Roger Ebert, Amy Poehler among Webby Awards winners
The 14th annual Webby Awards were handed out Monday night in New York to a slew of websites and their creators. "The Office" star B.J. Novak emceed the evening notable for limiting winners to just five words of thanks. However, person of the year champ Roger Ebert needed just three -- "Veni, vidi, vici" -- to express his appreciation of the honor. Last year's winner of this prestigious prize, Jimmy Fallon, made the heartfelt presentation (as seen below) to the film critic who has been left without his voice due to illness.
On a lighter note, the five topical words from Isabella Rossellini -- winner of the individual performance prize for the second year in a row for her IFC webcast "Green Porno" -- were, "I say, plug the hole." And actress of the year Amy Poehler -- who won for her uplifting online series "Smart Girls at the Party" -- promised, "Me, you, P.S. 22, dance party."
The Webbys were founded in the infancy of the Internet by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Today, the academy includes an executive membership of 750 leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities, as well as associate members who are Webby winners and nominees.
While a jury, including David Bowie and Martha Stewart, decided on the nominees and winners, each of the categories was also put to a popular vote. Jim Carrey won over both the jury and the public with his official website. Other joint winners included websites promoting "District 9" and "The Colbert Report" as well as both the humor site The Onion and the social networking site Twitter.
For the complete list of winners, visit the official website.
Photo: Webby Awards logo. Credit: IADAS