HFPA Members Win In National Journalism Awards Contest

by Ruben V. Nepales December 7, 2016
HFPA members win Journalism Awards, 2016

9th National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards winners: Janet R. Nepales and Barbara Gasser. Not in photo: Adam Tanswell and Margaret Gardiner.

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Four HFPA members triumphed in the 9th Annual National Arts and Entertainment Journalism (NAEJ) Awards gala held last December 4 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

The competition, presented by the Los Angeles Press Club (LAPC), drew more than 1,000 entries.

Adam Tanswell won first prize in the Celebrity Feature (Over 1,000 Words) category for “The X-Files Reborn” which came out on SciFiNow.

The judges commented, “Looking back at the original The X-Files, then forward to the new TV series, Tanswell recounts well its storied history and provides excellent portraits of Mulder and Scully – played once again by David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson – and includes informative sidebar guides to the series.”

Barbara Gasser and Janet R. Nepales earned second and third prizes, respectively, in the Celebrity Feature (Under 1,000 Words) field.

Gasser’s winning piece, “Diane Kruger: Living Her Dream. Hildesheim, Paris, Hollywood – The German Beauty Has Made It,” appeared on Maxima. Nepales’ feature, “Jennifer Garner on Her Life and its Miracles,” was published in Manila Bulletin.

Margaret Gardiner scored third prize in the Celebrity Feature (Online) category. Gardiner’s article, “Susanne Bier: Directing Action, Intrigue, and Character,” was posted on goldenglobes.com.

The Hollywood Reporter dominated this year’s NAEJ with a total of 18 wins, including best publication and journalist of the year (Eriq Gardner) awards.

Angela Lansbury accepts lifetime award, LA Press Club 2016

Angela Lansbury accepts the Legend Award.

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The event also honored Angela Lansbury with the Legend Award for lifetime achievement and contributions to society, Diane Warren with the Visionary Award for humanitarian work and Chelsea Handler with the Luminary Award for career achievement.

In an onstage conversation with LAPC president, NBC4’s Robert Kovacik, one of the event’s traditional highlights, the veteran Lansbury, 91, shared many interesting highlights and trivia about her career. The performer, who was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II in 2014, confirmed that she recorded her beloved version of the Beauty and the Beast song in one take.

She admitted about not winning a single Emmy Award despite her 18 nominations, “It bothers the hell out of me.”

The Dame earned a total of six Golden Globes. She won four times for best actress in a TV series-drama for her popular Murder, She Wrote. Her other Globes were for best supporting actress – The Manchurian Candidate and The Picture of Dorian Grey.