Webby Award is an award for excellence on the
annually by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a
judging body composed of over two thousands industry experts and
technology innovators. Categories include websites; advertising and
media; online film and video; mobile sites and apps; and social.
Two winners are selected in each category, one by members of The
International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and one by the
public who cast their votes during Webby People’s Voice voting.
Each winner presents a five-word acceptance speech, a trademark of the
annual awards show.
Hailed as the "Internet’s highest honor," the award is one of the
older Internet-oriented awards, and is associated with the phrase "The
Oscars of the Internet."
2 Nomination process
3 Awards granted
6 See also
8 Further reading
9 External links
2008 Webby Awards, Chocolate Rain.
The Webby Awards began in 1996, sponsored by the Academy of Web Design
and Cool Site of the Day. The first Webby Awards were produced by Kay
Dangaard at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel as a nod to the first site
of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars). That
first year, they were called "Webbie" Awards. The first "Site of the
Year" winner was the pioneer webisodic serial The Spot.
Today's Webby Awards were founded by
Tiffany Shlain when she was hired
by The Web Magazine to re-establish them. The event was held in San
Francisco from 1996 to 2004 and quickly became known for their "5 word
Acceptance Speeches". After the first year the awards became more
successful than the magazine and IDG closed the publication. Shlain
continued to run The Webby Awards with the help of Maya Draisin until
The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, which selects
the winners of The Webby Awards, was established in 1998 by
co-founders Tiffany Shlain, Spencer Ante and Maya Draisin. Members
of the Academy include Kevin Spacey, Grimes, Questlove, Internet
inventor Vint Cerf, Instagram’s Head of Fashion Partnerships Eva
Chen, comedian Jimmy Kimmel,
Twitter Founder Biz Stone, Vice Media
Co-Founder and CEO Shane Smith, Tumblr’s David Karp, Director of
Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for
Internet & Society Susan P.
Crawford, Refinery29’s Executive Creative Director Piera Gelardi,
and CEO and cofounder of
Gimlet Media Alex Blumberg.
The Webby Awards is owned and operated by the Webby Media Group, a
division of Recognition Media, which also owns and produces the Lovie
Awards in Europe and Netted by the Webbys, a daily email publication
launched in 2009. David-Michel Davies, CEO of Webby Media Group,
current Executive Director of the Webby Awards and co-founder of
Internet Week New York, was named Executive Director of the Webby
Awards in 2005.
In 2009, the 13th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries
from all 50 states and over 60 countries. That same year, more
than 500,000 votes were cast in The Webby People's Voice Awards.
In 2012, the 16th Annual Webby awards received 1.5 million votes from
more than 200 countries for the People's Voice awards. In 2015,
the 19th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 13,000 entries from all
50 U.S. states and over 60 countries worldwide.
During the Call for Entries phase, each entry is rated by Associate
Members of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences.
Entries that receive the highest marks during this first round of
voting are included on category-specific shortlists and further
evaluated by Executive Members of the Academy.
Executive Academy Members with category-specific expertise evaluate
the shortlisted entries based on the appropriate Website, Advertising
& Media, Online Film & Video, Mobile Sites & Apps, and
Social category criteria, and cast ballots to determine Webby
Honorees, Nominees and Webby Winners.
Deloitte provides vote
tabulation consulting for the Webby Awards.
In addition to the award given in each category by the International
Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, another winner is selected in
each category as determined by the general public during People’s
Voice voting. Winners of both the Academy-selected and People’s
Voice-selected awards are invited to the Webbys.
See also: List of
Webby Award winners
The Webby Awards are presented in over a hundred categories among all
four types of entries. A website can be entered in multiple categories
and receive multiple awards.
In each category, two awards are handed out: a
Webby Award selected by
The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and a People's
Voice Award selected by the general public.
Past winners include Amazon.com, eBay, Travel + Leisure, Simply Hired,
Kayak.com, Yahoo!, iTunes, Google, FedEx, BBC News, CNN, MSNBC, The
New York Times, Annie Lennox, NPR, Salon Magazine, Facebook, Meetup,
Wikipedia, Deleted - The Game, Flickr, ESPN, Comedy Central, PBS, The
Office webisodes, SwiftKey, My Damn Channel, NASA, George Takei,
Airbnb, The Onion, Kickstarter, Mashable, Zach Galifianakis, Justin
Bieber, Rhett and Link, and Humans of New York.
Each year, the
International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences also
honors individuals with Webby
Special Achievement Awards. Past Webby
Special Achievement winners include Al Gore, Prince, David Bowie, Meg
Whitman, Tim & Eric, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Lorne Michaels, Craig
Newmark, Thomas Friedman, Stephen Colbert, Michel Gondry, the Beastie
Boys, Kevin Spacey, Banksy, Lawrence Lessig, Van Jones, Gillian
Anderson, Tituss Burgess,
Ellie Kemper and Jerry Seinfeld.
Since 2005, The Webby Awards has been presented in New York City.
Rob Corddry hosted the ceremony from 2005 to 2007. Seth
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live hosted in 2008 and 2009, B.J. Novak of
NBC's The Office in 2010, and Lisa Kudrow in 2011.
Comedian, actor, and writer
Patton Oswalt hosted from 2012 to
Hannibal Buress will host the 19th Annual Webby
The Webbys are famous for limiting recipients to five-word speeches,
which are often humorous, although some exceed the limit. In 2005 when
accepting his Lifetime Achievement Award, former Vice President Al
Gore's speech was "Please don't recount this vote." He was introduced
Vint Cerf who used the same format to state, "We all invented the
Internet." In 2008,
Stephen Colbert shouted “Me. Me. Me. Me.
Me” when accepting his award for Webby Person of the Year.
Accepting the award for Best Political Blog in 2008, Arianna
Huffington’s speech was “President Obama ... Sounds good,
Other popular speeches include "Can anyone fix my computer?" (the
Beastie Boys); "Everything you think is true" (Prince); "Thank God
Conan got promoted" (Jimmy Fallon), "Free, open... Keep one
Web" (Sir Tim Berners Lee), “Holy - Fucking - Shit, Buzz
Aldrin" (Jake Hurwitz), and "Holocaust. Did it happen? Yes."
In 2013, the creator of the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF), Steve
Wilhite, accepted his Webby and delivered his now famous five-word
speech, "It’s pronounced 'Jif' not 'Gif'."
The Webbys have been criticized for their pay-to-enter and
pay-to-attend policy (winners and nominees also have to pay to attend
the award ceremony), and thus for not taking most websites into
consideration before distributing their awards. Gawker,
Valleywag column, and others, have called the awards a scam, with
Valleywag saying, "...somewhere along the way, the organizers figured
out that this goofy charade could be milked for profit."
In response, Webby Awards executive director David-Michel Davies told
Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal that entry fees “provide the best and most
sustainable model for ensuring that our judging process remains
consistent and rigorous and is not dependent on things like
sponsorships that can fluctuate from year to year.”
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