Hollywood Reporter Wins Second National Magazine Award for General Excellence

Dec. 25, 2015-Jan. 8, 2016

THR won its second award presented by the American Society of Magazine Editors at Monday's ceremony.

The Hollywood Reporter was honored at the prestigious National Magazine Awards, handed out Monday in New York 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," for a second consecutive year. The magazine beat out Backpacker, Car and Driver, Modern Farmer, San Francisco, Smithsonian and Tablet Magazine for the honor.

THR also was nominated in the Magazine of the Year category. The Atlantic took home the award, which "honors magazines for print and digital editorial excellence and for the success of branded content and services, including conferences and events.”

The Hollywood Reporter submitted three magazine issues from 2015 for consideration: "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 marked the third year that THR was 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 was the youngest publication, by far, in the Magazine of the Year category.

Additionally, THR was named as a finalist for best cover in the celebrity and entertainment category. The cover, headlined "The Reign of Kevin Hart" and featuring the actor in a huge wig, was on the Jan. 23, 2015, issue of the weekly magazine. Vanity Fair received that honor for its "Call Me Caitlyn" cover featuring Caitlyn Jenner.

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 were handed out at a Feb. 1 dinner at the Grand Hyatt New York.

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.

THR's noms come on the heels of a record-breaking 2015, topping 3.8 million social followers, setting an all-time monthly page view record (124.2 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 winners follows.

General Excellence

News, Sports and Entertainment

New York

Service and Lifestyle

Lucky Peach

Special Interest

The Hollywood Reporter

Literature, Science and Politics

Oxford American




The California Sunday Magazine

Single-Topic Issue

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


New York


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


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

Public Interest

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

Personal Service

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

Leisure Interests

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

Magazine Section

New York for “The Culture Pages”


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

Feature Writing

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

Feature Photography

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

Essays and Criticism

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

Columns and Commentary

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


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

Magazine of the Year

The Atlantic