Awards & Winners

Pauline Kael

Date of Birth 19-June-1919
Place of Birth Petaluma
(Sonoma County, California, San Francisco Bay Area, United States of America)
Nationality United States of America
Also know as The Bird Woman of Petaluma
Profession Writer, Film critic
Pauline Kael was an American film critic who wrote for The New Yorker magazine from 1968 to 1991. Earlier in her career, her work appeared in City Lights, McCall's and The New Republic. Kael was known for her "witty, biting, highly opinionated, and sharply focused" reviews, her opinions often contrary to those of her contemporaries. She is often regarded as the most influential American film critic of her day. She left a lasting impression on many major critics, including Armond White, whose reviews are similarly non-conformist, and Roger Ebert, who has said that Kael "had a more positive influence on the climate for film in America than any other single person over the last three decades." Owen Gleiberman said she "was more than a great critic. She re-invented the form, and pioneered an entire aesthetic of writing. She was like the Elvis or the Beatles of film criticism."

Awards by Pauline Kael

Check all the awards nominated and won by Pauline Kael.


National Book Award for Arts and Letters (Nonfiction)
Honored for : Deeper into Movies

Nominations 1974 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
National Book Award for Arts and Letters (Nonfiction) Deeper into Movies


Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
(Film, Video, & Radio Studies)