Since 1995 the NCLR ALMA Awards have celebrated Hispanic achievements in entertainment, film, TV and music, helping to affirm the positive image and contributions of Latinos in the United States.

As the above video shows, this effort on behalf of all American Hispanics is not lost on the dozens of celebrities who attend each year.

As Eva Longoria says:

"It's a beautiful thing to celebrate all the contributions that Latinos have made."

Check of the slideshow below of many of the attending celebrities relaxed and unguarded as they took portraits backstage.

The 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards airs tonight, September 21 (on NBC at 8PM/7PM CT)


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  • Zoe Saldana

    PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Actress Zoe Saldana poses for a portrait during the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on September 16, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for NCLR)

  • America Ferrera and Wilmer Valderrama

    PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: (L-R) Actors America Ferrera and Wilmer Valderrama pose for a portrait during the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on September 16, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for NCLR)

  • Edy Ganem, Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez and Judy Reyes

    PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: (L-R) Actors Edy Ganem, Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez and Judy Reyes pose for a portrait during the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on September 16, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for NCLR)

  • Eva Longoria

    PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Co-host Eva Longoria poses for a portrait during the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on September 16, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for NCLR)

  • U.S. Olympian Marlen Esparza

    PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: U.S. Olympian Marlen Esparza poses for a portrait during the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on September 16, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for NCLR)

  • Nadine Velazquez

    PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Actress Nadine Velazquez poses for a portrait during the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on September 16, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for NCLR)

  • Jennifer Aspen

    PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Actress Jennifer Aspen poses for a portrait during the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on September 16, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for NCLR)

  • Rafael Amaya

    PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Actor Rafael Amaya poses for a portrait during the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on September 16, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for NCLR)

  • Eva Longoria and NCLR President & CEO Janet Murguia

    PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: (L-R) Co-host Eva Longoria and President & CEO NCLR Janet Murguia pose for a portrait during the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on September 16, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for NCLR)

  • Lana Parrilla

    PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Actress Lana Parrilla poses for a portrait during the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on September 16, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for NCLR)

  • Cote de Pablo

    PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Actress Cote de Pablo poses for a portrait during the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on September 16, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for NCLR)

  • U.S. Olympian Leonel Manzano

    PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: U.S. Olympian Leonel Manzano poses for a portrait during the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on September 16, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for NCLR)

  • Taboo

    PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Rapper Taboo poses for a portrait during the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on September 16, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for NCLR)

  • Gina Rodriguez

    PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Actress Gina Rodriguez poses for a portrait during the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on September 16, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for NCLR)

  • Edy Ganem

    PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Actress Edy Ganem poses for a portrait during the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on September 16, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for NCLR)

  • Ana Ortiz

    PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Actress Ana Ortiz poses for a portrait during the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on September 16, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for NCLR)

  • Adam Irigoyen

    PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Actor Adam Irigoyen poses for a portrait during the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on September 16, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for NCLR)