Hollywood Reporter Tops National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards With 44 Noms

THR - The Actress Roundtable - Photographed by Miller Mobley  - SPLASH 2018
Photographed by Miller Mobley

Nominations include best publication, best website, journalist of the year for Lacey Rose and best columnist for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

The Hollywood Reporter topped the nominations for the 11th annual National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards with a total of 44, including best publication, best website, print journalist of the year for Lacey Rose and best columnist for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

In addition, Daniel Fienberg is up for best TV critic, while David Rooney will vie for best performing arts critic. Other noms include two for best group blog — The Live Feed, overseen by Lesley Goldberg, and Heat Vision, by Borys Kit, Aaron Couch, Graeme McMillan, Ryan Parker, Pamela McClintock and Patrick Shanley.

In the categories for any media platform, Rose also scored a nom for her Ellen Pompeo profile "How I Fought to Become TV's $20 Million Woman."

THR scored multiple noms in the industry/arts investigative category: Gary Baum for "The Mystery of Angelyne Is Solved" and Kim Masters and Goldberg for "Amazon Studios' Roy Price: Inside the Fall of a Top Executive." The latter also is nominated for best general news, print, alongside Ashley Cullins' "Music's Grim New Must-Have: Terrorism Insurance Policies."

In the celebrity investigative category, Scott Johnson and Rebecca Sun are nominated for "Her Darkest Role (Allison Mack)." Johnson also received a nom in the same category for "'Murder, Mayhem and Torture' Off the Sunset Strip," which also scored a nom for best page layout for Shanti Marlar, Kelsey Stefanson and Owen Freeman.

Up for best multimedia package are Jeanie Pyun, Seth Abramovitch, Gregg Kilday, Mark Morrison, Tatiana Siegel and Jennifer Laski for "Hollywood Legacies: Exclusive Photos of the Hustons, Poitiers, Sutherlands and More Showbiz Families" and Rose, Laski, Stephanie Fischette, Michelle Stark, Miller Mobley and Christian Huguenot for "'It's a Revolution': The Hollywood Reporter Drama Actress Roundtable."

In the print categories, Tatiana Siegel's "Playmate to Politico: How Pamela Anderson Became an International Woman of Mystery" is nominated for best celebrity news, while Rose's Tiffany Haddish profile "Tiffany Takes Flight" will compete alongside Seth Abramovitch's Kathy Griffin profile "A Comic in Exile" in the category of best personality profile over 2,500 words.

Scott Feinberg was nominated for best TV/movie industry feature over 1,000 words for "'They Got the Wrong Envelope!': The Oral History of Oscar's Epic Best Picture Fiasco," and Stephen Galloway's George Clooney profile, "The Worst Thing You Can Do in Life Is Be Satisfied," was nominated for best celebrity feature.

Meanwhile, in the online categories, Masters also is nominated for hard news for "John Lasseter's Pattern of Alleged Misconduct Detailed by Disney/Pixar Insiders." (Masters also is nominated alongside Kaitlin Parker for her work at KCRW; "Personal accounts of sexual harassment in Hollywood" is up for best one-on-one interview — TV personalities.) 

Sun is nominated for best personality profile, online, for "Why YouTube Megastar KevJumba Mysteriously Disappeared," while Couch and Byron Burton are nominated for best film/TV/theater feature for "'X-Men' at 25: The Unlikely Story of the Animated Hit No Network Wanted".

THR scored two noms for best arts and entertainment feature: Abramovitch for "Death in a Hollywood Sex Dungeon: How a Top Agency Executive's "Mummification" Ritual Ended in Tragedy" and Jenny Lumet for "Russell Simmons Sexually Violated Me."

Daniel Fienberg also will complete for best commentary analysis/trend — TV for "Critic's Notebook: 'Curb,' Corden and Fallon — Do We Expect Too Much From Our Clowns?" while Scott Roxborough is nominated for best commentary analysis/trend — business/politics/social issues for "How Europe Is Fighting Back Against Fake News."

Meanwhile, Sun is nominated for best commentary — diversity/gender for "HBO's Slavery Drama 'Confederate' Faces Minefield of 'Fundamentally Problematic' Issues" along with Jing Zhang for "#MeToo Has Reached China, But Will It Have an Impact?" 

THR scored two noms in the category for best journalist use of social media by an organization. Jennifer Liles, Shannon O'Connor and Natalya Jaime will compete with their work on "Ellen Pompeo, TV's $20 Million Woman, Reveals Her Behind-the-Scenes Fight for 'What I Deserve'" and "'It's a Revolution': The Hollywood Reporter Drama Actress Roundtable."

In the video categories, a nom for best personality profile went to Victoria McKillop, Fischette, Jon Alain Guzik, Erin Hughes, Ryan Heraly and Victor Klaus for "Michael Fassbender Race Prep at Laguna Seca."

Laski, Fischette, Jason Averett, Tiffany Taylor and Jason Bass were nominated for best hard news feature under five minutes for "THR News - Seth MacFarlane Used 'Family Guy' to Drop Hints About Weinstein, Spacey Sexual Misconduct Claims," while Natalie Heltzel, Brian Porreca, Couch, Shanley and Alfred Aquino II were nominated for best soft news feature under five minutes for "Heat Vision Breakdown: Why Only Certain Sequels With Long Gaps Between Them Work."

Galloway, Laski, Fischette and Laela Zadeh were nominated for best feature over five minutes for "Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program: This is not just a one-year bond," alongside Victoria McKillop, Francine Nazario, Ryan Heraly, Vince Patrick and Minh Bui for "Compe?re Lapin — Where Hollywood Eats in New Orleans."

Laski, Victoria McKillop, Patrick, Klaus and Erin Hughes were nominated for best documentary or special program, short, under 30 minutes for "Magic Hour: Photographer to the Stars Frank Ockenfels 3 Talks David Bowie Friendship, Portraiture and Light."

THR also landed four nominations in the photo categories: best news photo for Laski, Marlar, Carrie Smith and Miller Mobley for "Ronan Farrow";  best portrait photo for Laski, Marlar, Smith, Kate Pappa and Martha Galvan for "Willem Dafoe"; best feature photo for Laski, Marlar, Smith and Ruven Afanador for "Ryan Murphy"; and best photo essay for Laski, Marlar, Smith, Michelle Stark and Mobley for "The Drama Actress Roundtable."

The awards will be handed out at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards Gala on Dec. 2 at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Also being honored at the ceremony are Carol Burnett with the Legend Award for Lifetime Achievement, ABC7 entertainment reporter George Pennacchio with the Luminary Award for Career Achievement, the late Los Angeles Times food and music critic Jonathan Gold with the Impact Award, and author Michael Connelly with the Distinguished Storyteller Award.