The 50th annual Western Heritage Awards will be handed out tonight at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Winners include Joel and Ethan Coen’s Oscar-nominated re-adaptation of “True Grit,” the Golden Globe-winning miniseries “Temple Grandin,” the Donner party tale “Impatient with Desire” by Gabrielle Burton and more. To read the full winners list, click here.
Established in 1961, the Western Heritage Awards honor works in literature, music, television and film that best portray the history and culture of the American West. Wrangler Awards, a bronze sculpture of a cowboy on horseback, will be presented for works completed in 2010.
This year, Wranglers will be presented to creators of Western-genre works in 13 categories and to inductees into the Hall of Great Westerners and the Hall of Great Western Performers.
Tonight’s black-tie awards banquet is sold out, reports The Oklahoman correspondent Karen Klinka. However, in honor of the awards’ golden anniversary, the museum is offering tickets to a live screening party. The tickets will include admission to today’s 5 p.m. reception, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a streaming of the awards ceremony show, beginning at 6 p.m., in a specially equipped room at the museum.
This year’s celebrity presenters will include actors Ernest Borgnine, Barry Corbin, Robert Fuller, Buck
Taylor and Patrick Wayne; movie stuntman Dean Smith; movie producer, actor and scriptwriter Robert Knott; singer/musicians Lynn Anderson, Don Edwards, Michael Martin Murphey and Red Steagall; cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell; and Western personalities Anita La Cava Swift and Wyatt McCrea.
Television and film actors Ed Harris and Rex Linn, who both have Oklahoma ties, will emcee the awards.
Karen also had the chance to talk to Borgnine, 94, about his six-decade career as an actor, which includes a 1955 Oscar for his lead turn in “Marty.” In the interview, Borgnine talked about his part in last year’s hit comedy “RED” and his upcoming film ““Night Club,” starring fellow nonagenarian Mickey Rooney. To read Karen’s story, click here.