Hollywood Reporter Wins National Magazine Award for General Excellence

THR won its first award presented by the American Society of Magazine Editors at the ceremony.

The Hollywood Reporter was honored at the prestigious National Magazine Awards, handed out Monday by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

THR won in the category of General Excellence, Special Interest, which "honors magazines serving highly defined reader communities." THR was also nominated in the Magazine of the Year category, which "honors magazines for print and digital editorial excellence and for magazine-branded content and services, including conferences and events."

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

This marked the second year that THR was nominated for a National Magazine Award, following its 2014 nom in the category of General Excellence, Special Interest. THR was the youngest magazine, by far, in both of the categories in which it was nominated.

There were 263 magazines entered in 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, according to ASME. 

The awards, established in 1966, 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 were presented at the 2015 NMA dinner at the New York Marriott Marquis. 

THR's big night follows its sleek website relaunch in December, which coincided with improved mobile and tablet experience and a record-breaking 17 million monthly unique visitors according to comScore.

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

THR also recently served as the official industry media publication of the Sundance Film Festival, signing on through 2017 and replacing Entertainment Weekly. THR 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. 

A complete list of NMA winners follows.

General Excellence

Special Interest Magazines
Honors magazines serving highly defined reader communities

The Hollywood Reporter


General Interest Magazines

Honors magazines covering politics, business, technology, sports and entertainment

The New Yorker 


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



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

Garden & Gun


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

Men’s Health


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



Honors overall excellence in print magazine design

New York


Honors overall excellence in print magazine photography

National Geographic  


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

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



Tablet Magazine
Honors magazines published on tablets and e-readers

National Geographic 


Honors digital storytelling and the integration of magazine media

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


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

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


Public Interest
Honors magazine journalism that illuminates issues of national importance

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


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

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


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


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

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


Feature Writing
Honors original, stylish storytelling

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


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

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


Essays and Criticism
Honors interpretative and critical journalism

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


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

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,” Oct. 8


Honors fiction originally published in magazines

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


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