Hollywood Reporter Nominated for Magazine of the Year by National Magazine Awards

THR also landed a separate nom in the category of General Excellence, Special Interest, for a second consecutive year. Publishing's highest honors will be handed out Feb. 2 by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

The Hollywood Reporter was awarded two nominations for the prestigious National Magazine Awards, handed out by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

THR has been nominated for Magazine of the Year, marking its first nomination in the category. It will compete with Vogue, New York, Cosmopolitan and Better Homes & Gardens for the award, which "honors magazines for print and digital editorial excellence and for magazine-branded content and services, including conferences and events."

THR also has been nominated in the category of General Excellence, Special Interest, which "honors magazines serving highly defined reader communities." THR will vie for the award alongside the Harvard Business Review, entrepreneur-targeted Inc., Mental Floss and Texas Monthly.

"I'm so grateful for the recognition by ASME members of this incredible staff here and the work they do. We're excited to be part of such a great group of publications," said Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media's Entertainment Group, which owns THR.

The three Hollywood Reporter issues that were submitted for consideration were the 2014 Oscars, Oscar to Suicide in One Year and Chris Rock issues.

This marks the second year that THR has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, on the heels of its 2014 nom in the category of General Excellence, Special Interest. THR also is the youngest magazine, by far, in both of the categories in which it is nominated.

According to ASME, 263 magazines entered the National Magazine Awards 2015 competition, with a total of 1,548 print and digital entries submitted. A total of 66 publications were nominated in 24 categories. Nominations were announced Thursday morning.

"The National Magazine Awards 2015 finalists demonstrate the enduring power of magazine journalism in print and on websites and mobile," said Sid Holt, chief executive of ASME. "Whether it’s politics, fashion, sports or the kind of service journalism that only magazines can do, readers know that their favorite print and digital magazines are where to find information and entertainment they can trust."

Established in 1966, the awards are sponsored by ASME in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Known as the "Ellies" — for the Alexander Calder stabile elephant given to each winner — the awards will be handed out at the 2015 NMA dinner at the New York Marriott Marquis on Feb. 2. Time photojournalist James Nachtwey is set to receive the organization's lifetime achievement award. For more information, visit ASME's website.

THR's noms come on the heels of a website relaunch amid record-breaking traffic. The updated design and advanced mobile/tablet experience came as the leading entertainment outlet recently hit a record-breaking 17 million monthly unique visitors, according to comScore.

In November, THR won 14 awards, including best entertainment publication and best website, at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards. Other recent accolades include Emmy wins by four staffers for The Hollywood Reporter in Focus: The Wolf of Wall Street.

THR also recently signed on to become the official industry media publication of the Sundance Film Festival through 2017, replacing Entertainment Weekly, and formed a partnership with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to host an exclusive, invite-only cocktail party celebrating the films, filmmakers and talent of the fest. In conjunction with the reception, sponsored by American Airlines, THR will publish its inaugural Next Gen Actors list, honoring a group of breakthrough talent age 35 and under.

A complete list of NMA finalists follows.

General Excellence

General Interest Magazines
Honors magazines covering politics, business, technology, sports and entertainment

GQ; The New York Times Magazine; The New Yorker; Politico; Wired


Service and Lifestyle Magazines
Honors magazines covering family, the home, food, fashion and relationships

Cosmopolitan; Glamour; Martha Stewart Living; Parents; Sunset


Style and Design Magazines
Honors magazines covering fashion, decorating, dining, entertaining and travel

Bon Appétit; Garden & Gun; Harper’s Bazaar; T, The New York Times Style Magazine; Vogue


Active Interest Magazines
Honors magazines covering health and fitness, active sports, outdoor recreation and cars and boats

Men’s Health; Outside; Popular Mechanics; Runner’s World; Women’s Health


Special Interest Magazines
Honors magazines serving highly defined reader communities

Harvard Business Review; The Hollywood Reporter; Inc.; Mental Floss; Texas Monthly


Literature, Science and Politics Magazines
Honors smaller-circulation general-interest magazines as well as publications covering the arts

The American Scholar; Foreign Affairs; Mother Jones; Nautilus; Virginia Quarterly Review


Honors overall excellence in print magazine design

Bon Appétit; The California Sunday Magazine; Harper’s Bazaar; New York; Wired


Honors overall excellence in print magazine photography

Bon Appétit; GQ; Harper’s Bazaar; Kinfolk; National Geographic  


Single-Topic Issue
Honors print magazines that have devoted a single issue to the comprehensive examination of one subject]

Audubon for “Special Issue: Birds and Climate Change,” September/October

Bloomberg Businessweek for “85th Anniversary Issue,” December 8

Bon Appétit for “The Thanksgiving Issue,” November

New York for “Health: A Special Issue,” June 9-15

San Francisco for “The Oakland Issue,” June


Magazine Section
Honors front- or back-of-the-book departments or sections regularly published in print

Bloomberg Businessweek for “ETC”

Inc. for “Made”

New York for “The Culture Pages”

New York for “Strategist”

Popular Mechanics for “How Your World Works”


Honors magazine websites and online-only magazines

The Atlantic; Nautilus; New York; Politico; Refinery29


Tablet Magazine
Honors magazines published on tablets and e-readers

Bon Appétit; Garden & Gun; National Geographic; New York; Sunset


Honors digital storytelling and the integration of magazine media

The Atavist for “Love for My Enemies,” by Lukas Augustin and Niklas Schenck, June, at atavist.com

Consumer Reports for “A Beautiful Death,” in December print edition and at consumerreports.org

Powder for “The Human Factor,” by David Page, December 9, at powder.com

Slate for “The Year of Outrage,” December 17, at slate.com

The Texas Observer in Partnership With The Guardian for “Beyond the Border,” by Melissa del Bosque, August 6, at texasobserver.org


Honors the outstanding use of video by magazine websites and digital-only magazines

The Atlantic for “The Contract Buyers League,” and “The Guardian of North Lawndale,” May 21

Grantland for “The Finish Line,” Episode 1, Episode 2 and Episode 3, directed by Jonathan Hock, February 13, February 28, and March 13

Rolling Stone for “Rick Was Here,” October 16

TIME for “Rise,” directed by Shaul Schwarz, March 6

Vice for “The Islamic State,” by Medyan Dairieh, August 15


Public Interest
Honors magazine journalism that illuminates issues of national importance

The Atlantic for “Segregation Now . . . ,” by Nikole Hannah-Jones, May

Matter for “You’re 16. You’re a Pedophile. You Don’t Want to Hurt Anyone. What Do You Do Now?” by Luke Malone, August 10

National Journal for “Jackie’s Goodbye,” by Tiffany Stanley, October 4

Pacific Standard for “Women Aren’t Welcome Here,” by Amanda Hess, January/February

Slate for “The Campus Rape Overcorrection,” by Emily Yoffe, December 7


Personal Service
Honors magazine journalism that serves readers’ needs and aspirations

Cosmopolitan for “The Cosmo Icky-pedia of STIs,” by Kelly Mickle, November

Men’s Journal for “When to Say No to Your Doctor,” by Joseph Hooper, October

New York for “Your Grandmother’s Guide to Pot,” by Allison P. Davis, Armen Enikolopov, Matthew Giles, Clint Rainey, Alexa Tsoulis-Reay, Mary Jane Weedman and Alex Yablon, December 1-14

O, The Oprah Magazine for “Ready or Not: What It’s Like to Care for Aging Parents,” November

Real Simple for “Real Simple’s Easy, Clever, Commonsense, Time-Saving, Game-Changing Guide to Help You Take Control of the Laundry (Finally)!” by Nicole Sforza, August


Leisure Interests
Honors magazine journalism that provides practical information about recreational activities and special interests

Backpacker for “The Complete Guide to Fire,” edited by Casey Lyons, October

Bon Appétit for “Inside the (Very Active) Mind of Bobby Flay,” by Adam Rapoport, March

Outdoor Life for “Do It All: 51 Essential Skills, Inspired Project, and Clever Hacks to Improve Your Outdoor Life,” April

Runner’s World for “What Will It Take to Run a 2-Hour Marathon?” by Alex Hutchinson, October 13

Sunset for “25 All-Time Favorite Test Kitchen Recipes,” January


Honors reporting excellence as exemplified by one article or a series of articles

The Atavist for “The Trials of White Boy Rick,” by Evan Hughes, September

Chicago for “The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates: Dead Wrong,” May, and “The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates: Getting Washed,” June, by David Bernstein and Noah Isackson

ESPN The Magazine for “No One Walks Off the Island,” by Scott Eden, May 12

GQ for “Inside the Iron Closet,” by Jeff Sharlet, February

The New Republic for “How Close They Came,” by Ben Birnbaum and Amir Tibon, August 4

The New Yorker for “The Hunt for El Chapo,” by Patrick Radden Keefe, May 5

Virginia Quarterly Review for “The Ghosts of Rana Plaza,” by Jason Motlagh, Spring


Feature Writing
Honors original, stylish storytelling

The Atavist for “Love and Ruin,” by James Verini, February

GQ for “The Strange and Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit,” by Michael Finkel, September

Grantland for “The Sea of Crises,” by Brian Phillips, November 5

The New York Times Magazine for “The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie,” by John Jeremiah Sullivan, April 13

The New Yorker for “The Reckoning,” by Andrew Solomon, March 17

T, The New York Times Magazine for “Lost Knowledge,” by Jody Rosen, December 7

Texas Monthly for “The Witness,” by Pamela Colloff, September


Feature Photography
Honors the use of original photography in a feature story, photo-essay or photo portfolio

Bloomberg Businessweek for “Border Lines,” photographs by Kirsten Luce, December 1

Harper’s Magazine for “Dark Heights,” photographs by Benjamin Lowy, May

Matter for “Whoever Saves a Life,” by Matthieu Aikins, photographs by Sebastiano Tomada, September 14

New York for “Magic Show,” photographs by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, February 17-24

TIME for “Crime Without Punishment,” photographs by Jerome Sessini, August


Essays and Criticism
Honors interpretative and critical journalism

The Atlantic for “The Case for Reparations,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, June

The Georgia Review for “The One I Get and Other Artifacts,” by Carol Ann Davis, Winter

The New Yorker for “This Old Man,” by Roger Angell, February 17 and 24

Vanity Fair for “Shame and Survival,” by Monica Lewinsky, June

Virginia Quarterly Review for “Smuggler: A Memoir of Gay Male Literature,” by Philip Kennicott, Fall


Columns and Commentary
Honors political and social commentary; news analysis; and reviews and criticism

Grantland for three columns by Wesley Morris: “Let’s Be Real,” August 15; “After Normal,” February 21; and “If U Seek Amy,” October 3

The New Republic for five posts by Rebecca Traister: “When Michael Dunn Compared Himself to a Rape Victim, He Was Following an Old, Racist Script,” October 23; “I Don’t Care If You Like It,” July 16; “I Sort of Hope We Find Out That Jill Abramson Was Robbing the Cash Register,” May 15; “Jill Abramson's Firing Was About Gender. And Also Not About Gender,” May 22; and “The Slenderman Stabbing Shows Girls Will Be Girls, Too,” June 4

New York for three columns by Jerry Saltz: “Zombies on the Walls: Why Does So Much New Abstraction Look the Same?,” June 16-29; “Taking in Jeff Koons, Creator and Destroyer of Worlds,” June 30-July 13; and “Post-Macho God: Matisse's Cut-Outs Are World-Historically Gorgeous,” October 8

The Oxford American for three columns by Chris Offutt: “Chicken Eggs,” Spring; “Bourbon and Cheese,” Summer; and “CIA Cake and Jeff Davis Pie,” Fall

Texas Monthly for three columns by Stephen Harrigan: “Dreaming in the Dark,” February; “Before the McConaissance,” April; and “A Double Date With Leatherface,” July


Honors fiction originally published in magazines

The Antioch Review for “Afternoon in Byzantium,” by Rick DeMarinis, Summer

The New Yorker for “The Emerald Light in the Air,” by Donald Antrim, February 3

The New Yorker for “Scheherazade,” by Haruki Murakami, October 13

The Paris Review for “Miss Adele Amidst the Corsets,” by Zadie Smith, Spring

Virginia Quarterly Review for “Serve-and-Volley, Near Vichy,” by Greg Jackson, Fall


Magazine of the Year
Honors magazines for print and digital editorial excellence and for magazine-branded content and services, including conferences and events

Better Homes and Gardens; Cosmopolitan; The Hollywood Reporter; New York; Vogue