Hollywood Reporter Tops National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards With 56 Noms

Joe Pugliese

THR is nominated for best publication, best website and journalist of the year for Gary Baum.

The Hollywood Reporter has topped the nominations for the 10th annual National Arts and Journalism Awards with a total of 56 mentions, including best publication, best website and journalist of the year for Gary Baum.

THR also scored three mentions for best blog tied to an organization: The Race (Scott Feinberg), THR, Esq. (Eriq Gardner and Ashley Cullins) and Live Feed (Lesley Goldberg and Kate Stanhope).

Additionally, Jon Frosch is nominated for best film/TV critic, David Rooney is up for best theater critic and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is nominated for best columnist. Abdul-Jabbar also is set to be honored with the Legend Award at the Los Angeles Press Club's Dec. 3 gala, taking place at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

"Locked and Loaded: The Gun Industry's Lucrative Relationship with Hollywood" is nominated in several categories, including best multimedia package (Victoria McKillop, Jennifer Laski, Scott Johnson, Ryan Heraly and Baum), best feature longer than five minutes (Baum, Johnson, Laski, Stephanie Fischette and McKillop), best page layout (Peter Cury and Shanti Marlar) and best documentary or special program, short (Baum, Johnson, Laski, Fischette and Victoria McKillop).

Meanwhile, Baum also was nominated for best industry/arts investigative story, any media platform, for "What Really Happened to Ronni Chasen?" "Ronnie Chasen" (Baum, Laski, Fischette, Natalie Heltzel and Victor Klaus) also is nominated for best hard or breaking news in the TV/video/film categories. Seth Abramovitch also was nominated in the same category, for "Friars Club Under Fire: Inside a Showbiz Institution."

Goldberg's "It's a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s...$100,000, Easy!" was nominated for best arts or entertainment related business story, any media platform, while Stephen Galloway is up for best celebrity investigative piece for "Johnny Depp: A Star in Crisis."

In the obituary/appreciate category, THR scored two noms: Chris Gardner for "Robert Osborne: The THR Years" and Kim Masters for "Brad Grey."

In the print categories, celebrity news category, Baum also is up for "DiCaprio, Brando and the Missing Oscar." Lacey Rose and Marisa Guthrie are nominated for best hard or breaking news for "Billy Bush Is Ready to Talk About the Tape," along with Kalee Thompson for "SoCal's Chinese Womb Boom."

Patrick Brzeski is nominated for "The Chairman Will See You Now" in the category of best personality profile, more than 2,500 words, while Gardner's "Nanci Ryder Has This to Say: ‘F–, F–, F–" is nominated for best personality profile less than 2,500 words.

Rose and Abramovitch are nominated for best industry/arts feature, more than 1,000 words, TV/Film, for "SNL's Bigly Season" and "Little People, Big Woes," respectively. The latter also is nominated for best personality profile in the TV/film/video categories for Abramovitch, Laski, Fischette, Heltzel and Tanner DiGirolamo.

John Irving's "You've Got a Global Audience. Use It" is up for best industry/arts feature, less than 1,000 words, while Baum and Alex Ritman's "How Many Bottles of Champagne Does It Take to Save the Planet?" is nominated for best celebrity feature over 1,000 words. Abid Rahman landed a nom for "Meet the Oprah of China, Who Happens to Be Transgender" in the same category.

For humor writing, arts or entertainment, Aaron Couch, Kimberly Nordyke and Braden Nordyke are nominated for “A 7-Year-Old's Hilarious (and Heartbreaking) Review of 'Empire Strikes Back.'”

Meanwhile, Cury and Marlar also are nominated for best page layout for "Melancholy Has Always Been a Part of Me," while Marlar is additionally nominated alongside Kelsey Stefanson for "Renee."

In the TV/video/film categories, "Hollywood Walk of Fame" (Baum, Feinberg, Fischette, Heltzel and Minh Hieu Bui) is nominated for best hard or breaking news. "Creative Until You Die: Don Rickles" (Peter Flax, Abramovitch, Laski, Fischette and Heltzel) is nominated for best personality profile. Flax, Laski, Fischette, Heltzel and Bui also are nominated for best documentary or special program, short, for "Creative Until You Die."

Also in best feature longer than five minutes, Fischette, Heltzel, Raphael Laski, Jean Martin and Ryan Knight are nominated for "'Fences' Conversation: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar."

Matthew Belloni, Laski, Fischette, Laela Zadeh and Christian Huguenot are nominated for "Conversation on Creativity" in the category of best documentary or special program, feature, along with Guthrie, Fischette, Hanon Rosenthal, Huguenot and Darin Eaton II for "Anchor Roundtable."

In the radio/podcasts category, Feinberg is up for "'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Oprah Winfrey ('The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' & 'Queen Sugar')."

In the online categories, Gardner's "Zsa Zsa Gabor's Husband Gives Bizarre (and Touching) Funeral Eulogy, Details Red Carpet Obsession" is up for best celebrity news. Feinberg's "Jean Doumanian Replaced Lorne, Discovered Eddie and Saved Woody, So Why Don’t You Know Her Name?" is nominated for best personality profile alongside Ryan Parker's "John Candy Remembered: His Children Share New Stories About Their Late Father on the Eve of His Birthday."

In the film/TV/theater feature category, Pete Keeley is vying with "Guns and (Shea) Butter: An Oral History of 'Predator'" alongside Patrick Shanley for "Meet the Women Behind 'Rick and Morty's' Third Season." Shanley also is nominated for "In the Shadow of Superheroes, Western Are (Quietly) Popular."

In the arts and entertainment feature category, Gardner is nominated for "Tragedy, Suicide and New York's 'King of the Red Carpet'" along with Ritman for "From Rolling Hills to Unpaid Bills: How the Latest 'Heidi' Adaptation Became a Nightmare for Cast and Crew."

Rebecca Sun is up for "'Ghost in the Shell': 4 Japanese Actresses Dissect the Movie and Its Whitewashing Twist."

THR received two noms for best journalistic use of social media by an organization to tell or enhance a story: Jennifer Liles and Christina Schoellkopf for "SNL's Yuuuge Year" and Liles, Schoellkopf, Ben Svetkey, Tom Seeley and Rett Alcott for "#TrumpMyHand."

THR also landed three noms in the photography categories: "Billy Bush" (Laski, Marlar, Carrie Smith and Frank W. Ockenfels 3" for best news photo and "Saturday Night Live" (Jenny Sargent, Laski, Marlar, Smith and Joe Pugliese) and "Men of Veep" (Laski, Marlar, Smith, Jared Rosenthal and Ramona Rosales) for best feature photo.