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Watch video of the 2011 Opinion Awards

Peggy Noonan, Tom Toles, and John Sides took home top prizes. Here, a look inside this year's festivities

The Week Opinion Awards, which celebrate the nation's best opinion writing, were held on May 11 at The W Hotel in Washington, D.C. David Gregory hosted the ceremony, where Peggy Noonan was crowned top columnist, Tom Toles top cartoonist, and John Sides top blogger of the year. Gregory also interviewed Austan Goolsbee, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Here, some highlights from the event:

A recap of the event that includes a section of Sir Harold Evans' introductory remarks, and reflections from some prominent attendees.

Noonan, Toles, and Sides reflect on their awards — and their crafts — in their acceptance speeches.

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