New York Dominates Ellies (Posted 5/2)
By the end of the evening, New York editor-in-chief Adam Moss’s excitement had turned apologetic as he accepted his fifth Ellie at last night’s National Magazine Awards ceremony held at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, including the award for general excellence in the 250,000 to 500,000 circulation category. "I’m sorry about this," he said as he accepted his fourth Ellie and "You’re never going to give me one of these again," when he accepted his fifth.
In fact, New York’s winnings inspired former Newsweek editor-in-chief and soon to be VP NBC News Mark Whitaker to quip, "If brown is the new black, then Adam Moss is the new David Remnick," referring to The New Yorker editor’s frequent trips to the podium at past events.
While New York’s Moss was indeed "ubiquitous," as he was described by actress and presenter Carrie Fisher, there were some dark horse winners: The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists took the Ellie for General Excellence under 100,000 circ ("Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is a very, very bad name for a magazine," said editor Mark Strauss during his acceptance.); and City grabbed an Ellie for the Photo Portfolio categoryp>
A performance from musician KT Tunstall opened the show, followed by a pre-recorded welcome message from Ellen Degeneres spoofing various nominee covers and joked, "Give ‘em hell Cat Fancy!"
A number of celebrity presenters were on-hand including actor Kevin Bacon, NBC News anchor Ann Curry, Sopranos actress Edie Falco, filmmaker John Waters, and New York founder Milton Glaser.
National Geographic and Vanity Fair brought home two awards each. First-time winners included Beliefnet.com, Departures, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review and O, The Oprah Magazine. O editor-in-chief Amy Gross joked, "The Susan Lucci curse is over. It’s been 9 nominations!" as she took the stage to accept her award.
2007 NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARD WINNERS
- National Geographic for General Excellence (over 2,000,000 circulation)
- Rolling Stone for General Excellence (1,000,000 to 2,000,000 circulation)
- Wired for General Excellence (500,000 to 1,000,000 circulation)
- New York for General Excellence (250,000 to 500,000 circulation)
- Foreign Policy for General Excellence (100,000 to 250,000 circulation)
- Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists for General Excellence (under 100,000 circulation)
- Glamour for Personal Service
- O, The Oprah Magazine for Leisure Interests
- Esquire for Reporting
- Vanity Fair for Public Interest
- GQ for Feature Writing
- New York for Profile Writing
- The Georgia Review for Essays
- Vanity Fair for Columns and Commentary
- The Nation for Reviews and Criticism
- New York for Magazine Section
- Departures for Single-topic Issue
- New York for Design
- National Geographic for Photography
- The Paris Review for Photojournalism
- City for Photo Portfolio
- McSweeney’s for Fiction
- Beliefnet.com for General Excellence Online
- BusinessWeek.com for Interactive Service
- nymag.com for Interactive Feature