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Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross honor Actors, Performers, and National Business Leader at prestigious 2018 Western Heritage Awards®

Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross honor Actors, Performers, and National Business Leader at prestigious 2018 Western Heritage Awards®

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Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross honor Actors, Performers, and National Business Leader at prestigious 2018 Western Heritage Awards®

Philip Anschutz and Barry Corbin among those to be recognized for outstanding contributions to the American West.


OKLAHOMA CITY — The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will host its 58th annual Western Heritage Awards on April 13 – 14, 2018, to celebrate creative works in literature, music, film, and television that reflect the significant stories of the Western genre.

“This exciting evening represents the highest echelon for Western songwriters, authors, entertainers, artists, and promoters,” said Natalie Shirley, Museum President and CEO. “Each honoree demonstrates the Code of the West philosophy of doing hard work to create a sense of community where integrity and courage bring out the best in people. We could not be more thrilled to honor these exceptional individuals.”

Emceed by notable actors and past Hall of Great Western Performers inductees Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross, the ceremony celebrates the induction of Walter Vail (1852 – 1906) and Jim Odle into the respected Hall of Great Westerners and Lynn Anderson (1947 – 2015) and Barry Corbin into the Hall of Great Western Performers. Randy Cate is the Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award recipient, named in honor of the Museum’s founder.

New this year, the Museum will recognize Philip Anschutz, named in Forbes Magazine’s “100 greatest living business minds,” with the first-ever Western Visionary Award, recognizing an individual who has made a significant contribution and national impact in preserving and protecting Western heritage and its ideals.

Each award winner and inductee receives a Wrangler, an impressive bronze sculpture of a cowboy on horseback created by Oklahoma artist Harold T. Holden, a 2017 Hall of Great Westerners inductee.

The star-studded weekend begins with the Western Heritage Awards Workshop at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 13, followed by the Western Heritage Awards Cocktail Reception at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, April 14, the Western Heritage Awards Inductee Panel discussion, which is open to the public with Museum admission, begins at 11:00 a.m., followed by the cocktail hour at 5:00 p.m., and the black-tie dinner and awards ceremony at 6:00 p.m. The events are open to the public by reservation, with discounts available to Museum members.

General admission, black-tie dinner pricing is $185; $155 for Museum members. For more information about the Western Heritage Awards, reservations, and a full list of award winners and inductees, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org/westernheritageawards.

Event sponsors at time of press include Pitchfork Cattle Company, LLC, Wrangler, and Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau. Museum Partners include Devon and the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, and Community Partners include OG&E, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District, Allied Arts, Adventure Road, and American Alliance of Museums.

The full list of 2018 inductees and honorees includes:

Hall of Great Westerners Inductees

  • Jim Odle
  • Walter Vail (1852 – 1906)


Hall of Great Western Performers Inductees

  • Barry Corbin
  • Lynn Anderson (1947 – 2015)


Chester A. Reynolds Award Recipient – Randy Cate


Western Visionary Award Recipient – Philip Anschutz


Film & Television Awards

  • Theatrical Motion Picture – Wind River starring Kelsey Asbille, Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, and Julia Jones, directed and written by Taylor Sheridan, produced by Acacia Filmed Entertainment, Film 44, Savvy Media Holdings
  • Fictional Drama – Homecoming, Godless, S1, E7, starring Jack O’Connell and Michelle Dockery, directed and written by Scott Frank, produced by Netflix
  • Documentary – Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs, directed and written by Justin Koehler, produced by Nowlin Town Productions.
  • Western Lifestyle Program – Today’s Wild West, S.1 E6, directed and written by Mark Bedor, produced by Today’s Wild West
  • Docudrama – Home on the Range, starring Buck Taylor, directed by Ken Spurgeon, produced by Lone Chimney Films
  • Television Feature Film – Unspoken: America’s Native American Boarding Schools, directed and written by John Howe, produced by KUED/PBS


Literary Awards

  • Magazine Article – “All American Indian Days and the Miss Indian America Pageant” Montana: The Magazine of Western History by Gregory Nickerson, published by Montana: The Magazine of Western History
  • Poetry Book – Wooden Lions by Karla Morton, published by Texas Review Press
  • Western Novel – Stranded: A Story of Frontier Survival by Matthew P. Mayo, published by Five Star Publishing
  • Nonfiction Book – Lakota Performers in Europe: Their Culture and the Artifacts They Left Behind by Steve Friesen, published by University Press of Oklahoma Press
  • Art/Photography Book – Once Upon a Time…The Western: A New Frontier in Art and Film, Editors: Thomas Brent Smith and Mary-Dailey Desmarais, published by 5 Continents Editions with Denver Art Museum and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  • Juvenile Book – Lotta Crabtree: Gold Rush Fairy Star by Lois V. Harris, published by Pelican Publishing Co.


Music Awards

  • Original Western Composition – “A Nickel A Head,” recording artists K.R. Wood and Michael Martin Murphey, composed by K.R. Wood.
  • Traditional Western Album – “Take Me Back to Texas,” recording artist Maye Kaye, produced by Don’t Fence Me In Records


About the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum  

Nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is located only six miles northeast of downtown Oklahoma City in the Adventure District at the junction of Interstates 44 and 35, the state’s exciting Adventure Road corridor. The Museum offers annual memberships beginning at just $40. For more information, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org. For high-resolution images related to this event or the National Cowboy Museum, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org/media-pics/.




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