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L.A. Press Club's Luminary Career Achievement Award Goes to LA Times Film Critic Kenneth Turan

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 25, 2013 at 3:27PM

One sign of maturity and respect is winning awards. L.A. Times film critic Kenneth Turan is getting the Los Angeles Press Club’s Luminary Award for Career Achievement.
L.A. Times film critic Kenneth Turan
Paul A. Hebert/Getty Images North America L.A. Times film critic Kenneth Turan

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.

Davan Maharaj

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.