After two years as a finalist, LA Times TV crit Mary McNamara received the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism on Monday. In her columns on “Game of Thrones,” “Orphan Black,” “Empire” and more, she has championed strong women on the small screen. Read her latest column on how TV series like “Thrones” and “House of Cards” tie into Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign here.
Two film critics are Pulitzer finalists in Criticism. New York Times critic Manohla Dargis (recently ranked as New York’s best film critic by THR) was honored by the board “For film criticism that rises from a sweeping breadth of knowledge – social, cultural, cinematic – while always keeping the viewer front and center.” In December, Dargis took off her critic’s cap to pen a generous feature on “Selma” that is one of the high points of recent film journalism.
The Village Voice’s Stephanie Zacharek was honored “For film criticism that combines the pleasure of intellectual exuberance, the perspective of experience and the transporting power of good writing.” Any Zacharek review, filled with wit and insight and a deep knowledge of movie history, is a pleasure to read. Here she is on “Clouds of Sils Maria.”
Here’s the full list of winners.