OK, we confess: The Envelope didn't win any Webby Awards this year, but, frankly, that's because we didn't enter the race. Like Oprah Winfrey bowing out of the Daytime Emmys and Candice Bergen and Bill Cosby graciously removing themselves from the primetime kudos, we feel, as a pro awards site, it's important for new whippersnappers to claim the limelight. (Hmmm, if anybody's buying this, maybe I should enter the Oscar best actor race?)
Speaking of Oscars, the Webby Awards are considered "the Academy Awards of the Internet" and the winners they announced this week were just as curious as some of those revealed on stage at the Kodak Theater in March.
There was disagreement over the best website about a cultural institution. The official award went to cyberspace's virtual tour of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. However, voters of the People's Voice Award (the equivalent of an Audience Award) preferred a loser in that category: the Library of Congress' site.
If you consider celeb huffing and puffing, gushing, whining and tantrums to provide keen political insights, then both the judges' and people's awards for political blogging were aptly awarded to the HuffingtonPost.com. As for my view of this decision, I will spare you any further tantrum.
Webby judges also came up with the wrong winner of the community award. Sure, it's nice to find people telling their own life stories at BBC/Cumbria/Digital_Lives, but the People's Voice voters came up with a more pragmatic alternative. At TripAdvisor.com, travelers pooh-pooh the hype and baloney served by airlines and hotel chains and they rat on the reality of their experiences. Enormously useful to all of us skeptical journeymen.
In the celebrity/fan category, disciples of Prince won the Webby for their cyber-homage to their music god at NPGmusicclub.com. The People's Voice winner was Harry Potter fan site TheLeakyCauldron (or LeakyNews). A loser of both awards was the site for fans of the Grateful Dead. (Do you think they're truly grateful for being killed off?)
For a complete list of winners and nominees, click here.
The awards will be bestowed on June 12 (that's one day after the Tonys) at Cipriani restaurant on Wall Street in downtown New York City. Emcee is "Daily Show" star Rob Corddry. For more info about the event, click here.
Photo: In my humble opinion, the Webby judges and voters for the People's Voice Award got the film and movies category wrong, hailing the Sundance Film Festival's site over one of the greatest showbiz sites on the web — MetaCritic.com.
(Sundance Film Festival)