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Western Heritage Awards salute works in literature, music, television and film

About 1,200 people attended the 52nd Western Heritage Awards banquet and reception Saturday at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
By Karen Klinka, For The Oklahoman Modified: April 20, 2013 at 9:55 pm •  Published: April 21, 2013

Images of an American West parched for water and hope during the decadelong Dustbowl in the 1930s. The adventures of a slave-turned-bounty hunter in the Old West.

An Oklahoma-born, full-blooded Cherokee transforming himself into a respected actor known for his fierce portrayals of American Indian warriors on film and television.

These images, personas and more received awards, honor and praise Saturday during the 52nd Western Heritage Awards. About 1,200 people attended banquet and reception at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63.

Established in 1961, the Western Heritage Awards salute works in literature, music, television and film that best portray the history and culture of the American West. This year's Wrangler awards, a bronze sculpture of a cowboy on horseback, were presented for works completed in 2012.

Wranglers were presented to creators of Western-genre works in 15 categories and to inductees into the Hall of Great Westerners and the Hall of Great Western Performers.

The iconic Cherokee actor Wes Studi, along with the late film tough-guy Robert Mitchum and the late actors Duncan Renaldo and Leo Carillo were inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers. Renaldo and Carillo became the nation's first regular Hispanic television stars for their roles in the popular series, “The Cisco Kid,” which originally aired in 1950-56.

Award-winning actor Lou Diamond Phillips and Wyatt McCrea, grandson of the late actor Joel McCrea, served as co-hosts of the black-tie gala.

Other celebrities attending were singer/musicians Lynn Anderson, Michael Martin Murphey and Red Steagall; actors Bruce Boxleitner, Barry Corbin, Robert Fuller, Rex Linn and Patrick Wayne; movie stuntman Dean Smith; cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell; actor and scriptwriter Robert Knott; musician/producer Rich O'Brien, documentary filmmaker and writer Dayton Duncan and Western personality Anita LaCava Swift.

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Other awards

Film, music and literary award winners of the 2013 Western Heritage Awards are:

• Theatrical Motion Picture: “Django Unchained,” produced by Bob and Harvey Weinstein of Super Cool Manchu Too, written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson.

• Television Feature Film: “Shadow on the Mesa,” produced by Larry Levinson and Lincoln Lageson, directed by David S. Cass Sr. and starring Wes Brown, Kevin Sorbo, Barry Corbin, Gail O'Grady, Greg Evigan and Meredith Baxter.

• Documentary: “The Dust Bowl,” directed and produced by Ken Burns, written and produced by Dayton Duncan and broadcast on PBS-TV.

• Fictional Drama: “Longmire,” an A&E television series inspired by the books of writer Craig Johnson; executive produced by Hunt Baldwin, John Coveny, Greer Shephard and Michael Robin; and starring Robert Taylor, Katee Sackoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase, Cassidy Freeman and Adam Bartley.

• Television Film — Docudrama: “Hatfields & McCoys,” produced for the History channel by Thinkfactory Media; executive produced by Leslie Greif, Nancy Dubuc and Dirk Hoogstra; directed by Kevin Reynolds; written by Bill Kerby and Ted Mann; and starring Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton and Tom Berenger.

• Original Western Composition: “Trade Off,” performed by the Gillette Brothers and composed by Waddie Mitchell.

• Traditional Western Album: “The Usual Suspects,” recorded by Bill Barwick and produced by Jim Ratts.

• New Horizons: Given to a recording artist or band in the first five years of their career, Devon Dawson and Jessie Del Robertson of the Miss Devon & the Outlaw band of Ft. Worth, Texas, for their song, “Where in the Dickens RU?,” produced by Rich O'Brien.

• Western Novel: “Unbroke Horses,” by D.B. Jackson of Oakdale, Calif., and published by Goldminds Publishing, Nashville, Tenn.

• Nonfiction Book: “Geronimo,” by Robert M. Utley and published by Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn.

• Art Book: “Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct,” edited by Adam Duncan Harris and published by the University of Oklahoma Press, Norman.

• Photography Book: “National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West,” edited by Rich Clarkson and James C. McNutt and published by National Geographic Books.

• Juvenile Book: “The Quilt Walk,” by Sandra Dallas and published by Sleeping Bear Press of Ann Arbor, Mich.

• Magazine Article: “The Other Trail,” by Jim Logan and published in “Oklahoma Today” magazine, March/April 2012 issue.

• Poetry Book: “Proclaiming Space,” by John Dofflemyer and published by Dry Crik Press, Lemon Cove, Calif.


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