Hollywood Reporter Tops National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards With 51 Noms

Joe Pugliese

THR's Gary Baum and Lacey Rose are both in contention for journalist of the year; stories on Shonda Rhimes, Joel Silver, publicist Nanci Ryder, Oscar-season roundtable videos among the pieces with nods.

The Hollywood Reporter has been honored with 51 nominations — more than any other news organization — for the eighth annual National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.

Among the nominations, THR has been named a finalist for both best entertainment publication and best entertainment website and also landed two nominations for journalist of the year: senior writer Gary Baum and television editor Lacey Rose.

Three of THR's stories have been nominated for best industry/arts investigative category (any media platform): Baum for “The 'Entitled' Westsiders Behind L.A.'s Epidemic"; senior writer Scott Johnson for "The Girl & the Acting Coach"; and editor-at-large Kim Masters for “Yes, I Am a Big Target: Joel Silver." Johnson earned a solo nom in the celebrity investigative category (any media platform) for “A Survivor Producer, a Dead Wife and a Mexican Prison” and Masters and executive editor, features Stephen Galloway both earned a nomination in the business category (any media platform) for "Agents at War."

In the general news category (newspapers or magazines), Galloway's “A Phone Call, 'Betrayal' and the 'Midnight Raid' at CAA" was nominated alongside Masters, senior film writers Tatiana Siegel and Borys Kit, staff reporter Austin Siegemund-Broka and film reporter Rebecca Ford for their joint reporting on “Sony Terrorized: The Panic Fear and Fury, Amy Pascal's Fate."

THR scored two nominations in the personality profile (under 2,500 words for newspapers or magazines): staff writer Chris Gardner for “Power Publicist Nanci Ryder Reveals ALS Diagnosis: 'I Have No Interest in Dying'"; and Galloway for “Natalie Portman." Also among personality profile nominations (over 2,500 words for newspapers or magazines), Rose earned a nom for her insightful profile of Shonda Rhimes.

Senior writer Seth Abramovitch received two nominations for his print (newspapers or magazines) features: an industry/arts feature (over 1,000 words) mention for “Dr. Heimlich's Hollywood Maneuvers” and a celebrity feature (over 1,000 words) nom for "The Heyday and Heartbreak of Oscar's First Black Winner."

In the multimedia package category, Paul Bond earned a nomination for “'The Interview' Sequel: Inside the Frightening Battle Raging on the North Korean Border” while Kit is among nominees for “Inside DC Comics' Secret Vault: Batman, Superman and New York-to-Burbank Move."

Two THR critics — Todd McCarthy and David Rooney — are among nominees in the broadcast/print critics (any media platform) category, and three writers scored in the columnist category: Bill Carter, Gavin Polone and Michael Wolff. Wolff is also recognized as a nominee in the feature (under 1,000 words for newspapers or magazines) for "How James Grabbed the Murdoch Throne.” Chief television critic Tim Goodman also nabbed a nomination in the critic (online) category (“'Mad Men': Tim Goodman on the Patterns Getting Clearer as the End Nears").

Scoring two nominations in the obituary/in appreciation category, THR staff earned a mention for “Joan’s Arc," remembering the late Joan Rivers, as well as senior editor Benjamin Svetkey for "Robin Williams: A Legend Remembered." THR staff was also recognized with two nominations in the headline (print, newspapers or magazines) category for “Oh, the Places They’ll Bro!” and "You: Do You Know Who I Am? Him: 'I Do, and I Don't Care."

In the TV/Video/Film section, executive editor Matthew Belloni, photo & video director Jennifer Laski and lead video editor Victor Klaus received a news category mention for “Oscar Nominations: All White Nominees." Two personality profile (TV/Video/Film) nominations were awarded to THR staff: awards blogger/analyst Scott Feinberg, head of production, video Stephanie Fischette, video editor Minh Hieu Bui and Laski earned for “Douglas Trumbull and the Future of Film"; and Laski, Bui and Fischette also tipped for “Channing Tatum." Feinberg also earned a nom in the Film/TV/Theater feature section for “Tonys: Inside a Broadway Show's Opening Night War Room."

Laski, Klaus, video producer Laela Zadeh, Fischette and THR's former awards & special projects editor Stacey Wilson Hunt earned a joint nomination for “SNL at 40: Past Hosts & Writers Share 40 Years of Memories” in the TV/Video/Film feature short (under 5 minutes) category. Also in the TV/Video/Film section, THR scored three mentions in the documentary or special program, short category: “Motion Picture & Television Fund Retirement Home” (Abramovitch, video producer Victoria McKillop, Bui, Laski and Fischette); “Vaccination Fail: Why L.A. School Kids Are Getting Sick” (Baum, Zadeh, Laski, Bui and Fischette); and “Women In Entertainment Mentorship Program – Class of 2014” (Entertainment Group president/chief creative officer Janice Min, Galloway, Laski, Fischette and contributing video editor Tess Gomet).

Topping off the TV/Video/Film nominations, two THR roundtables earned nominations in the documentary or special program, feature category: “Actress Roundtable (Oscars)” (Belloni, Min, Laski, Fischette and Gomet) and “Actors Roundtables (Oscars)” (Galloway, Min, Laski, Fischette and Klaus).

For online, two THR.com stories received nominations in the news category: “Guillermo del Toro Plots 'A Killing on Carnival Row' as Amazon Series (Exclusive)” (Ford and Kit) and “Inside a 'Star Wars' Firing: 'Fantastic Four' Problems Led to Director Josh Trank's Ouster” (Masters and Kit). Rounding out the online nominations, Feinberg garnered a personality profile nom for “Found Star: New Radicals' Gregg Alexander Grants First Interview in 15 Years (Exclusive)" and reviews editor Jon Frosch scored a commentary/analysis/trend nom for “Critic's Notebook: Fifty Shades of Sex at Sundance."

In the entertainment blog by an individual category, Feinberg's "The Race" received a nomination for his awards-circuit breaking news, instant analysis and predictions.

In the photography section, THR earned three mentions in the portrait photo category: “Kevin Hart Portrait” (Laski, senior photo producer Kate Pappa, creative director Shanti Marlar and photographer Martin Schoeller); “John Hamm Portrait” (deputy photo director Carrie Smith, Laski, Pappa, Marlar and photographer Joe Pugliese); and “Elizabeth Banks Portrait” (photo editor Michelle Stark, photographer Miller Mobley, Marlar and Laski). Laski, Marlar and photographer Brian Bowen Smith also scored a nom in the action photo category for “Channing Tatum."

The photo essay category also garnered THR three nominations: “SNL 40th Anniversary” (Laski, Smith, Pappa, photo editor-at-large Jenny Sargent and Stark); “Glenn Close” (Sargent, Marlar, Laski and photographer Ruven Afanador); and “100 Favorite Films” (Smith, Laski and photographers David Needleman, Austin Hargrave and Fabrizio Maltese).

On Sunday, Dec. 6, the Los Angeles Press Club will award Bob Barker, Tavis Smiley and Joe Mantegna the Legend Award, Luminary Award and Visionary Award, respectively, during the 2015 NAEJ Awards ceremony at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown L.A.

For more details and a complete list of nominees, visit the L.A. Press Club's website.

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