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SWEEPS AND SURPRISES HIGHLIGHT 1999 WEBBY AWARDS AS WINNERS CELEBRATE IN SAN FRANCISCO

More than 3,000 Digerati Attend Glittering The Webby Awards

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San Francisco (March 19, 1999) - More than 3,000 online luminaries turned out to honor their own at last night's third annual Webby Awards, where 22 spiraled silver statuettes were handed out to the masterminds behind 1998's best Web sites in categories ranging from Arts to Weird.

An awards sweep and a few surprises highlighted the ceremony as winners were called onstage for the Webby Awards' now-famous five-word acceptance speech.

Among the honorees: Web powerhouse Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com, which swept the awards with wins in both Commerce and Technological Achievement. Its London-based affiliate, Internet Movie Database http://www.imdb.com, nabbed Best Film Site for the third year in a row, a feat matched only by three-time Best Print & Zines Site winner Salon Magazine http://www.salonmagazine.com.

Internet Movie Database also took honors in the People's Voice Awards, chosen by more than 100,000 individual Internet users who registered to vote at The Webby Awards site. Several other sites earned dual accolades, including The Motley Fool http://www.fool.com (Best Finance Site), The Onion http://www.theonion.com (Best Humor Site), CNN Interactive http://www.cnn.com (Best News Site), and PBS Online http://www.pbs.org (Best TV Site).

Repeat winners from last year included BabyCenter http://www.babycenter.com (Best Living Site), Exploratorium http://www.exploratorium.edu (Best Science Site), and PBS Online http://www.pbs.org (Best TV Site). Superbad.com http://www.superbad.com won Best Weird Site, a perennial favorite category of the crowd.

This year's select panel of 220 judges included musician and Internet innovator David Bowie, film director Francis Ford Coppola, "X-Files" star Gillian Anderson, Dilbert creator Scott Adams, Talk Media chairwoman Tina Brown, Inside Edition's Deborah Norville, and political doyenne Arianna Huffington. For the first time this year, PriceWaterhouseCoopers audited the Webby Awards balloting process.

"This was the year the Internet became an everyday phenomenon, and the range of winners this year reflects that," said Tiffany Shlain, Producer and Creative Director of The Webby Awards. "Looking down the list, you realize the Web is now part of the fabric of our culture, our commerce, even our relationships with each other. And we're incredibly proud to honor the people who have helped make it such a wonderful place to live."

In keeping with this year's dress theme, the top movers and shakers in cyber-culture, entertainment, media, and politics showed up at San Francisco's Herbst Theater in their "spiffiest" attire. The ceremony was presided over by Marc Maron, "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" regular and the star of several Comedy Central and HBO comedy specials, who entertained the audience with his "twisted" sense of humor.

The Webby Awards were viewed online around the globe via a live Webcast. After the gala event, winners, nominees, judges, guests, and friends rubbed elbows at the post-ceremony bash in San Francisco's breathtaking, newly-renovated City Hall. Trailblazing multimedia artists Emergency Broadcast Network (EBN), a headliner on the ABSOLUT DJ tour, took the stage and were followed by funk/hip-hop recording stars G. Love & Special Sauce.

About The Webby Awards and The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences

The Webby Awards are the leading creative honors for digital media. Nominees and winners are chosen by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a global organization dedicated to the creative, technical, and professional progress of new media. The Webby Awards are an IDG event. The VIP pre-party is co-hosted by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Hewlett Packard. Intel is the exclusive sponsor of the post-ceremony party. The Webby Awards ceremony is sponsored by vivid studio, Levi Strauss & Co., AboveNet, Time Magazine (The Digital supplement), Entertainment Weekly, ABSOLUT VODKA, BroadVision, Access Magazine, AdForce, NaviSite, The Motley Fool, VISA, The Menlo Technology Group, Hotel Triton, The Industry Standard, LinkExchange, TipWorld, PC World, ARTBYTE, Alice 97.3 (CBS affiliate), and San Francisco Bay Guardian. For more information, visit http://www.webbyawards.com.