The prestigious Pulitzer Prize turns 100-years-old on April 18, and what better way to celebrate than giving ‘Hamilton’ the prize for Drama? Will the Broadway smash take home the gold? Click to watch the Pulitzer Prize ceremony’s live stream!
There’s really only one sure-fire prediction to make ahead of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize award announcement: Hamilton will likely win the award for Drama. Yet, the 20 other awards are up for grabs! Who will take home one of the highest honors in all the land?
The grand announcement will take place at 3 P.M. EST in the World Room of Pulitzer Hall at Columbia University in New York City, New York, according to Pulitzer.org. Mike Pride, 68, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, will have the honor of making the 100th announcement, rewarding the finest examples of journalism and art.
In order to win a Pulitzer, someone must submit an entry (plus a $50 entry fee) to the organization. Entries must fit in at least one of the specific prize categories: Public Service, Breaking News Reporting, Investigative Reporting, Explanatory Reporting, Local Reporting, National Reporting, International Reporting, Feature Writing, Commentary, Criticism, Editorial Writing, Editorial Cartooning, Breaking News Photography and Feature Photography. The Pulitzer is quite literally the gold standard of journalist and there were 1,1112 entries submitted this year, per Poynter.
There are six categories for the arts – Fiction, Drama, History, Biography or Autobiography, Poetry and General Non-Fiction – and one for Music. Only four musicals have won the Pulitzer for drama in the past (A Chorus Line, Sundays in the Park with George, Rent and Next to Normal) according to Broadway World. However, with Lin-Manuel Miranda, 36, and Hamilton taking over the world, the musical’s viewed as the likely winner.
However, Pulitzer judges have shunned the mainstream and focused on the small-scale productions over the past few years, according to Playbill.com. Maybe the judges couldn’t get tickets to Hamilton and they’ll give the award to a play they were actually able to see?
The 2015 Pulitzer Prize rewarded The Post And Courier for their report on how South Carolina is one the deadliest states for women, per Pulitzer.org. Anthony Doerr’s book, All The Light We Cannot See won for Fiction and Stephen Adly Guirgis’s play, Between Riverside and Crazy, won for Drama.
Who do you think will win this year, HollywoodLifers?