha Carrillo, Cristian García, Denisse Phiffer – Amor Bravío
BEST SCENE DIRECTION
Benjamin Cann – Por Ella Soy Eva
BEST TELENOVELA THEME SONG
Sólo un Suspiro – Abismo de Pasión
BEST VARIETY SHOW
BEST ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM
La Rosa de Guadalupe
Los Héroes del Norte