It was a battle of the titans at the National Magazine Awards Thursday night, pitting Adam Moss, in his final contest at the helm of New York magazine, against David Remnick of The New Yorker, the once and future champion.
Heading into this year’s contest Moss had won 40 Ellies in his 15-year tenure, while Remnick took home 44 trophies over the course of 20 years at the helm.
In the final showdown, it was Remnick by a technical knockout, with the judges from the American Society of Magazine Editors awarding him four new Ellies.
Moss, 61, added only one more Golden Elephant, as the statues are also known, for leisure interests for the story “How To Be an Artist” by Jerry Saltz, boosting his career total to 41. He was also inducted into the Magazine Editors Hall of Fame in a moving tribute.
Remnick’s haul means that The New Yorker has won 48 times since he took the helm in 1998.
The awards were moderated by CNN’s John Avlon, a former chief editor of the Daily Beast, and held at the East Williamsburg music venue Brooklyn Steel, marking the first time in the 54-year history of the prestigious honors that they were held outside Manhattan.
In other awards, Wired won for design and photography.
GQ Style won for service and lifestyle.
Roads & Kingdoms, the travel journalist Web site, was honored for service and lifestyle, although nobody was present to accept. Master of Ceremonies Avlon said he would accept the Ellie on behalf of the late Anthony Bourdain, who was a co-founder.
Bon Appetit won for Social Media.
W Magazine, which is still being shopped around by Condé Nast, took home an Ellie for photography.