PDI man in H’wood bags journ prize for Angelina Jolie story

/ 12:40 AM December 16, 2018

Ruben V. Nepales—LA PRESS CLUB

Inquirer Entertainment’s Los Angeles-based columnist, Ruben V. Nepales, won a journalism prize anew in the United States.

This time, he bagged second place in the Los Angeles Press Club’s 11th National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, held at LA’s Biltmore Hotel early this month.


His story, “Angelina Jolie talks about her ‘very difficult’ year,” an interview centering on the actress’ filmmaking work and solo parenting after separating from husband Brad Pitt, won second in the celebrity news-print category.

The article was published by the Inquirer on Sept. 7, 2017. It also earned the entertainment writer the top prize at the 60th Southern California Journalism Awards last June, in the entertainment news or feature category (for newspapers with a circulation of over 50,000).


“It’s the piece that keeps giving,” Nepales told the Inquirer. “All thanks to Angelina Jolie for being a woman of substance so her answers, comments and achievements on the screen and off, especially her philanthropy, make articles about her innately interesting.”

He added of the Oscar and Golden Globe winner, “Jolie has never fit Hollywood’s cookie-cutter mold of actresses. She always comes off as unpredictable, brave and cause-oriented, so every time I write about her, I am inspired to also turn in engaging pieces, I hope.”

His column, Only in Hollywood, appears thrice a week in the print and online editions of the Inquirer.—OLIVER PULUMBARIT

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