Entries are now being accepted for the next batch of Webby Awards, which are to be bestowed in June 2011. Last year, there were 10,000 submissions, so competition is fierce. There are so many categories that Webby chiefs ask winners to keep acceptance speeches to five words or less. Below is a video they prepared to contrast such refreshingly abbreviated thanks by Amy Poehler, Zach Galifianakis and Buzz Aldrin at the last awards show with the long-winded blah-blah-blah of "Spin City" star Barry Bostwick at the 1989 Golden Globes.
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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
When the Webby Award nominations were unveiled this week, they included new "People's Voice" awards to be decided by regular Internet posters. That empowers you, for example, to help pick the best celebrity or fan site: Jim Carrey's domain or U2's? Other races are decided by judges who include Martha Stewart and David Bowie. Winners will be announced on June 14.
There are lots of curious matchups across all races. Nominees for best social networking include Digg and Twitter, but not Facebook. In the movie category, the site of a single film, "District 9," battles against one for an entire TV film channel (IFC). In the events category, the Tribeca Film Festival comes out swinging against the World Series.
The clash over best viral video spans lots of fun entries, pitting "David After Dentist" against "Lindsay Lohan's eHarmony Profile" and — my favorite — "Auto-Tune the News" (video below).
FunnyOrDie.com's "Prop 8: The Musical" starring Jack Black and Neil Patrick Harris as well as the Sundance Channel's "Green Porno" starring Isabella Rossellini are among the notable recipients of Webby Awards, which were announced today.
Oh, yeah, and Paris Hilton was among the losers. Her video reply to John McCain's campaign ad claimed neither a jury nor people's voice prize.
What's notable about the current crop of Webby Awards winners is the overlap — and disagreement — between those sets of awards. For example, both sets of kudos agreed that 1000 Awesome Things was the best culture/personal blog. However, in terms of humor websites, the jurors preferred TheOnion.com while regular Web users voted for FailBlog.
Check out the full list of recipients here. Winners will receive their honors at a ceremony held on June 8 in New York City, hosted by "Saturday Night Live" star Seth Myers.
After she was cheated out of an Oscar nomination in 2006 for "House of Wax," can 2009 finally be Paris Hilton's big year for showbiz awards? She swept the Razzies in February (three victories!) and now she's among the nominees at the Webby Awards for her most popular Internet video ever — well, at least one in which she's wearing clothes. Her FunnyOrDie.com retort to John McCain's campaign ad is up for best comedy: individual short or episode at the Webby Awards, which will be bestowed on June 8 at a ceremony in New York hosted by Seth Myers ("Saturday Night Live").
Other notable nominees in that same category include "Prop 8: The Musical" (video below) featuring Jack Black and Neil Patrick Harris in a satiric blast at California's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, and "Children's Hospital," starring Megan Mullaly and Michael Cera in one of a series of webisodes spoofing TV medical dramas.
Steve Johnson of the Chicago Tribune dishes the "none-too-surprising backlash against the Webby Awards this year."
He quotes Gawker's claims that "there's nothing 'top'" about the award that "likes to be known as the Oscars of the Internet," adding, "It is a club little more exclusive than the Internet itself."
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Sen. Barack Obama may not have won the Democratic nomination for the presidency yet, but his bid for higher office has netted one of his most vocal supporters, will.i.am, a Webby Award as artist of the year. The Black Eyed Peas singer created the "Yes We Can" video that went viral as soon as it hit the Web in February, generating more than 17 million hits.
Among the other winners of the 12th annual Webby Awards are laffmeister Stephen Colbert, honored as person of the year, and director Michel Gondry ("Be Kind Rewind") who is being feted as film and video person of the year.
The awards celebrate both the choices of the 550 member judging academy as well as the public. While the two groups often agreed, they did differ on viral video, with the people going for "Chocolate Rain" while the panel picked "Here Comes Another Bubble."
Losers at the recent YouTube Awards, like "I've Got a Crush on Obama," will get a chance to vanguish the winners, like "Chocolate Rain," at the Webby Awards, which announced its nominees. See The Envelope's quick list of highlights in top categories HERE. View the actual contenders HERE. Cast your vote HERE. Winners will be announced on May 6 and honored at a ceremony in New York on June 9.
Just like the Internet they honor, the Webby Awards have grown so big that the fun now needs to be spread out over two nights. On June 4, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences fetes the best in film and video on the web while on June 5 it honors highlights of other web content. The introduction of a full night of film and video awards is in stark contrast to the situation over at the Emmys where the daytime and primetime branches have yet to reach an agreement over how to hail the best of broadband programming. (CLICK HERE for an overview of that issue.)
Winners of film Webbys include the specially created webisodes of TV's "The Office" and Jessica Lee Rose, recently revealed as the actress who starred in the fictional video blog "lonelygirl15." Other notables include lifetime achievement honorees David Bowie and Meg Whitman of Ebay and, as persons of the year, YouTube founders Steve Chen and Chad Hurley. Both awardsfests will be hosted in Gotham by Robb Corddry of "The Daily Show."
For the full list of winners CLICK HERE
Photo: The two-minute webisodes of Emmy Award-winning comedy series "The Office" won the Webby for comedy short. (NBC)
Watch out, Oscars and Emmys! Most curious among the nominees just announced by the Webby Awards are new categories for online film and video to add to its three previous groupings of honorees: websites, mobile and interactive advertising.
The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences selected nominees in more than 100 categories from 8,000 entries submitted from a record 60 nations. To see the full list — CLICK HERE!
The BBC reaped the most bids (five), followed by four for National Public Radio, NYTimes.com and Salon.com. TheOnion.com scored lots of bids, too — even in the sports category! Curious snubs: voters prefer FaceBook to MySpace.
This is a scream: apparently, a blog named we-make-money-not-art wants to be considered for its artistic merit since it entered the race for best blog culture/personal.
The Webby Film & Video Awards will be bestowed separately in New York on June 4. One day later will be the gala for the 11th Annual Webby Awards hailing other categories.
Web users may vote on the Webby People's Voice Awards today through April 27. CLICK HERE!
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)