I recently went up to L.A. Times film critic Kenny Turan at a screening (where his laugh is as instantly recognizable as James L. Brooks’ honk) and said, “Don’t tell people you’ve been going to Cannes for 40 years!” That’s because my biggest fear is that yet another newspaper will decide that their esteemed and popular daily film critic is too expensive for the job he is doing as well as he ever has. Luckily Turan forges steadily ahead and fingers crossed that he will continue to do so for years to come.
Well, another sign of maturity and respect is winning awards. Congrats to Turan for nabbing the Los Angeles Press Club’s Luminary Award for Career Achievement. See the LA Times internal memo below:
To the staff:
It’s a pleasure to report that Kenny Turan has been honored with the Los Angeles Press Club’s Luminary Award for Career Achievement.
In recognizing Kenny at the 6th Annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards last night, the Press Club cited “his insightful and influential movie reviews” that readers in L.A. and across the country have come to depend on.
“Turan has made a career of being bold and willing to go against the grain,” the Press Club’s Jane Engle wrote in the program notes. She added that Kenny “especially champions lesser-known, accomplished movies that can get lost amid Hollywood’s blockbuster mania.”
Kenny has been a mainstay of The Times’ cultural coverage since he joined the paper in 1990. Previously, he was a staff writer for the Washington Post and TV Guide. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Columbia University’s graduate school of journalism.
Please join me in congratulating him on this richly deserved honor.