NEW YORK — Esquire was the big winner at this year’s National Magazine Awards, sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors and held Wednesday at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel here.
Esquire editor in chief David Granger accepted awards for fiction, design, profile writing and reviews and criticism. The New Yorker, another perennial winner, took home three “Ellies,” as the awards are known, for essays, feature writing and public interest.
The only fashion magazine to earn an Ellie was W, which won in the portfolio/photo essay category for a 40-page photo essay on Kate Moss. W is published by Fairchild, which owns WWD.
Prizes in the general excellence category, which is segmented by circulation size, went to Newsweek, Popular Science, Gourmet, Budget Living, Chicago Magazine and Aperture. Gourmet and The New Yorker are published by Condé Nast, a unit of Fairchild parent Advance Publications Inc.
The constant churn of the magazine industry made for a number of poignant moments during the ceremonies. New York magazine won the award for columns and commentary written by Michael Wolff, now a writer for Vanity Fair. “The truth is that I might have preferred a different prize,” Wolff said, alluding to his failed attempt to buy New York (which was bought by financier Bruce Wasserstein instead). Wolff accepted the award along with New York editor in chief Adam Moss, who replaced Caroline Miller at the title in February. “Here I am accepting an award for which I can take absolutely no credit,” said Moss.
Esquire’s Granger, meanwhile, accepted the reviews and criticism award for columns written by Tom Carson, now a writer for rival GQ. “He’s been nominated twice and he’s won twice,” Granger said.
Later, The Oxford American, which shut down last year, won the single-topic issue award for its annual music issue.
Martha Stewart, who was convicted on federal obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges, was present, but her namesake magazine lost to Newsweek in the general excellence category. Addressing Stewart, Newsweek editor Marc Whittaker said, “There are a lot of photographers assembled down there who are very disappointed that you’re not up here.”