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ASME’S BIG NIGHT: The newsweekly is dead! Long live the newsweekly! The format may be struggling in ad sales and on the newsstand, but in the close-knit magazine world, it seems to still reign supreme. During the American Society of Magazine Editors’ annual gala at the New York Marriott Marquis Thursday, Time was the surprise winner of the night’s most coveted award, Magazine of the Year, edging out Esquire, New York, The New Yorker and Popular Mechanics. This is the only award that recognizes editorial excellence in print and on digital platforms.
Another newsweekly — Bloomberg Businessweek, edited by former Time editor Josh Tyrangiel — scored a general excellence win, beating GQ, New York, The New Yorker and Vice. In other general excellence news, O, The Oprah Magazine — shrugging off its namesakes TV travails — won in the women’s magazine category and House Beautiful took home the prize for lifestyle magazines — a first for both Hearst titles.
In a vague return to the ASME’s usual norm, past multiaward winner New York magazine this year received three awards, in the Essays and Criticism category for Wesley Yang’s piece “Paper Tigers,” and for the second year in a row, the “Strategist” won for best magazine section. New York also won for single-topic issue, for “The Encyclopedia of 9/11.”
That other perennial winner, David Remnick’s New Yorker, won two awards, for Public Interest and Reporting. The latter prize went to Lawrence Wright for “The Apostate,” a profile of Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology.
In the columns and commentary category, Vanity Fair won for three columns written by the late Christopher Hitchens, while Vogue took home the Ellie for best photography, for its March, October and November issues, and The New York Times Magazine won for feature photography for “Vamps, Crooks & Killers,” with Brad Pitt, Rooney Mara, Gary Oldman, George Clooney, among other celebrities, playing cinematic villains. It was photographed by Alex Prager, with an introduction by A.O. Scott. Glamour won a personal service Ellie, for a story about relationship violence, written by Liz Brody.
For the second year in a row, GQ won best design, beating Bloomberg Businessweek, Wired, New York and Interview.
Tallying the battle between the media titans, Condé Nast won a total of six Ellies, while Hearst won three (its third nod went to Esquire for feature writing).