Ahead of its Feb. 27 season finale, Taylor Sheridan’s streaming series “1883” has earned a prestigious Oklahoma award.
The pilot episode of the “Yellowstone” prequel has rounded up the prize for best fictional television drama at the 61st Western Heritage Awards April 9 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
The Paramount+ streaming series, which stars Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, is among the year’s top releases in Western literature, music, TV and film that will be honored at the Oklahoma City museum’s spring ceremony. Winners will receive the “Wrangler,” a bronze sculpture created by Oklahoma artist and past honoree Harold T. Holden.
Previously announced honorees for the 2022 Western Heritage Awards include Kurt Russell, his late father and fellow actor Neil Oliver “Bing” Russell and the late Burt Reynolds.
“The American West is more than a geographical location, it’s a mindset and an attitude that these creators have preserved and promoted through their work,” said Natalie Shirley, National Cowboy Museum president and CEO, in a statement. “This year’s honorees are making contributions to Western culture and heritage that we’re proud to recognize.”
Oscar front-runner ‘Power of the Dog’ also among winners
Nominated for a leading 12 Oscars ahead of the March 27 Academy Awards, writer-director Jane Campion’s drama “The Power of the Dog” will be lauded as the top theatrical motion picture at the Western Heritage Awards.
Oscar nominated for best director and best adapted screenplay, Campion (“The Piano”) adapted “The Power of the Dog” from Thomas Savage’s 1967 cult novel. Set on a Montana cattle ranch in the 1920s, the drama stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee, who are all contending for acting Academy Awards.
Produced by the Chickasaw Nation, Robyn Elliott and Paul Sirmons, the biopic “Montford: The Chickasaw Rancher” has been named the best television feature film. Directed by Nathan Frankowski and inspired by the life of historic Chickasaw rancher Montford Johnson, the movie was filmed in Oklahoma, with Davis, Reagan and Fort Gibson as key locations.
A Western Heritage Awards favorite, Red Steagall is the winner for best Western lifestyle program for the “Fort Worth Horse and Mule Barns” episode of his series “Red Steagall Is Somewhere West of Wall Street.”
Named best documentary, “Home From School: The Children of Carlisle,” part of the PBS “Independent Lens” series, delves into the history of Native American boarding schools. Directed by Geoff O’Gara, it follows Northern Arapaho tribal members as they travel from Wyoming to Pennsylvania to retrieve the remains of three children who died at Carlisle Indian Industrial School in the 1880s.
Native American author Brandon Hobson to be honored
In the literature categories, Cherokee author Brandon Hobson, an Oklahoma native now based in New Mexico, will be honored for the year’s best Western novel for “The Removed.” Linda Neal Reising, a native of Oklahoma and a member of the Western Cherokee Nation, will receive the poetry book award for “Stone Roses.”
Oklahoma author B. Byron Price will take home the Wrangler for his art/photography book “Edward Borein: Etched by the West,” and Oklahoma State University alumnus Tracey Hanshew will be lauded for her magazine article “Here She Comes, Wearin’ Them Britches!,” published by the Montana Historical Society.
“Paper Trails: The US Post and the Making of the American West,” by Cameron Blevins, has been named the top nonfiction book, while “Cow Boyhood,” by S. J. Dahlstrom, has been awarded the best juvenile novel.
In the music categories, the original Western composition prize will go to “Old Horses and Old Men,” recorded by Jim Jones and composed by Jones, Deanna McCall and Dave McCall.
“Montford: The Chickasaw Rancher Original Motion Picture Soundtrack,” from recording artist Ben McKenzie and composer by Bryan E. Miller, will receive the traditional Western album award.
Upcoming Oklahoma-based Paramount Plus series include Sylvester Stallone, David Oyelowo
In recent years, Sheridan has become a regular honoree at the Western Heritage Awards. His hit series “Yellowstone,” starring Kevin Costner, Kelly Reilly and Luke Grimes, earned Wrangler awards for best fictional TV drama in 2021, 2020 and 2019.
Sheridan’s drama “Wind River,” starring Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen and Graham Greene, wrangled the top Western movie prize at the 2018 Western Heritage Awards.
The Oscar-nominated writer, director and actor is strengthening his Oklahoma ties with two of his slew of new streaming projects recently announced for Paramount+, which includes a second season of “1883.”
Sylvester Stallone will star in Sheridan’s upcoming series “The Tulsa King,” about a New York gangster who relocates to the Sooner State after serving a 25-year prison sentence.
“He has to now start a new life, create a gang — because they want him to be an earner — and that’s where the fun begins,” Stallone said in a promotional video announcing the series, which is expected to debut in fall 2022.
Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell confirmed on Twitter this week that “The Tulsa King” will be filmed throughout the Sooner State, calling it “a big win for Oklahoma’s growing film industry.”
Sheridan also is in development on a new series titled “Bass Reeves,” which will spotlight the hidden historical story of the escaped slave who became a legendary lawman. David Oyelowo (“Selma”) will play the title character, a U.S. marshal who hunted fugitives and outlaws in what was once Indian Territory.
“This is the guy the Lone Ranger was based on, who got whitewashed out of history, and I just can’t wait to get on that horse and tell this story,” Oyelowo said in the Paramount+ video.
With several other anticipated series on his slate, don’t be surprised to see Sheridan among the Western Heritage Award winners in the coming years.
How to get Western Heritage Awards tickets?
Reservations for the Western Heritage Awards will open at 8 a.m. March 1. Entrance to the Western Heritage Cocktail Reception starts at $40 per ticket, while the Western Heritage Awards Dinner starts at $155 per ticket. Contact Hannah Berkley at [email protected] for details.
For more information, go to http://nationalcowboymuseum.org/western-heritage-awards.
This article originally appeared on Oklahoman: ‘Yellowstone’ prequel earns OKC award ahead of ‘1883’ finale episode