For savvy criticism that uses shrewdness, humor and an insider’s view to show how both subtle and seismic shifts in the cultural landscape affect television.
For her criticism of architecture that blends expertise, civic passion and sheer readability into arguments that consistently stimulate and surprise.
For his eloquent and passionate essays on art and the social forces that underlie it, a critic who always strives to make his topics and targets relevant to readers.
For his smart, inventive film criticism, distinguished by pinpoint prose and an easy traverse between the art house and the big-screen box office.
For his vivid and exuberant writing about art, often bringing great works to life with love and appreciation.
For her refreshingly imaginative approach to dance criticism, illuminating a range of issues and topics with provocative comments and original insights.
For his wide ranging reviews of art, from Manhattan to China, marked by acute observation, luminous writing and dramatic storytelling.
For his penetrating and versatile command of the visual arts, from film and photography to painting.
For his zestful, wide ranging restaurant reviews, expressing the delight of an erudite eater.
For her witty, closely observed essays that transform fashion criticism into cultural criticism.
For his reviews that elucidated the strengths and weaknesses of film with rare insight, authority and wit.
For his one-of-a-kind reviews of automobiles, blending technical expertise with offbeat humor and astute cultural observations.
For his authoritative film criticism that is both intellectually rewarding and a pleasure to read.
For his crisp coverage of classical music that captures its essence.
For her insightful observations on contemporary life and literature.
For his fresh and authoritative writing on photography.
For his lucid coverage of city architecture, including an influential series supporting the development of Chicago's lakefront area.
For her passionate, intelligent writing on books and contemporary literature
For his lucid and illuminating music criticism.
For his knowledgeable writing on architecture.
For her book reviews and other cultural criticism.
For his critiques of the way in which the media, including his own paper, reported the McMartin Pre-School child molestation case.
For his writing about books and other literary topics.
For her wide-ranging criticism on the arts and other subjects.
For articles on the theater in 1977 and throughout his long career.
For film criticism that rises from a sweeping breadth of knowledge – social, cultural, cinematic – while always keeping the viewer front and center.
For film criticism that combines the pleasure of intellectual exuberance, the perspective of experience and the transporting power of good writing.
For her trenchant and witty television criticism, engaging readers through essays and reviews that feature a conversational style and the force of fresh ideas.
For her visual arts criticism that, with elegant and vivid description, informs readers about how to look at the complexities of contemporary art and the world in which it’s made.
For her searching television criticism that often becomes a springboard for provocative comments on the culture at large.
For her enlightening movie criticism, vividly written and showing deep understanding of the business and art of filmmaking.
For his ambitious and insightful cultural criticism, taking on topical events from the uprisings in Egypt to the dedication of the Ground Zero memorial, causing readers to reflect on the world around them.
For work that reveals passion as well as deep historical knowledge of dance, her well-expressed arguments coming from the heart as well as the head.
For his delightful, authoritative restaurant reviews, escorting readers through a city’s diverse food culture.
For his well honed architectural criticism, highlighted by ambitious essays on the burst of architectural projects in oil-rich Middle East countries.
For his engaging, authoritative drama reviews that fuse passion and knowledge as he helps readers understand what makes a play or a performance successful.
For his incisive film reviews that, with aplomb, embrace a wide spectrum of movies and often explore their connection to larger issues in society or the arts.
For her fascinating and convincing architectural critiques that boldly confront important topics, from urban planning issues to the newest skyscraper.
For his fresh, accessible and energetic reviews on the New England art scene, creating for readers a sense of discovery even as he provides discerning analysis.
For her perceptive movie reviews and essays, reflecting solid research and an easy, engaging style.
For her forceful critiques that illuminate the vital interplay between architecture and the life of her city.
For his pieces on art that reflect meticulous reporting, aesthetic judgment and authoritative voice
For his passionate music criticism, marked by resonant writing and an ability to give life to the people behind a performance.
For his graceful, contemplative and wide ranging critiques of architecture and urban design from New Orleans to Berlin.
For his fresh, down-to-earth pieces on the visual arts and other cultural topics.
For boldly exploring the influence of popular culture on American politics and society.
For bringing new vitality to the classic essay across a formidable array of topics.
For his versatile architectural criticism that stretched from his hometown's new Disney Hall to the rubble in Baghdad, where he pondered the ancient city's resurrection.
For her passionate and insightful architectural criticism that, through clear, elegant writing, was as accessible to the ordinary reader as it was to the expert.
For his perceptive, passionate criticism of architecture and urban design and their impact on life in his city.
For his commanding reviews and essays on architectural development and preservation in an ever-evolving city.
For his forcefully-expressed and engaging essays illustrating the role that architecture and urban design plays in the life of his city.
For his witty and commanding criticism of contemporary films.
For his fresh and engaging views on contemporary art.
For his gracefully-written observations on art and artists.
For her compelling observations on books and popular culture.
For his fresh and vivid writing on classical music and its makers.
For her tough-minded, critical columns on television and its place in politics and culture.
For his versatile and perceptive writing about film.
For his criticism of architecture in America, written with devotion to the art, penetrating analysis and literate style.
For her analytical columns about the forces at work behind advertising and consumerism, particularly on television.
For her insightful reviews and comments on books and the literary scene.
For her essay on race and the messages of black nationalism.
For her critical columns on advertising and the media.
For perceptive articles critiquing various forms of advertising.
For his critical coverage of the 1989 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.