There aren't many occasions that can gather the magazine industry's best and brightest in the same room, but the annual Ellie Awards banquet—the 50th anniversary edition, no less—is certainly one of them. It was an evening that saw first-time achievers recognized, long-time leaders honored, and the occasional long-winded winner politely but firmly interrupted by a musical cue.
In the end, New York Magazine was again the big winner, taking home four Ellies—the 11th straight-year that the Adam Moss-edited magazine has won at least one award. The Atlantic won the big prize: Magazine of the Year, and Gayle Goodson Butler, editor-in-chief of Better Homes and Gardens, was named to the ASME Hall of Fame.
Beyond any doubt, however, the most memorable moment of the evening was when David Granger, the recently resigned, long-time editor-in-chief of Esquire, took the stage to accept the Ellie for essays and criticism. A lengthy standing ovation followed, to which Granger responded, "I'm so happy, I may just quit."
The Hollywood Reporter won for general excellence in the special interest category for the second straight year.
First-time winners included BuzzFeed News for public interest, The California Sunday Magazine for photography, Eater for leisure interests, FamilyFun in personal service, The Intercept in columns and commentary, Lucky Peach for general excellence in the service and lifestyle category, Matter for reporting, and Politico for feature photography.
The idea that these are exciting times despite—or perhaps because of—the fact that the industry is just in the beginning of a major transition was certainly apparent Monday evening, not only in the words of Adam Moss as he took the stage again and again, but in the selection of winners and nominees themselves.
High-profile awards in commentary/criticism and reporting went to digital natives The Intercept and Matter, respectively. In the public interest category won by BuzzFeed News, Cosmopolitan was the only nominee with a print edition.
View the full list of winners below:
News, Sports and Entertainment
Winner: New York
Service and Lifestyle
Winner: Lucky Peach
Winner: The Hollywood Reporter
Literature, Science and Politics
Winner: Oxford American
Winner: The California Sunday Magazine
Winner: Bloomberg Businessweek for “Code: An Essay,” June 15-28
Winner: New York
Winner: New York for “This Is the Story of One Block in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn,” at nymag.com and November 16-22 print issue
Winner: Vice News for “Selfie Soldiers: Russia’s Army Checks In to Ukraine,” June 16 at vicenews.com
Winner: BuzzFeed News for “The New American Slavery,” July 24, and “All You Americans Are Fired,” December 1, by Jessica Garrison, Ken Bensinger and Jeremy Singer-Vine, at buzzfeed.com
Winner: FamilyFun for “The Happy Family Playbook,” by Jennifer King Lindley, May
Winner: Eater for “The Eater Guide to Surviving Disney World,” August 26 at eater.com
Winner: New York for “The Culture Pages”
Winner: Matter for “My Nurses Are Dead, and I Don’t Know If I’m Already Infected,” by Joshua Hammer, January 12 at medium.com/matter
Winner: The New Yorker for “The Really Big One,” by Kathryn Schulz, July 20
Winner: Politico for “Front Row at the Political Theater,” photographs by Mark Peterson, November/December
Essays and Criticism
Winner: Esquire for “The Friend,” by Matthew Teague, May
Columns and Commentary
Winner: 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,” August 24, and “Stop Sending Me Jonathan Franzen Novels,” October 6
Winner: Zoetrope: All-Story for “The Grozny Tourist Bureau,” by Anthony Marra, Fall
Magazine of the Year
Winner: The Atlantic
Finalists: The Hollywood Reporter; National Geographic; New York; The New Yorker