Scorsese film is among 29 finalists for 2024 Silver Gavel Awards


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Scorsese film is among 29 finalists for 2024 Silver Gavel Awards

Killers of the Flower Moon

Tatanka Means, from left, Lily Gladstone and Jillian Dion pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film “Killers of the Flower Moon” at the 76th annual Cannes Film Festival in southern France on May 20, 2023. (Photo by Scott Garfitt/Invision/AP)

An Academy Awards-nominated film directed by Martin Scorsese is among the nominees for the ABA’s 2024 Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts.

The ABA has named 29 finalists among 176 entries in the contest, which recognizes outstanding work that fosters the American public’s understanding of law and the legal system, according to a March 20 ABA press release.

The Academy Awards-nominated film is Killers of the Flower Moon, which was shut out at the Academy Awards, despite its nomination in 10 categories, according to Forbes. The movie is about the murders of Native Americans after oil is discovered on their reservation.

The film is one of two nominees in the Drama & Literature category, one of nine categories in the contest. The most crowded category is the Books category, with seven finalists.

The winners will be announced May 22. ABA President Mary Smith will present the awards Aug. 3 at the 2024 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

“We received outstanding submissions this year and are grateful to the Gavel Awards Screening Committee for their dedicated review and difficult decisions they had to make,” said Lisa Bail, chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Gavel Awards, in the press release. “We are pleased to announce our finalists and extend our congratulations to the exceptional individuals and groups who produced this work.”

The screening committee was made up of 50 professionals with legal and media expertise.

Here are the nominees:


  • Free to Judge: The Power of Campaign Money in Judicial Elections, by Michael S. Kang; Stanford University Press

  • Liar in a Crowded Theater: Freedom of Speech in a World of Misinformation, by Jeff Kosseff; Johns Hopkins University Press

  • Shielded: How The Police Became Untouchable, by Joanna Schwartz; Viking Penguin

  • State of Silence: The Espionage Act and the Rise of America’s Secrecy Regime, by Sam Lebovic; Basic Books

  • The Court at War: FDR, His Justices, and the World They Made, by Cliff Sloan; Hachette Book Group, Public Affairs

  • The Shadow Docket: How the Supreme Court Uses Stealth Rulings to Amass Power and Undermine the Republic, by Stephen J. Vladeck; Basic Books

  • You Might Go to Prison Even Though You’re Innocent, by Justin Brooks; University of California Press


  • “Alabama’s Desperate Bid for a Milligan Do-over”:; Kyle Whitmore, columnist


  • Bad Press: OklaFilm LLC; Joe Peeler and Rebecca Landsberry-Baker, directors; Conrad Beilharz and Garrett F. Baker, producers; Tyler Graim, producer/cinematographer; Jean Rheem, editor

  • No Accident: Catalyst Films, HBO Documentary Films, McGee Media; Tina Nguyen and Nancy Abraham, HBO Documentary Films, executive producers; Kristi Jacobson, Catalyst Films, director; Michelle Carney and Ali Moss, Catalyst Films, producers; Chris Herde, editor; Nausheen Dadabhoy, director of photography; Angelica Négrón, original music

  • Pardon Me: Do Moore Films; Shuja Moore, producer/director; Sean Grasso, director of photography; Hunter Bartlett, cinematographer/editor


  • Killers of the Flower Moon: Apple Original Films; Martin Scorsese, director; Eric Roth and Martin Scorsese, screenplay writers; Leonardo DeCaprio, Rick Yorn, Adam Somner, Marianne Bower, Lisa Frechette, John Atwood, Shea Kammer, Niels Juul, executive producers; Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas, Martin Scorsese, Daniel Lupi, producers; Justine Conte, co-producer; Chad Renfro, consulting producer; Rodrigo Prieto ASC, AMC, director of photography; Jack Fisk, production designer; Thelma Schoonmaker ACE, editor

  • Trial in the Delta: The Murder of Emmett Till: Collaboraction Theatre Company; Anthony Moseley, artistic director, co-creator, co-director; G. Riley Mills and Willie Round, co-creators, co-adapters; Dana N. Anderson, co-director; Carla Stillwell, producer


  • “Incident to Service”: Vanity Fair; Maximillian Potter, contributing editor

  • “What Makes a Murderer?”: The New Yorker/Yale Investigative Reporting Lab; Sarah Stillman, writer


  • “State Court Report”: The Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law; Alicia Bannon, editor-in-chief, founding editor; Douglas Keith, founding editor; Kathrina Szymborski Wolfkot, managing editor; Pinky Weitzman, vice president, communications; Alden Wallace, director, creative and design; Lisa Vosper, director, multimedia; Jessica Eckert, graphic designer; Brian Palmer, director, editorial; Evan Stepper, director, digital; Nancy Watzman and Kris Fischer, consultants

  • “Your Democracy”: WHYY and the Law and Policy Group Inc.; Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, writer/host; Sarah Moses, television and video producer


  • “Georgia Leading Nation in New Juvenile Lifers”: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Allie Gross, investigative reporter/writer; Brad Schrade, investigative editor; Shawn McIntosh, editor; Miguel Martinez, photographer; Pete Corson, layout design

  • “In the Name of Protection: The Dark Side of Guardianship”: Bloomberg Industry Group; Ronnie Greene and Holly Barker, reporters; Gary Harki and Bernie Kohn, editors

  • “Stalled Justice: Delays in the Cook County Courts”: The Chicago Tribune; Joe Mahr and Megan Crepeau, reporters; Kaarin Tisue and Jeff Coen, editors; Brian Cassella, photographer

  • “The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Trial”: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Teresa Lundeman, managing editor, news and features; Megan Guza, public safety reporter


  • “Breakdown Podcast: The Trump Indictment”: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Tamar Hallerman, senior reporter; Bill Rankin, legal affairs reporter; Jay Black, executive producer; Shane Backler, senior producer; Shannon McCaffrey, senior editor; Pete Corson, audience specialist

  • “The Nocturnists: Post-Roe America Podcast”: The Nocturnists; Ali Block, host/creator; Emily Silverman, MD, co-creator; Molly-Rose Williams, lead producer/editor; Sam Osborn, producer/editor/audio engineer; Jessica Yung, producer/editor; Jon Oliver, audio engineer; Carly Besser, assistant producer; Rebecca Groves, chief operating officer;
Nicole Xu, series illustrator; Anjali Walia, Dahlia Kaki, Fiona Miller, Mulki Mehari and Treya Tompkins, student producers

  • “UnCommon Law’s 5-Part Podcast Series on the FTC’s Proposed Noncompete Ban”: Bloomberg Industry Group; Matthew S. Schwartz, host/producer/sound design; Josh Block, editor/executive producer

  • “We Don’t Talk About Leonard”: WYNC Radio; Andrea Bernstein, Ilya Marritz and Andy Kroll, reporters/hosts; Katya Rogers, editor/executive producer; Molly Rosen, producer; Jesse Eisinger, editor; Shaan Merchant, assistant producer; Jennifer Munson, technical director; Jaren Paul, music/scoring


  • “Teens’ Landmark Climate Victory”: ABC News; Devin Dwyer, correspondent; Sarah Herndon, producer; Paul Strzegowski, editor; Josh Burleson, photographer; Brad Dunn, audio technician

  • “Warehoused: The Life and Death of Tristin Murphy”: CBS News Miami; Jim DeFede, writer/reporter/producer; Alexander Bombard, editor; Leon Gonzalez, Adam Spunt and Joaquin Garcia, photographers; Angela Travieso and Judy Flook, design and graphics; Monica Kirklan and Tracy Letize, marketing and programming; Kari Patey, news director; Kim Voet, president/general manager; Lily Roos, Mark Memmott, Jack Renaud and Thomas Burke, legal and standards

  • “OutLaw: A Half-Century Criminalizing LGBTQ+ Texans”: KXAN; Will DuPree, KXAN live anchor/reporter; David Barer, senior investigative producer; Arezow Doost, investigative reporter; Eric Henrikson, creative producer/senior reporter; Daniel Marin, anchor/reporter; Christopher Adams, data reporter; Cora Neas, Sam Stark and Kelsey Thompson, digital reporters; Josh Hinkle, director of investigations and innovation; Eric Lefenfeld, lead editor; Todd Bynum, chief photojournalist; Chris Nelson and Richie Bowes, investigative photojournalist; Ed Zavala and Frank Martinez, photojournalist

  • “Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Trial”: WTAE-TV; Bob Mayo, Sheldon Ingram, Mike Valente, Kalea Gunderson, reporters; Paul Van Osdol, investigative reporter; Chandi Chapman and Tom Garris, anchors/reporters; Kristen Powers, anchor; Jim Parsons, news director; Mike Solakian, assistant director; Lia Launtz, Ahmanda Jackson and Nicolas Matoney, executive producers


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