Hollywood Reporter, California Sunday Magazine up for Ellies

ASME-NMA-2015.jpgBoth the revived Hollywood Reporter and the brand new California Sunday Magazine are finalists for general excellence honors in the National Magazine Awards, which will be announced on Feb. 2. The Hollywood Reporter is included in an elite group of five that are finalists for magazine of the year, along with Better Homes and Gardens, Cosmopolitan, New York and Vogue. Wasn't that long ago that people, especially in Hollywood, were giving up THR and the whole concept of entertainment trade publications for dead.

The powerful piece that Pacific Standard ran last January from Amanda Hess, about the Internet's poisonous atmosphere for women as a civil rights issue, is nominated in the public service category. And Monica Lewinsky is nominated for a National Magazine Award in essays and criticism for a piece she wrote in Vanity Fair.

In all, 66 publications — some of them digital-only publications — were nominated in 24 categories. New York led with ten nominations, followed by Bon Appetit and The New Yorker with six. Here's the list:

General Excellence

General Interest Magazines
GQ; The New York Times Magazine; The New Yorker, Politico; Wired

Service and Lifestyle Magazines
Cosmopolitan; Glamour; Martha Stewart Living; Parents; Sunset

Style and Design Magazines
Bon Appétit; Garden & Gun; Harper’s Bazaar; T, The New York Times Style Magazine; Vogue

Active Interest Magazines
Men’s Health; Outside; Popular Mechanics; Runner’s World; Women’s Health

Special Interest Magazines
Harvard Business Review; The Hollywood Reporter; Inc.; Mental Floss; Texas Monthly

Literature, Science and Politics Magazines
The American Scholar; Foreign Affairs; Mother Jones; Nautilus; Virginia Quarterly Review

calif-sunday-mag-logo.pngBon Appétit; The California Sunday Magazine; Harper’s Bazaar; New York; Wired

Bon Appétit; GQ; Harper’s Bazaar; Kinfolk; National Geographic

Single-Topic Issue

Audubon for “Special Issue: Birds and Climate Change,” September/October
Bloomberg Businessweek for “85th Anniversary Issue,” December 8
Bon Appétit for “The Thanksgiving Issue,” November
New York for “Health: A Special Issue,” June 9-15
San Francisco for “The Oakland Issue,” June

Magazine Section

Bloomberg Businessweek for “ETC”
Inc. for “Made”
New York for “The Culture Pages”
New York for “Strategist”
Popular Mechanics for “How Your World Works”


The Atlantic; Nautilus; New York; Politico; Refinery29

Tablet Magazine

Bon Appétit; Garden & Gun; National Geographic; New York; Sunset


The Atavist for “Love for My Enemies,” by Lukas Augustin and Niklas Schenck, June, at
Consumer Reports for “A Beautiful Death,” in December print edition and at
Powder for “The Human Factor,” by David Page, December 9, at
Slate for “The Year of Outrage,” December 17, at
The Texas Observer in Partnership With The Guardian for “Beyond the Border,” by Melissa del Bosque, August 6, at


The Atlantic for “The Contract Buyers League,” and “The Guardian of North Lawndale,” May 21
Grantland for “The Finish Line,” Episode 1, Episode 2 and Episode 3, directed by Jonathan Hock, February 13, February 28, and March 13
Rolling Stone for “Rick Was Here,” October 16
TIME for “Rise,” directed by Shaul Schwarz, March 6
Vice for “The Islamic State,” by Medyan Dairieh, August 15

Public Interest

The Atlantic for “Segregation Now . . . ,” by Nikole Hannah-Jones, May
Matter for “You’re 16. You’re a Pedophile. You Don’t Want to Hurt Anyone. What Do You Do Now?” by Luke Malone, August 10
National Journal for “Jackie’s Goodbye,” by Tiffany Stanley, October 4
Pacific Standard for “Women Aren’t Welcome Here,” by Amanda Hess, January/February
Slate for “The Campus Rape Overcorrection,” by Emily Yoffe, December 7

Personal Service

Cosmopolitan for “The Cosmo Icky-pedia of STIs,” by Kelly Mickle, November
Men’s Journal for “When to Say No to Your Doctor,” by Joseph Hooper, October
New York for “Your Grandmother’s Guide to Pot,” by Allison P. Davis, Armen Enikolopov, Matthew Giles, Clint Rainey, Alexa Tsoulis-Reay, Mary Jane Weedman and Alex Yablon, December 1-14
O, The Oprah Magazine for “Ready or Not: What It’s Like to Care for Aging Parents,” November
Real Simple for “Real Simple’s Easy, Clever, Commonsense, Time-Saving, Game-Changing Guide to Help You Take Control of the Laundry (Finally)!” by Nicole Sforza, August

Leisure Interests

Backpacker for “The Complete Guide to Fire,” edited by Casey Lyons, October
Bon Appétit for “Inside the (Very Active) Mind of Bobby Flay,” by Adam Rapoport, March
Outdoor Life for “Do It All: 51 Essential Skills, Inspired Project, and Clever Hacks to Improve Your Outdoor Life,” April
Runner’s World for “What Will It Take to Run a 2-Hour Marathon?” by Alex Hutchinson, October 13
Sunset for “25 All-Time Favorite Test Kitchen Recipes,” January


The Atavist for “The Trials of White Boy Rick,” by Evan Hughes, September
Chicago for “The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates: Dead Wrong,” May, and “The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates: Getting Washed,” June, by David Bernstein and Noah Isackson
ESPN The Magazine for “No One Walks Off the Island,” by Scott Eden, May 12
GQ for “Inside the Iron Closet,” by Jeff Sharlet, February
The New Republic for “How Close They Came,” by Ben Birnbaum and Amir Tibon, August 4
The New Yorker for “The Hunt for El Chapo,” by Patrick Radden Keefe, May 5
Virginia Quarterly Review for “The Ghosts of Rana Plaza,” by Jason Motlagh, Spring

Feature Writing

The Atavist for “Love and Ruin,” by James Verini, February
GQ for “The Strange and Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit,” by Michael Finkel, September
Grantland for “The Sea of Crises,” by Brian Phillips, November 5
The New York Times Magazine for “The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie,” by John Jeremiah Sullivan, April 13
The New Yorker for “The Reckoning,” by Andrew Solomon, March 17
T, The New York Times Style Magazine for “Lost Knowledge,” by Jody Rosen, December 7
Texas Monthly for “The Witness,” by Pamela Colloff, September

Feature Photography

Bloomberg Businessweek for “Border Lines,” photographs by Kirsten Luce, December 1
Harper’s Magazine for “Dark Heights,” photographs by Benjamin Lowy, May
Matter for “Whoever Saves a Life,” by Matthieu Aikins, photographs by Sebastiano Tomada, September 14
New York for “Magic Show,” photographs by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, February 17-24
TIME for “Crime Without Punishment,” photographs by Jerome Sessini, August

Essays and Criticism

The Atlantic for “The Case for Reparations,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, June
The Georgia Review for “The One I Get and Other Artifacts,” by Carol Ann Davis, Winter
The New Yorker for “This Old Man,” by Roger Angell, February 17 and 24
Vanity Fair for “Shame and Survival,” by Monica Lewinsky, June
Virginia Quarterly Review for “Smuggler: A Memoir of Gay Male Literature,” by Philip Kennicott, Fall

Columns and Commentary

Grantland for three columns by Wesley Morris: “Let’s Be Real,” August 15; “After Normal,” February 21; and “If U Seek Amy,” October 3

The New Republic for five posts by Rebecca Traister: “When Michael Dunn Compared Himself to a Rape Victim, He Was Following an Old, Racist Script,” October 23; “I Don’t Care If You Like It,” July 16; “I Sort of Hope We Find Out That Jill Abramson Was Robbing the Cash Register,” May 15; “Jill Abramson's Firing Was About Gender. And Also Not About Gender,” May 22; and “The Slenderman Stabbing Shows Girls Will Be Girls, Too,” June 4

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,” October 8

The Oxford American for three columns by Chris Offutt: “Chicken Eggs,” Spring; “Bourbon and Cheese,” Summer; and “CIA Cake and Jeff Davis Pie,” Fall

Texas Monthly for three columns by Stephen Harrigan: “Dreaming in the Dark,” February; “Before the McConaissance,” April; and “A Double Date With Leatherface,” July


The Antioch Review for “Afternoon in Byzantium,” by Rick DeMarinis, Summer
The New Yorker for “The Emerald Light in the Air,” by Donald Antrim, February 3
The New Yorker for “Scheherazade,” by Haruki Murakami, October 13
The Paris Review for “Miss Adele Amidst the Corsets,” by Zadie Smith, Spring
Virginia Quarterly Review for “Serve-and-Volley, Near Vichy,” by Greg Jackson, Fall

Magazine of the Year

Better Homes and Gardens; Cosmopolitan; The Hollywood Reporter; New York; Vogue

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