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13th Annual Webby Special Achievement Award Winners

About Webby Special Achievement Awards

The Webby Special Achievement Awards will be presented by the Academy at the 13th Annual Webby Awards Celebration June 8, 2009 in New York City. All of the Special Achievement Award winners will attend to receive their honors.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Lifetime Achievement Award
Tim Berners-Lee

The Webby Awards is thrilled to honor Sir Tim Berners-Lee with a Webby Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of his enormous contribution to the world of Internet technology and communications. Widely known as one of the inventors of the World Wide Web, Sir Berners-Lee's first successful communication between an HTTP client and server marked the start of a revolution--one without which the Internet as we know it today would not exist. As Founder and Director of the W3C, Sir Berners-Lee continues to pioneer the open-source spirit of the Web, serving as a strong supporter of Net Neutrality and web users everywhere.

Trent Reznor: Webby Artist of the Year
Trent Reznor

The Webby Awards is thrilled to honor Trent Reznor with the Webby Artist of the Year Award in recognition of his album, The Slip, which debuted for free download in May 2008 on his website. By making his music available to fans for free, Trent Reznor embraced the true openness of the Internet, similar to the release of the album Year Zero, which launched with an award-winning alternate reality game. Trent Reznor's ability to connect with fans far and wide through the Web makes him a qualified ambassador of online culture, and arguably one of the most-recognized artists harnessing the power of the Internet to spread music.

Jimmy Fallon: Webby Person of the Year
Jimmy Fallon

The Webby Awards is excited to honor Jimmy Fallon with the Webby Person of the Year Award in recognition of his entusiastic embrace of the Internet to connect with his fans. With his "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" blog and Twitter feed, Jimmy Fallon is one of celebrities and TV personalities most actively engaging with his audience online, even hosting a contest allowing fans to chose the winning logo for Late Night, as part of his video blog series leading up to the show's debut. He regularly features exclusive content online and is one of a handful of celebrities to use the Web and television as a fully integrated experience.

Twitter: Breakout of the Year

The Webby Awards is thrilled to honor Twitter with the Webby Award for Breakout of the Year. Accepting the award is Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, who is recognized for his visionary creation of the micro-messaging service. Only three years in the making, Twitter has grown by 900% in the last year alone, cementing itself as a mainstay of Internet communication tools. Popular with celebrities, brands and individuals alike, Twitter levels the playing field for all who use the service, restricting access to no one -- this is the ultimate embodiment of the democratic spirit of the Web.

Sarah Silverman: Best Actress
sarah silverman

The Webby Awards is thrilled to honor Sarah Silverman as Best Actress in recognition of her YouTube sensation, "I'm F**king Matt Damon," and for utilizing the political power of the Internet with "The Great Schlep." Always pushing the envelope, Sarah is a viral superstar and a comedienne representatvie of cutting-edge online culture. Her embrace of the medium and recogntion of online film & video's reach are a testement to the shifting priorities of online entertainment.

Lisa Kudrow: Best Actress
Lisa Kudrow

The Webby Awards is thrilled to honor Lisa Kudrow with a Webby Award for Outstanding Comedic Performance. As star, co-writer, and co-producer of "Web Therapy" on, Lisa Kudrow set a new bar for how the Internet can be used to heightened comedic effect. Brilliantly playing a therapist who treats her patients via three-minute Webcam sessions, Kudrow has created a hilarious, cringe-inducing collection of mini-comedy masterpieces.

Seth McFarlane
Seth McFarlane

The Webby Awards is thrilled to honor Seth McFarlane with the Webby Award for Film and Video Person of the Year, in recognition of his Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy animated videos distributed through Google's content network and on Truly embracing the power of the Internet to reach an audience, McFarlane has boldly stepped into the arena of original web content-meets-advertising, successfully lending his creativity and humor to a burgeoning industry.


R/GA is the winner of the inaugural Agency of the Year Award in the 13th Annual Webby Awards. The Agency of the Year Award recognizes the most successful agency across all Webby categories including interactive advertising, websites, mobile sites, and online film and video. With nearly 10,000 works entered from all 50 US states and over 60 countries around the world, the 13th Annual Webby Awards is the biggest in our history and continues to be the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.