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STEPHEN COLBERT, will.i.am, DAVID BYRNE
PROVE LESS IS MORE WITH FIVE-WORD SPEECHES
AT THE 12TH ANNUAL WEBBY AWARDS
New York, NY (June 11, 2008) — From comedian Stephen Colbert to will.i.am to David Byrne, winners at Tuesday night's 12th Annual Webby Awards proved once again that less is more with a speedy procession of the awards' trademark five-word speeches.Unlike most awards ceremonies, The Webby Awards limit speeches to just five words.
"Me me me me me," said Colbert.
Colbert was honored for the innovative way he has used the Internet to interact with fans of The Colbert Report — from Google-bombing to make him the top search result for "greatest living American" to challenging the "truthiness" of Wikipedia to the "One Million Strong for Stephen T. Colbert" Facebook group.
Other speech highlights included:
"Hey Mister DJ, play another song."
- David Byrne (Webby Lifetime Achievement Award)
"Now we know we can."
- will.i.am (Webby Artist of the Year)
"President Obama ... Sounds good, right?"
- Arianna Huffington, HuffingtonPost.com (Best Blog - Political)
"No, Obama's not a Muslim."
- Factcheck.org (Politics)
"Angelina Jolie can't do everything."
- Invisible Children - Displace Me (Activism)
"We haz too webbyz? Kthxbai!!1!"
- I Can Has Cheezburger? (Humor)
"No sh*t! We beat Facebook!"
- Flock.com (Social Networking)
"Had we lost, we'd sue."
- ABA Journal (Law)
"Not bad for an atheist."
- Speaking of Faith (Religion & Spirituality)
"Sponge Bob is our sugar daddy."
- Nick.com (Youth)
A list of all speeches can be found at: http://www.webbyawards.com/press/speeches.php.
(To see a list of 5-word speeches from the Webby Film and Video Awards on June 9th, visit http://www.webbyawards.com/press/press-release.php?id=135)Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-person judging academy whose members include Vinton Cerf, R/GA's Chief Bob Greenberg, "Simpson's" creator Matt Groening, Arianna Huffington, and Harvey Weinstein.
More than 700 winners, industry leaders, and celebrities attended the gala event, which was hosted by comedian Seth Meyers (Saturday Night Live).
About The Webby Awards:
Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile web sites. Established in 1996, the 12th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Adobe; The Creative Group; Nokia; .ORG; Level 3; Getty Images; The Barbarian Group; Digital Kitchen; Adweek; Variety; Wired; IDG; Pequot Ventures; Brightcove; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced.Net; KobeMail and Museum of the Moving Image. ###