The Webby Awards is proud to honor Taylor Schilling as Actress of the Year in 2014 for her work on the hit Netflix show Orange Is the New Black. In a series full of strong performances and unique characters, Schilling’s riveting portrayal of craft enthusiast-cum-convict Piper Chapman is the linchpin that holds it all together. The effortless blending of comedy and drama makes Orange a true double threat: a show where the lead character can make you laugh or cry at any given moment. It’s that emotional quality that has compelled viewers to discuss the show on social media; has created a press frenzy for the upcoming season 2; and – most importantly – has made it Netflix’s most-watched show ever. For giving us all the most binge-worthy performance of the year, Taylor Schilling is clearly deserving of the Webby Award for Actress of the Year.
Honoring great performances that have redefined the online space, delivering an outstanding performance in a leading role for a digital series or film.