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In a culture where it seems a new award is invented every day, USA Networks has added one more to the roster: the Character Approved Awards. The name is a little baffling and there is no rubber chicken ceremony at which the winners are announced, but the tastemakers honored by the network Thursday night at the IAC building were no joke. Narciso Rodriguez, Nora Ephron, Blue Hill chef Dan Barber, artist Kehinde Wiley and Yves Behar were among the ten honorees recognized for, according to a press release, “changing the face of American culture.” Academy Award nominees Maggie Gyllenhaal and Gabourey Sidibe both attended, alongside USA stars such as Tiffani Amber Thiessen.

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