Hollywood Reporter Tops Southern California Journalism Awards With 35 Noms
THR is nominated for best website, while Gary Baum and Lacey Rose will both vie for journalist of the year honors.
The Hollywood Reporter has received 35 nominations for the 58th annual Southern California Journalism Awards — more than any other outlet — including two for journalist of the year for Lacey Rose and Gary Baum and another for best website.
Baum and Rose both received nominations for journalist of the year in the print category (more than 50,000 circulation). THR.com, meanwhile, was cited as best website in the news organization category.
THR also received two noms in the best blog, group, category: one for TV-focused The Live Feed, for Rose, Lesley Goldberg, Michael O'Connell, Bryn Elise Sandberg, Kate Stanhope and Marisa Guthrie, and another for style-centric Pret-a-Reporter, for Carol McColgin, Stephanie Chan, Samantha Reed, Merle Ginsberg, Jane Carlson and Jeanie Pyun.
THR also scored its first nomination in a social media category. McColgin, Sarah Gidick and Meg Hemphill were cited for best use of social media to enhance and/or cover a story for the Beauty Issue.
THR's nominations come on the heels of a record month for THR.com, scoring its third-highest month for online traffic in April. The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group now ranks as No. 3 among the country’s most highly trafficked entertainment news properties, according to comScore. With 27.6 million monthly uniques in April, The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard sits behind only People-Entertainment Weekly and TMZ in the entertainment news category.
The news also follows THR's nomination last week from the Gerald Loeb Awards, which honors the best in business and financial journalism, for the annual Executive Roundtable, published in November 2015. THR's Roundtable Series also won a Webby Award last week for best online film and video in the entertainment category. In February, THR won its second consecutive National Magazine Award win in the category of General Excellence, Special Interest.
Meanwhile, the SoCal Journalism Awards also recognized Baum with a nom for political/government reporting for his story "Angry People Live Here … and Here … and Here … and Here … and Here," focusing on the war over the Hollywood sign involving residents and tourists.
THR scored two noms in the multimedia package category: "The Last Survivors," by Peter Flax, Baum, Jennifer Laski, Victoria McKillop, Michelle Stark and Wesley Mann, which spotlighted the 11 remaining survivors of the Holocaust who are in the world of entertainment; and a Saturday Night Live 40th-anniversary package, by Rose, Stacey Wilson Hunt, Matthew Belloni, Benjamin Svetkey and Andy Lewis.
In the print categories, THR received two hard news nominations. Stephen Galloway received a mention for "A Phone Call, 'Betrayal' and the 'Midnight Raid' at CAA." Also cited were Kim Masters, Tatiana Siegel, Austin Siegemund-Broka, Borys Kit, Rebecca Ford and Gavin Polone for "Sony Terrorized: The Panic, Fear and Fury and Amy Pascal's Fate."
In the magazine section of the awards, THR received several nominations, including four in the investigative category: Baum nabbed two noms, for "Sam Simon Would Be Humiliated and Enraged," and, with Scott Feinberg, for "The Tears and Terror of Mickey Rooney's Final Years." Scott Johnson was cited for "The Girl and the Acting Coach," in which Jordyn Ladell broke her silence on the sexual assault allegations against Cameron Thor on the eve of his criminal trial, while Masters was mentioned for "Yes, I Am a Big Target," about producer Joel Silver.
Maer Roshan was nominated for best feature over 1,000 words for "You: Do You Know Who I Am? Him: 'I Do, and I Don't Care,'" in which five hosts at L.A.'s most exclusive establishments spilled secrets about their work. Michael Wolff landed a nom for best feature under 1,000 words for "How James Grabbed the Murdoch Throne," and Siegel was nominated for best entertainment news or feature for "Ryan Kavanaugh Hits Back."
Baum and Seth Abramovitch each received noms in the personality profile category, with the former cited for his Angelyne profile "It Costs $10,000 to See This Woman's Face" and the latter for "'The Deer Hunter,' the Director and a Decade in Seclusion," featuring Michael Cimino's first interview in 13 years.
Todd McCarthy was nominated for best entertainment review/criticism/column for his work, as was Polone for "Your Agent Gets Money for Nothing."
In the entertainment news or feature category of the magazine section, Abramovitch, Laski and McKillop were nominated along with Minh Hieu Bui and Stephanie Fischette for "MPTF Country Home."
And an interview with SNL alum Dana Carvey by Laski, Laela Zadeh, Fischette, Cameron Rumford and Stacey Wilson Hunt was nominated for best personality profile/interview.
In the sports, magazines, category, McKillop, Fischette, Jose Cortez and Laski were nominated for "U.S. Gymnast Simone Biles on Her Journey to the Olympics."
Meanwhile, a best feature documentary (over 25 minutes) nom went to Laski, Fischette, Alfred Aquino, Michael O'Connell and Wilson Hunt for the Comedy Actress Roundtable (watch the full, uncensored roundtable above). In the best documentary (under 25 minutes) category, Janice Min, Galloway, Laski, Fischette and Zadeh were cited for "Mentorship," spotlighting the fifth anniversary of THR's partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, where teenagers get to learn and grow with the help of some of the industry's most powerful women.
In addition to best website and best blog, THR also scored multiple noms in the online section of the awards. Paul Bond was nominated in the hard-news feature category for "'The Interview’ Sequel: Inside the Frightening Battle Raging on the North Korean Border," while Abramovitch was nominated for "Norm Macdonald: A Raw and Uncensored Interview" in the personality profile/interview category. David Rooney received a nom for best entertainment commentary for "Critic's Notebook: Why 'Hamilton' Counts as a Legitimate Game-Changer."
THR also was mentioned in several photography categories. Shanti Marlar, Laski, Carrie Smith and Austin Hargrave were nominated for their work with L.A. billboard diva Angelyne, while Marlar, Laski, Smith, Jenny Sargent and Miller Mobley were cited for their work with Jane Fonda.
Marlar, Laski, Smith, Michelle Stark and Mann also were nominated for best sports photo for their photography of Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas.
And in the entertainment photo category, Marlar, Laski, Smith, David Carthas and Hargrave were cited for a portrait of Bryan Cranston. Marlar, Laski, Smith, Carthas and Mobley also were nominated for their work with Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega.
Elsewhere, THR's Masters also received two nominations alongside Kaitlin Parker in the entertainment reporting/criticism, radio, category for her work with KCRW for "Ava DuVernay on 'Selma,' Building a Career Her Own Way" and "Banned in India, Leslee Udwin's Documentary Opens in U.S."
This year, the Los Angeles Press Club received more than 1,000 entries, which were judged by journalists at press clubs across the country.
The awards will be handed out at a gala dinner June 26 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Also set to be honored are Erin Brockovich, who will receive the inaugural Bill Rosendahl Public Service Award for her contributions to civic life; legendary AP photographer Nick Ut, who will receive the Joseph M. Quinn Award for Lifetime Achievement; NPR's Jarl Mohn, who will receive the President's Award for impact on media; and Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, who will receive the Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism.