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.
Fans decide the winners through online voting that is open now through Sept. 7 at almaawards2012.com. Fans may vote once daily in a variety of film, TV and music categories.
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.
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. Anyone can watch the 30-minute program online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnPi5cXlVHo.
In addition, Ignatius Press has published the official companion book to the film, For Greater Glory: The True Story of the Cristiada. Written by noted Cristero War historian and expert Ruben Quezada, English and Spanish editions of the book are available now at www.ignatius.com.
FOR GREATER GLORY is a production of Dos Corazones Studios, and is distributed by ARC Entertainment.