Hollywood Reporter Tops National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards With 53 Noms

Photos from THR's "Hollywood's Last Survivors" issue

THR is up for best publication and website, while Gary Baum, Eriq Gardner and Lacey Rose are all in contention for journalist of the year.

The Hollywood Reporter has received 53 nominations in the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards, including best publication and best website.

In addition, Gary Baum, Eriq Gardner and Lacey Rose will vie for journalist of the year honors at the Dec. 4 awards gala, set to take place at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. In addition, Todd McCarthy and David Rooney have been nominated for best critic in the print and online categories, respectively, while Michael Wolff will contend for best print columnist honors.

Also being honored at the event are Diane Warren with the Visionary Award for humanitarian work, Chelsea Handler with the Luminary Award for career achievement and Angela Lansbury with the Legend Award for lifetime achievements and contributions to society.

Elsewhere, three THR blogs were nominated for best entertainment blog by an individual or group, tied to an organization: Heat Vision, by Aaron Couch, Borys Kit and Graeme McMillan; The Race, by Scott Feinberg; and THR Esq., by Gardner.

Meanwhile, THR landed two nominations in the business category: Gregg Kilday for “What Now as James Bond Goes From Super Agent to Free Agent" and Kim Masters for “HBO’s High-Class Problems.”

Masters also was mentioned for best obituary/in appreciation for “The Man Who Saved Mom From the Holocaust.”

Baum also was nominated in the industry/arts investigative category for “Actors: ‘It’s So Easy to Exploit Them’” and again alongside Feinberg in the celebrity investigative category for “The Tears and Terror of Mickey Rooney’s Final Years.”

In the latter category, Baum and Feinberg will vie alongside Stephen Galloway and Scott Johnson for “How David Milch Made $100 Million and Lost a Fortune” and Dylan Howard for “Charlie Sheen, HIV, a Tabloid and My Insane 2-year Hunt for a Story.” The latter story also landed a nom for best celebrity news.

Seth Abramovitch, Baum and Peter Flax also will compete for best humor writing for "The Ultimate Commuting Race Across Los Angeles."

In the print category for general news, Ryan Parker was cited for “Rick Moranis Isn't Retired (He Just Doesn't Know How to Change His Wikipedia Page)” and Wolff for “Donald Trump’s Only Real Platform is Donald Trump.”

For best personality profile/interview, Ben Svetkey's “Shane Black Is Still Looking for Action" was nominated in the under-2,500-words category, and Rose landed two noms in the over-2,500-words category for “Return of the Bro Whisperer” and “What Happens When the Enfant Terrible Get an Enfant.”

Natalie Jarvey's “How Studios Are Cashing in on YouTube Stars” was nominated for best industry/arts feature under 1,000 words, while Abramovitch, Baum and Chris Gardner were cited for best industry/arts feature over 1,000 words for “The Abbey: Hollywood’s (Very, Very Wild) ‘Gay Cheers.’”

Eriq Gardner's “Roger Corman’s Life: Now That’s a Script” and Johnson's “B.B. King’s 15 Kids, 15 Moms, and 1 Estate War” are both up for best celebrity feature over 1,000 words.

THR also was nominated for best page layout for “Spielberg in a New Light” by Shanti Marlar, Peter Cury and Nicholas Brawley and “We’re Going to F*@k S#%t Up” by Marlar, Cury and Christopher Hawkins.

THR earned a slew of mentions in the online categories as well: Eriq Gardner's "Why Hulk Hogan's $140 Million Gawker Verdict Is a Signpost for the Future" for best industry/arts hard news; Gary Baum's "From Arya to Zayn: The Rise and Fall of 100 Hollywood-Inspired Baby Names" for best celebrity news; Feinberg's "Mike Francesa, King of New York Sports Radio for 30 Years, Prepares to Abdicate His Throne" for best personality profile/interview; Couch's “‘Mortal Kombat’: Untold Story of the Movie that ‘Kicked the Hell’ Out of Everyone” for best film/TV/theater/books feature; Rebecca Sun and Rebecca Ford's “Where are the Asian-American Movie Stars?” for best arts and entertainment feature; Galloway's “Galloway on Film: I Sat 20 Feet From a Serial Killer” for best commentary analysis/trend; and Jon Frosch, “Critic’s Notebook: Amid Oscars Debacle, Sundance Diversity Shines” for best commentary, diversity/gender.

In the social media categories, Jennifer Liles and Christina Schoellkopf were nominated for their work on the “Drama Actresses Roundtable,” while Carol McColgin, Sarah Gidick and Meg Hemphill were cited for their work on “The Beauty Issue”

THR also scored several nominations in the photo categories: Marlar, Laski, Carrie Smith and Austin Hargrave were cited for best portrait photo for “Ricky Gervais”; Marlar, Laski, Smith and Miller Mobley were nominated best feature photo for “Ryan Murphy”; and Marlar, Laski, Smith, David Carthas and Mobley will vie for best action photo for “John Boyega.” THR received two noms in the photo essay category: Laski, Smith, Jennifer Sargent, Kate Pappa and Michelle Stark for “Oscar Heirs” and Marlar, Laski, Smith, Stark and Wesley Mann for “Holocaust – Hollywood’s Last Survivors.” The latter also earned a nom for best multimedia package for Flax, Baum, Laski, Victoria McKillop, Stark and Mann.

In the TV/video/film section, Janice Min, Laski, Stephanie Fischette and Vincent Venturella were nominated in the news category for “The Sequel Is Always Bigger: We Knew We Were Going to Have to Speak to This Issue.”

Laski, Fischette, Hanon Rosenthal, Tatiana Siegel and Alison Brower are up for best hard news feature under five minutes for “Spike Lee and Bernie Sanders Have a Colorful Chat About,” while Fischette, Mia Galuppo, Natalie Heltzel and Vince Patrick Potalivo will vie for best feature longer than five minutes for “Roger (Corman) Deserves a Monument in Front of the Academy, Says Bruce Dern.”

Vying for best documentary or special program, short, will be Min, Galloway, Laski, Fischette and Laela Zadeh for “Mentorship Video," while THR landed two noms in the documentary or special program, feature, category: Laski, Fischette, Zadeh, Victor Klaus and Rose for “Drama Actresses Emmy Roundtable" and Laski, Fischette, Heltzel, Klaus and Marc Bernardin for “A Diversity Conversation: Working in Hollywood When You’re Not White.”

Meanwhile, Feinberg and Dora Takacs landed a nom for best one-on-one interview in the radio/podcast category for “‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast – Steven Spielberg (‘Bridge of Spies’).”

Masters also landed two noms in the category for her work with KCRW alongside Kaitlin Parker for “Brazilian Director Anna Muylaert Finds Success, then Sexism” and “George Miller: From Pigs to Penguins to ‘Mad Max: Fury Road.’”

The nominations come as THR.com recorded its second-highest U.S. month ever, with 16.95 million unique users in October 2016, according to comScore. Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group recorded its third best total ever, jumping two spots to No. 4 in the comScore Entertainment/News ranking (U.S. domestic) for October 2016, trailing only People, E! and Yahoo Celebrity.

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

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