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

It's the second consecutive year for a nomination in the category; THR also landed a separate nom in the category of General Excellence, Special Interest, for a third year. Publishing's highest honors will be handed out Feb. 1 by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday 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 second nomination in the category. It will compete with The Atlantic, National Geographic, New York and The New Yorker for the award, which "honors magazines for print and digital editorial excellence and for the success of 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." THRwhich won the award last year — will vie for the honor alongside Backpacker, Car and Driver, Modern Farmer, San Francisco, Smithsonian and Tablet Magazine.

The three Hollywood Reporter issues that were submitted for consideration were "The Last Survivors," spotlighting the 11 remaining survivors of the Holocaust who are in the world of entertainment; the Oscars issue, which includes the little-known story of Gone With the Wind's Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American Oscar winner, and the first major interview with reclusive director Michael Cimino (1978's The Deer Hunter, 1980's Heaven's Gate) in more than 13 years; and the New York issue, with a guest essay from Louis C.K.

This marks the third year that THR has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, on the heels of its 2015 recognition and its 2014 nom in the category of General Excellence, Special Interest. THR, which recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of its relaunch as a weekly magazine, also is the youngest publication, by far, in the Magazine of the Year category.

According to ASME, 282 magazines entered the National Magazine Awards 2016 competition, with a total of 1,590 print and digital entries submitted. A total of 67 publications were nominated in 21 categories. Nominations were announced Thursday morning.

“Millions of Americans turn to print magazines and magazine websites for information they can trust,” said Sid Holt, chief executive of ASME. “The Ellie Awards have honored the best of that work for half a century. This year the Ellies will honor more than 50 print magazines, along with dozens of extraordinary pieces of digital journalism — showing more than ever that the Ellies are the premier awards for both print and digital media.”

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 a Feb. 1 dinner at the Grand Hyatt New York. For more information, visit ASME's website.

Additionally, THR recently was named as a finalist for best cover by ASME in the celebrity and entertainment category. The cover, headlined "The Reign of Kevin Hart" and featuring the actor donning a huge wig, appeared in the Jan. 23, 2015, issue of the weekly magazine. Readers can vote for a favorite cover here until Jan. 26.

THR's noms come on the heels of a record-breaking 2015, topping 3.6 million social followers, setting an all-time monthly pageview record (13.8 million, according to Google Analytics) in September and, along with Billboard, rising to No. 5 on comScore’s Entertainment-News properties in December. THR.com set a new monthly comScore record in February 2015 with 19.8 million worldwide uniques and most recently established a new single-day traffic record on Jan. 11.

In November, THR won 18 awards, including best entertainment publication and best website, at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.

A complete list of NMA finalists follows.

General Excellence

News, Sports and Entertainment
Honors publications covering politics, business and technology as well as pop culture and leisure interests

Esquire; Fast Company; GQ; New York; The New York Times Magazine; The New Yorker; Newsweek


Service and Lifestyle
Honors publications covering health and fitness as well as fashion, design, food and travel

Bon Appétit; Golf Digest; Harper’s Bazaar; Lucky Peach; Parents; Seventeen; T: The New York Times Style Magazine


Special Interest
Honors publications serving highly defined reader communities, including city and regional magazines

Backpacker; Car and Driver; The Hollywood Reporter; Modern Farmer; San Francisco; Smithsonian; Tablet Magazine


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

Aperture; Foreign Affairs; Nautilus; The Oxford American; Poetry; Virginia Quarterly Review


Honors overall excellence in print magazine design

Bon Appétit; GQ; New York; The Pitchfork Review; Wired


Honors overall excellence in print magazine photography

The California Sunday Magazine; National Geographic; New York; Vanity Fair; WSJ


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

Bloomberg Businessweek for “Code: An Essay,” June 15-28

National Geographic for “The Climate Issue,” November

The New York Times Magazine for “Walking New York,” April 26

San Francisco for “The Chinese-American City,” April

Vice for “The Prison Issue,” October


Honors magazine websites and online-only magazines

Audubon; Bloomberg Businessweek; New York; Refinery29; Vogue


Honors digital storytelling and the integration of magazine media

BBC News Magazine (US) for “The Hurricane Station,” by Rajini Vaidyanathan, Aug. 24 at bbc.com/news/magazine

New York for “This Is the Story of One Block in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn,” at nymag.com and Nov. 16-22 print issue

The New York Times Magazine for “Desperate Crossing,” photography and video by Paolo Pellegrin, text by Scott Anderson, at nytimes.com and Sept. 6 print issue

Runner’s World for 40 Million Steps Around the World,” at runnersworld.com and April print issue

Slate for “The Atlantic Slave Trade in Two Minutes,” by Andrew Kahn and Jamelle Bouie, June 25 at slate.com


Honors the outstanding use of video by magazine media

GQ for “Inside the Atlanta Strip Club That Runs Hip Hop,” by Lauren Greenfield, July 10 at gq.com

The New York Times Magazine for “Walking New York,” by JR, Chris Milk and Zach Richter, April 23 at nytimes.com

Pitchfork for “Vince Stapes — Over/Under,” July 1, “Rick Ross — Over/Under,” Dec. 11, and “T-Pain — Over/Under,” Sept. 29, at youtube.com

Vice for “Red Right Hand: The Cleveland Strangler,” Nov. 3 at vice.com   

Vice News for “Selfie Soldiers: Russia’s Army Checks In to Ukraine,” June 16 at news.vice.com


Public Interest
Honors magazine journalism that illuminates issues of national importance

BuzzFeed News for “The New American Slavery,” July 24, and “All You Americans Are Fired,” Dec. 1, by Jessica Garrison, Ken Bensinger and Jeremy Singer-Vine, at buzzfeed.com

Cosmopolitan for “Pregnant? Scared? Need Options? Too Bad,” August print issue, “Save the Mother, Save the Baby,” April 6 at cosmopolitan.com, and “I Felt Set Up,” Dec. 17 at cosmopolitan.com, by Meaghan Winter

The Huffington Post for “Dying to Be Free,” by Jason Cherkis, Jan. 28 at huffingtonpost.com

The Huffington Post Highline for “Welcome to Beautiful Parkersburg, West Virginia,” by Mariah Blake,  Aug. 27 at highline.huffingtonpost.com

The Intercept for “The Teflon Toxin,” August 11, “The Case Against DuPont,” August 17, and “How DuPont Slipped Past the EPA,” Aug. 20, by Sharon Lerner at theintercept.com


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

Cooking Light for “The Healthy Cook’s Guide to Fat,” by Sidney Fry, MS, RD, and Robin Bashinsky, November

Cosmopolitan for “Surf the New Wave: Cosmo’s Guide to the Modern Period,” by Laura Bell and Anna Maltby, November

FamilyFun for “The Happy Family Playbook,” by Jennifer King Lindley, May

Popular Mechanics for “How to Buy a Car,” July/August

Wired for “All Work and All Play,” by Rashida Jones, July


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

Bon Appétit for “Cook Like a Pro,” April

Eater for “The Eater Guide to Surviving Disney World,” Aug. 26 at eater.com

GQ for “What’s Blowing Up,” April

Los Angeles for “Taco City,” July, and “Taco Week,” July 20, by Lesley Bargar Suter With Bill Esparza at lamag.com

Sunset for “Welcome to Camp Sunset,” May


Magazine Section
Honors the editorial direction of print or digital departments or sections

Backpacker for “The Play List”

Bon Appétit for “BA Kitchen”

GQ for “Manual”

New York for “The Culture Pages”

Popular Mechanics for “How Your World Works”


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

The Atlantic for “Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe?” by Jeffrey Goldberg, April

Matter for “Ghost Boat,” by Eric Reidy, Oct. 7 at medium.com/matter

Matter for “My Nurses Are Dead and I Don’t Know If I’m Already Infected,” by Joshua Hammer, Jan. 12 at medium.com/matter

Mother Jones for “The Fever [How the Government Put Tens of Thousands of People at Risk of a Deadly Disease],” by David Ferry, January/February

The New York Times Magazine for “Purgatory [The Deported],” by Luke Mogelson, Dec. 13

The New Yorker for “Where the Bodies Are Buried,” by Patrick Radden Keefe, March 16

Rolling Stone for “Yemen’s Hidden War,” by Matthieu Aikins, Aug. 13


Feature Writing
Honors original, stylish storytelling

Bicycling for “Spun,” by Steve Friedman, June

Chicago for “Here We Are,” by Scott Blackwood, November

ESPN The Magazine for “The Education of Alex Rodriguez,” by J.R. Moehringer, March 2

The Marshall Project in Partnership With ProPublica for “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” by Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller, Dec. 16 at themarshallproject.org

New York for “The Hustlers at Scores,” by Jessica Pressler, Dec. 28, 2015-Jan. 10, 2016

The New York Times Magazine for “The Strange Case of Anna Stubblefield,” by Daniel Engber, Oct. 25

The New Yorker for “The Really Big One,” by Kathryn Schulz, July 20


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

The California Sunday Magazine for “In the Tenderloin,” photographs by Pieter Hugo,  May 3

New York for “The Seven Ages of Woman,” portfolio by Rachel Feinstein, Aug. 10-23

Politico for “Front Row at the Political Theater,” photographs by Mark Peterson, November/December

Vanity Fair for “He Says Goodbye, She Says Hello,” by Buzz Bissinger, photographs by Annie Leibovitz, July

W for “Best Performances,” by Lynn Hirschberg, photographs by Tim Walker, February


Essays and Criticism
Honors interpretative and critical journalism

Condé Nast Traveler for “Postcard From East Africa,” by Jonathan Franzen, September

Esquire for “The Friend,” by Matthew Teague, May

GQ for “The Accident,” by Michael Paterniti, March

Matter for “Everything Is Yours, Everything Is Not Yours,” by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil, June 29 at medium.com/matter

Poetry for “How It Feels,” by Jenny Zhang, July/August


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

ESPN The Magazine for three “The Truth” columns by Howard Bryant: “Down for the Count,” July 20, “The King Has Spoken,” Sept. 14, and “The Power of Sight,” Oct. 12

Harper’s Magazine for three “Easy Chair” columns by Rebecca Solnit: “Abolish High School,” April, “In the Shadow of the Storm,” August, and “The Mother of All Questions,” October

The Intercept for three “The Barrett Brown Review of Arts and Letters and Prison” columns by Barrett Brown: “Stop Sending Me Jonathan Franzen Novels,” October 6, “A Visit to the Sweat Lodge,” July 16, and “Santa Muerte, Full of Grace,” Aug. 24

The New York Times Magazine for three “On Photography” columns by Teju Cole: “A True Picture of Black Skin,” Feb. 22, “Shadows in São Paulo,” Aug. 23, and “The Shadow Remains,” Oct. 18

Poetry for three “Poetry Magazine Podcasts”: “Cast Poems in the River and Tell Them You Remember,” April 1, “Cranberry Cranberry Cranberry,” July 1, and “Things No Longer There,” Sept. 1


Honors fiction originally published in magazines

Harper’s Magazine for “Interesting Facts,” by Adam Johnson, June

The New Yorker for “Who Will Greet You at Home,” by Lesley Nneka Arimah, Oct. 26

Zoetrope: All-Story for “The Grozny Tourist Bureau,” by Anthony Marra, Fall


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

The Atlantic; The Hollywood Reporter; National Geographic; New York; The New Yorker

(All publication dates 2015 unless otherwise indicated.)