Candy Moulton: Reading the West 2-28-11 |

Candy Moulton: Reading the West 2-28-11

You could say this is the year of John Wayne and the Pony Express at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Winners of the literary and film Western Heritage Awards for 2011 include an article and a book for juvenile readers that both draw from the Pony Express for inspiration. The Pony celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2010.

In the film categories the best factual narrative is “100 Years of John Wayne” produced for the Starz channel, while the winner of the Wrangler Award in the feature film category goes to “True Grit” a film made famous by John Wayne and brought to new life last year in a production starring Jeff Bridges Josh Brolin, Matt Damon, and newcomer Hailee Steinfield.

The prestigious Wranglers will be presented during the 50th Anniversary ceremony at the Hall in April.

Winners in the literary and film categories are as follow:

• Art Book – “Robert Lougheed Follow the Sun,” Author: Don Hedgpeth, Publisher: Diamond Trail Press.

• Magazine Article – “Taking Stock of the Pony Express,” Author: Frederick J. Chiaventone, Publisher: Wild West Magazine/Weider History Group.

• Juvenile Book – “Off Like the Wind! The First Ride of the Pony Express,” Author: Michael P. Spradlin, Illustrator: Layne Johnson, Publisher: Walker & Company, a Division of Bloombury Publishing, Inc.

• Nonfiction Book – “So Rugged and Mountainous; Blazing the Trail to Oregon and California 1812-1848,” Author: Will Bagley, Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press.

• Outstanding Photography Book – “Life at the Kiowa, Comanche, and Wichita Agency,” Author: Krstina L. Southwell and John R. Lovett, Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press.

• Poetry Book – “Spare Parts,” Author: Ken Hada, Publisher: Mongrel Empire Press.

• Novel – “Impatient with Desire,” Author: Gabrielle Burton, Publisher: Hyperion Books.

• Western Documentary – “Wyatt Earp,” Production Company: American Experience, Executive Producers: Mark Samels, Producer: Rob Rapley.

• Factual Narrative – “100 Years of John Wayne,” Starz Entertainment.

• Fictional Television Drama – “Yella Fella & The Lady from Silver Gulch,” Production Company: Dill Productions, Executive Producer: Jimmy Rane, Producer/Writer: Slats Slaton, Director: Norton Dill, Actors: Jimmy Rane and Dean Smith.

• Television Feature Film – “Temple Grandin,” Production Company: A Ruby Films, Gerson Saines Production in association with HBO Films, Executive Producers: Alison Owen, Paul Lister, Anthony Edwards, Dante Di Lorento, Emily Gerson Saines and Gil Bellows, Producer: Scott Ferguson, Director: Mick Jackson, Actors: Claire Danes, Julia Ormond, Catherine O’Hara and David Strathairn.

• Theatrical Motion Picture – “True Grit,” Production Company: Paramount Pictures, Executive Producers: A.C. Lyles, Steven Spielberg and Paul Schwake, Producers: Ethan and Joel Coen, Scott Ruben, Director/Writers: Ethan and Joel Coen, Actors: Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfield.


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