Celebuzz Dominates 2012 National Entertainment Journalism Awards With 6 Nominations

The Los Angeles Press Club has recognized Celebuzz with multiple nominations for its fifth annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards.

The site’s exclusive report exposing the feud between Community star Chevy Chase and the show creator Dan Harmon — complete with leaked audio of the veteran Hollywood actor calling the NBC comedy series “just a mediocre sitcom” — was named one of five finalists in the Best Online News Report category.

It will compete for the top online honor against peers The Hollywood Reporter, Bloomberg News, The Wrap and Hollywood.com.

The story published on Apr. 10, 2012 made international headlines.

69-year-old Chase, who plays Pierce Hawthorne on the primetime series, was recorded telling Harmon, “I want people to laugh and this isn’t funny. It ain’t funny to me because I’m 67-years-old and I’ve been doing this a long time. I’ve been making a lot of people laugh a lot better than this.”

Five months after Celebuzz posted its story, Harmon was fired as the show runner of Community.

Celebuzz Editor in Chief Dylan Howard was also nominated for an industry leading six National Entertainment Journalism Awards, more than any other individual nominee, including the coveted Entertainment Journalist of the Year, an award he previously won in 2011.

The full list of nominations can be read at the L.A. Press Club’s website, here.

The body of work that saw Howard nominated for the highest accolade included scores of memorable exclusives, including the expose series on the underground Hollywood high-stakes poker circuit — implicating A-Listers Tobey Maguire, Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon, the secret Desperate Housewives feud between Teri Hatcher and her costars, an investigation into the world of Scientology and its relationship to Tom Cruise, and the publication of a dossier of evidence that that compelled the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to take a new look at one of Hollywood’s most enduring mysteries, the drowning death of actress Natalie Wood in 1981.

Other noms for Entertainment Journalist of the Year include LA Weekly’s Gendy Alimurung, RadarOnline Legal Editor Jen Heger, Orange County Register media reporter Gary Lycan and Kim Masters, Editor at Large of The Hollywood Reporter and KCRW.

Howard’s reporting of Whitney Houston’s drug induced death on Feb. 11, 2012 was also recognized for a social media nod.

Howard’s poker expose and Natalie Wood revelations were nominated twice in the same category for entertainment related investigative story.

The series on the high-stakes gambling was also recognized as the best hard or breaking news print repot in the entertainment industry. The expose first appeared in Star magazine, where Howard previously served as Senior Executive Editor.

The awards ceremony will also honor Jane Fonda with their first Visionary Award, as introduced by Robert Redford, on Nov. 18th at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.