The Los Angeles Press Club has nominated The Huffington Post for National Entertainment Journalism Awards in five categories, including best entertainment website, best critic and best business story. The winners will be announced at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 18.
Maureen Ryan was nominated for best critic, an award she took home last year.
And, as if to prove that there is literally nothing at which he cannot excel, HuffPost blogger James Franco was nominated for best entertainment blog by an individual.
Two of the site's nominations recognized articles that were written for Huffington., HuffPost's iPad-native magazine. Michael Hogan's profile of independent film producers Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy, nominated for best online feature or series, ran in the launch issue, and Michael Calderone's story on NBC's Olympic preparations, nominated for best business story on any media platform, was published in Issue 7.
According to its website, the nonprofit Los Angeles Press Club, founded at the start of the last century, "exists to support, promote and defend quality journalism in Southern California." The organization gives out two sets of awards each year: the Southern California Journalism Awards, presented in June, and the National Entertainment Journalism Awards.
The National Entertainment Journalism Awards became the subject of a minor controversy this week when Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood announced that her site would be boycotting this year's awards to protest what she called a lack of transparency and willingness to reward "checkbook journalism." In a statement, the LA Press Club's executive director and president suggested that Finke's real grievance had to do with their decision to honor her rival, Hollywood Reporter editor Janice Min, with a career achievement award at this year's ceremony. Finke, as usual, got the last word, however, telling Mediabistro, "The Los Angeles Press Club knows full well that I began raising my concerns about the integrity of its awards process right after last year's competition."