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Netflix, Buzzfeed, Hyperlapse, Imgur, Jimmy Fallon, DoSomething.org, Twitch, Grumpy Cat, Funny or Die, Kid President, League of Legends, Too Many Cooks, Monument Valley, Michelle Phan, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and VICE Media Among Those Receiving Internet’s Top Honor
Ellie Kemper, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Chelsea Peretti, and WIRED Founders Jane Metcalfe and Louis Rossetto among Webby Special Achievement Honorees
NEW YORK, April 27, 2015 – The Webby Awards announced today that Netflix, Buzzfeed, Hyperlapse, Jimmy Fallon, Grumpy Cat, Michelle Phan, Vice, Monument Valley, Twitch and Jimmy Kimmel Live! are among the Winners who will be celebrated at the 19th Annual Webby Awards on Monday, May 18. This year’s Winners will be recognized alongside Special Achievement honorees, comedian Chelsea Peretti, Wired co-founders Jane Metcalfe and Louis Rossetto, actors from Netflix’s hit show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ellie Kemper and Tituss Burgess, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Tinder, and Vine sensation Jerome Jarre,
The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) judges – including Conan O’Brien, Tumblr founder David Karp, Arianna Huffington, YouTube star and video artist Freddie Wong, Internet inventor Vint Cerf, and Harvard Professor Susan P. Crawford – selected this year’s Webby Award Winners for outstanding achievement across multiple categories. 500,000 Internet fans from over 200 countries and territories around the world cast their votes to choose the Winners of the Webby People’s Voice Awards, with the heralded #LikeAGirl campaign (5), TED (4), Pandora (3), and The Ellen DeGeneres Show (3) earning the most People’s Voice wins. Netflix won the People’s Special Achievement Webby.
Hosted by critically acclaimed actor and comedian Hannibal Buress, this year’s star-studded awards show at Cipriani Wall Street will be available to watch On Demand at webbyawards.com beginning at 9 a.m. ET on Tuesday, May 19.
Every year, IADAS celebrates the outstanding work of individuals who demonstrate exemplary commitment to digital innovation by honoring them with Special Achievement Awards. Joining the ranks of Al Gore, Lawrence Lessig, Banksy, David Bowie, Tim Berners-Lee, Amy Poehler, and Jerry Seinfeld are:
Webby Lifetime Achievement: Wired Co-Founders Louis Rossetto and Jane Metcalfe will be honored with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award for their role in founding Wired Magazine, in turn shaping the way the world thinks about the effects of technology on culture, the global economy and civic life.
Webby for Breakout of the Year: Tinder, the online dating app and social platform with over 50 million monthly users, will be honored as Breakout of the Year.
Webby for Outstanding Comedic Performance: Chelsea Peretti will be recognized for her wildly popular Netflix special “Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats.”
Webby Best Actress: Ellie Kemper will be honored for her hilarious and masterful performance as the title character in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, one of the newest hit shows on Netflix.
Webby Best Actor: Tituss Burgess will receive the Webby Award for Best Actor for his breakout performance as Titus Andromedon in Netlfix’s The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Webby Special Achievement: Social Media Artist Jerome Jarre will be recognized for his remarkable use of social media platforms Vine and Snapchat as a means for personal and artistic expression.
Webby Special Achievement: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge will receive a Special Achievement award for its role in sparking an international viral phenomenon of giving to ALS, raising unprecedented awareness and more than $220 million for the fight against ALS. Patt Quinn who created the movement will be at The Webby Awards to accept the honor.
Entertainment highlights from the 19th Annual Webby Awards Winners include:
- Jimmy Fallon won the Webby Award and People’s Voice for Best Entertainment App and a Webby Award for Best Television Website
- CollegeHumor won both the Webby Award and People’s Voice award for Best Individual Performance and Best Writing categories for “If Google Was A Guy”
- Funny or Die won its third Webby for best Humor Website
- Jimmy Kimmel won the Webby Award in the Comedy category in the Online Film & Video category for his “Mean Tweets”, a Webby Award and People’s Voice Award for his “Halloween Candy Prank” in the Viral and Branded Entertainment categories in Online Film & Video
- HBO GO won the Webby Award for Best Media Streaming Website
- Coldplay won the Webby Award for Best Music and Best Use of Interactive Video in the Online Film & Video category, and People’s Voice Award for Animation in the Online Film & Video category for the “Ink” music video.
- Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube won the Webby Award for the Best How-to & DIY in the Online Film & Video category
- Grumpy Cat won the Webby Award and People’s Voice Award in the Best Animals Social category
- Hulu won the Webby Award and People’s Voice Award for the Best Streaming Video Mobile App and a Webby Award for Best Media Streaming Website
- SoundCloud won the Webby Award and People’s Voice Award for Best Streaming Audio and a Webby Award for Best Music App
Other highlights from The 19th Annual Webby Awards winners include:
- Buzzfeed won the Webby for Best News App (Handheld Devices)
- Evernote won the Webby for Best Productivity App
- The New Yorker won the Webby for Best Writing (Editorial) website and Best Magazine Website
- Two Dots won both the Webby and People’s Voice Award for Best Visual Design – Aesthetic (Mobile & Apps), and the Webby Award for Best Gaming App (Handheld Devices)
- VF.com Edward Snowden “Patriot or Traitor?” won the Webby for Individual Episode in Online Film & Video
- GoPro won the Webby and People’s Voice for Culture & Lifestyle in Social, and the Webby and People’s Voice for Best Consumer Electronics Website.
- Squarespace won the Webby for Best Aesthetic Design in Websites
- Shyp won the Webby for Best User Experience App and Best Services & Utilities App (Handheld Devices)
Winners of multiple awards include, among others:
- #LikeAGirl (11) Viral Marketing, Online Commercials (Interactive Advertising & Media) Short Form, Viral (Online Film & Video), Best Use of Video, Corporate Communications (Social)
- TED (11) Education and Reference App (Handheld Devices), Science & Education (Online Film & Video), Events (Websites) Best Practices, Best Home/Welcome Page, Education (Websites)
- VICE Media (10) Best Writing (Editorial), Fashion & Beauty, and Sports categories in Websites and Best Scripted Branded Entertainment, News & Politics: Series, News & Politics: Individual Episode, Documentary: Series, Documentary: Individual Episode, Scripted (Online Film & Video)
- IDEO (5) Car Sites & Car Culture, Corporate Communications (Websites – Marketplace),Health, Wellness, Pharmaceutical, and Financial Services & Insurance (Interactive Advertising & Media)
- The New York Times (4) News, Blog – Cultural (Websites), Travel & Adventure (Online Film & Video)
- Hyperlapse (4) Best Use of Mobile Camera, Best User Interface, Social (Mobile & Apps)
- Mashable (4) Best Use of Photography (Websites – Features) Overall Social Presence (Social) Blog – Business (Websites – Marketplace)
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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, Advertising & Media, Online Film & Video, Mobile Sites & Apps, and Social. Established in 1996, The Webby Awards received nearly 13,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide this year. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Grey Goose, Google, Vitamin T, Shocase, Engine Yard, AdAge, Gigya, Internet Week New York, Deloitte, Code and Theory, Happy Fun Corp, net magazine, VentureBeat, GeekWire, Techweek, Protein, 99u, FITC, SoDA, Tech Cocktail, Digital Content Next, Internetworld, The Drum, and Dailymotion.