lucky 13 prizes, Variation At the SoCal Journalism Awards, it tops the previous best of the 12 first prizes the magazine won in 2018. Variation Attended Sunday’s ceremony with a record 96 candidates, representing work published online and in print during the 2022 calendar year.
The awards were handed out at a gala dinner attended by hundreds of people in the historic Crystal Ballroom at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
Several staff have won double awards. Owen Gleiberman Variation‘s chief film critic gives his best obituary/credit for looking back at actor William Hurt, as well as “Does ‘Tar’ Support or Against Cate Blanchett’s Superstar Predator Chief?” He won best online art review for his column. Senior writer and chief music critic Chris Willman won the award for best feature film under 1,000 words, as well as the best magazine columnist award for his comments throughout the year for his co-interview with “Women Talking” director Sarah Polley and composer Hildur Guðnadóttir. And former music editor-in-chief Shirley Halperin received a personality profile award for a cover post she wrote on music mogul Guy Oseary, and an award for a podcast interview with songwriter Kara DioGuardi.
Television editor Michael Schneider won the TV personality profile category with a feature on “Abbott Elementary” creator-star Quinta Brunson. Chief TV critic Daniel D’Addario won first prize for online political commentary for his review of “The Lincoln Project.”
Film reporter Rebecca Rubin and editor-in-chief Brent Lang shared the top prize in the performing arts/entertainment news category for a story about Lea Michele’s triumphant return in the Broadway revival of “Funny Girl.” Artisans editor Jazz Tangcay won the entertainment newsreel/broadcast category with an article about costume designers fighting for pay equality by sharing pay gaps.
Social media editor Katcy Stephan won first prize for online commentary on art for her “Inside the Hell of Purchasing Taylor Swift ‘Eras Tour’ Tickets: Crashes, Queues and Crying.” Deputy editor Pat Saperstein, “Taylor Swift and Kyle Jenner Provoke Private Jet Controversy, But Does Climate Shame Work?” Senior TV editor Brian Steinberg took first place in TV commentary/analysis for “CNN Makes Main Lineup Changes as New Chefs Get Big Releases.”
Variation Staffers also won more than two dozen second and third place awards at the ceremony. Clayton Davis, Jem Aswad, Kate Aurthur, Tim Gray, Elizabeth Wagmeister, Jennifer Dorn, Matt Donnelly, Rebecca Rubin, Emily Longeretta, Jordan Moreau, Selome Hailu, Laela Schmidt, Nicholas Stango, Jenelle Riley are among those whose 2022 work has also been honored. , Preston Northrup and Shayan Asgharnia.
Alongside the night’s competitive awards, six respected journalists or public figures, including ABC7’s David Ono, Spectrum News 1’s Giselle Fernandez (presented by Sharon Stone), Bernard-Henry Levy (presented), honored or honored the 65th annual gala. honored with lifetime achievement awards. Judea Pearl), John Leguizamo, Gary Sinise (presented by Joe Mantegna), and Alene Tchekmedian (presented by Adam Rose). Sinise and Levy could not attend the ceremony in person, but they made their acceptance speeches on video.
The Los Angeles Press Club presents two awards ceremonies throughout the year. The other, the National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, will be presented at Biltmore on December 3, 2023.