New York magazine, which started the night with seven nominations, walked away with five prizes, including a coveted one for General Excellence.
The New Yorker, whose hallways must be running out of places to put all 46 of those Alexander Calder-designed elephant statues it's won throughout the years, left with nary an Ellie. Former Newsweek Editor Mark Whitaker gleefully zinged the Condé Nast weekly when he quipped, "If brown is the new black, I guess that means Adam Moss is the new David Remnick."
Well, Mr. Remnick must be pleased that his chances of winning seem greater this year. The New Yorker was named as a finalist in 12 categories, making it the leading contender among the 128 nominees for the 43rd-annual awards.
Mr. Moss, however, should be equally pleased. His title nabbed nine nods, giving him a good shot to prove wrong his own prediction last year that the American Society of Magazine Editors surely would "never give me one of these again."
Twenty-six other publications received multiple nominations, including Vanity Fair (six), GQ (five) and National Geographic (five).
To the surprise, and perhaps disappointment, of several magazine blogs, Condé Nast's much-maligned business title, Portfolio, is among 13 first-time finalists, with a nomination for best section. Other first-time nominees include Good, Play: The New York Times Sports Magazine, Paste and (gasp!) Radar, a nice kudo for a title already on its third relaunch .
The finalists were whittled down from a record 1,964 entries to the contest, which is sponsored exclusively by Barnes & Noble. The 25 winners are chosen by 240 industry members and will be handed out May 1 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
See the full list of nominated magazines.