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21ST ANNUAL WEBBY AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Apple, Beyonce’s Formation, Pokemon GO, Missing Richard Simmons, Merriam-Webster, The Late Late Show Snapchat, Chef’s Table, Residente, GIPHY, and National Geographic Among Those Receiving Internet’s Highest Honor
Solange, The Women’s March, and InternetArchive.org among those to be honored with Webby Special Achievement Awards
NEW YORK, April 25, 2017 – Lady Gaga, Google, Malcolm Gladwell, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Lena Dunham’s Women of the Hour podcast, and The New Yorker are among the Winners of the 21st Annual Webby Awards. This year’s Winners will be recognized alongside Special Achievement honorees, including artist Solange, actor Steve Buscemi, advocate and CNN contributor Van Jones, Internet Archive, and the groundbreaking Women’s March.
Academy judges—including Jimmy Kimmel, Making a Murderer’s Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, TED Radio Hour Host Guy Raz, Instagram’s Eva Chen, Questlove, Internet inventor Vint Cerf, Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian, and Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Opal Tometi—selected this year’s Webby Award Winners. In addition, more than 3.5 million votes were cast from internet fans in 235 countries and territories around the world to choose the Winners of the Webby People’s Voice Awards.
Hosted by critically acclaimed comedian and actor Joel McHale, this year’s star-studded ceremony in New York will celebrate the most innovative, inspiring, and entertaining work on the Internet. The show will be available on demand at webbyawards.com the morning of Tuesday, May 16, and The Webby Awards video channel will feature all the show highlights and hallmark 5-Word Speeches from the night’s big Winners.
Organizers also announced a slate of outstanding individuals and breakout achievements that will be recognized with Webby Special Achievement Awards. Joining the ranks of Prince, Al Gore, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and #BlackLivesMatter this year are:
Webby Social Movement of the Year: The Women’s March for using the Internet to embolden a major social uprising and awakening. What began as a simple Facebook post by one woman in Hawaii quickly became the drumbeat for a global activist movement. The Women’s March organizers used the Internet to assemble the largest demonstration on a single day in U.S. history and have successfully leveraged social media to promote education, awareness, and unprecedented online and offline engagement.
Webby Lifetime Achievement: InternetArchive.org for its commitment to making the world’s knowledge available online and preserving the history of the Internet itself. With a vast collection of digitized materials and tools like the Wayback Machine, InternetArchive.org has become a vital resource not only to catalogue an ever-changing medium, but to safeguard a free and open Internet for everyone.
Webby Best Actress: Gillian Anderson for her role in the acclaimed crime drama series The Fall. With the recent release of Season 3 on Netflix, Anderson continues to bring her riveting performance as the tenacious, cool-headed Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson to digital screens everywhere, making the show a must-watch and a major win for online streaming.
Webby Best Actor: Steve Buscemi for his role in the must-watch web series Horace and Pete. Buscemi’s astounding performance in the exclusively online series, combined with the show’s uniquely relevant themes and tone, have made Horace and Pete an Internet fan favorite. Buscemi will be presented by his co-star, 2012 Webby Person of the Year Louis C.K.
Webby Special Achievement: Van Jones for his use of the Internet and social media during the 2016 election to educate audiences and inspire action. Through his eye-opening and politically diverse series The Messy Truth, Jones leverages traditional and online media to promote diversity and showcase the positive impact the Internet can have on grassroots organizing and advocacy efforts to move the dial on important issues.
Webby Artist of the Year: Solange in celebration of her extraordinary use of the Internet to support fellow artists, especially artists of color, and promote diversity. With her 3 million Twitter followers and through Saint Heron, her collaborative platform and online store for artists, Solange has created a unique platform for collaboration and connection on the Internet.
21st Annual Webby Award Winner highlights include:
- Planned Parenthood won the Webby Award and the Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Charitable Organization/Non-profit Website
- Sandy Hook Promise – Evan won two Webby Awards and two Webby People’s Voice Awards for Best Viral Marketing (Advertising, Media & PR) and Best Short Form Branded Content (Film & Video)
- CNN won the Webby Award for CNN Election Night 2016 for Best Event in the Social category
- The New Yorker won two Webby Awards and two People’s Voice Awards for Best Magazine Website and Best Writing (Editorial)
- Van Jones’ The Messy Truth won the Webby Award for Best News & Politics Series (Film & Video)
- Squarespace won the Webby Award and the Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Web Service & Application (Websites)
- FactCheck.org won the Webby Award and the Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Political Blog/Websites (Websites)
- Teen Vogue won its first two Webby Awards in Social Video for Ask a Muslim Girl and Film & Video for Body Party Starring Barbie Ferreira
- Merriam-Webster Redefines Twitter won the Webby Award for Best Writing (Social) and the Webby Award and Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Education & Discovery (Social)
- Game Changer featuring Stephen Curry won the Webby Award for Best Use of Online Media (Advertising, Media & PR)
- GIPHY won three Webby Awards for Messaging (Mobile Sites & Aps), Best Comedy – Branded (Film & Video), and NetArt (Websites)
- The Infatuation won the Webby Award for Best Food & Drink App (Mobile Sites & Apps)
- NYT Cooking won the Webby Award for Best Food & Drink Website (Websites)
- Airbnb won the Webby Award for Best Travel App for its New Airbnb App (Mobile Sites & Apps)
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art won the Webby Award and the Webby People’s Voice Award in Social Video for The Met 360 Project (Social)
Entertainment highlights from the 21st Annual Webby Award Winners include:
- Lady Gaga won the Webby Award for Live Experiences (Branded) in the Film & Video category and two Webby People’s Voice Awards for Integrated Campaigns (Branded) in the Film & Video category and Branded Content (Individuals) in the Advertising, Media & PR category for The Lady Gaga + Intel Performance
- Jimmy Kimmel Live won the Webby Award and the Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Comedy: Long Form or Series for Mean Tweets (Film & Video)
- Coldplay won the Webby Award for Best Music Video for “Up&Up” (Film & Video)
- The Ellen DeGeneres Show won the Webby Award for Best Celebrity/Fan Social Presence (Social)
- Deadpool won Webby Awards for Best Social Media Campaign (Advertising, Media & PR), Best Social Content and Marketing (Social), and Best Digital Campaign (Advertising, Media & PR)
- Serena Williams’ Match Point won two Webby Awards for Best Mobile Advertising and Best Use of Native Advertising (Advertising, Media & PR)
- Residente won two Webby Awards for Best Music Website and Best Celebrity/Fan Website (Websites)
- Lena Dunham’s Women of the Hour won the Webby Award for Best Lifestyle Podcast (Podcasts & Digital Audio)
- ESPN Films won the Webby Award and the Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Sports Channel and Network for 30 for 30 Shorts in the Film & Video category
- BuzzFeed won the Webby Award for Best News App for the BuzzFeed News App (Mobile Sites & Apps) and the Webby Award and Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Interview/Talk Show for Another Round (Podcasts & Digital Audio)
- Game of Thrones won the Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Overall Social Presence
- Kendrick Lamar won the Webby Award for Best Video Remixes/Mashups for Swimming Pools (Drank) (Film & Video)
- Chef’s Table won the Webby Award and the Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Food & Drink Video and the Webby Award for Best Documentary: Series (Film & Video)
- Spotify won two Webby Awards for Spotify Release Radar for Best Streaming Audio and Best Music App (Mobile Sites & Apps) and two Webby People’s Voice Awards for President of Playlists for Online Guerilla & Innovation (Advertising, Media & PR) and Thanks, 2016. It’s been weird. for Integrated Campaign (Advertising, Media & PR)
- Mark Ronson Case won the Webby Award for Best Music in Social
- Under Armour Michael Phelps won the Webby Award for Best Viral (Branded) Entertainment (Film & Video)
- HBO NOW won the Webby Award and the Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Streaming Video (Mobile Sites & Apps)
- Gimlet Media won the Webby Award and the Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Podcast Drama for Homecoming (Podcasts & Digital Audio)
- MoMA Instagram won the Webby Award for Best Culture & Lifestyle in Social
- Pokemon GO won the Webby Award for Best Game and two Webby Awards and two Webby People’s Voice Awards for Best Use of GPS or Location Technology and Best Experiential & Innovation (Mobile Sites & Apps)
- Tastemade Facebook won the Webby Award and the Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Food & Drink (Social)
- Who is Mr. Robot won the Webby Award for Best Television Website
Winners of multiple Webby Awards this year include:
- National Geographic (11) Best User Interface (Websites), Best Social Video Series (Social Video), Magazine/Editorial (Mobile Sites & Apps), Best Photography & Graphics (Social), Best Overall Social Presence (Social), Animals (Social), Education & Discovery (Social Video)
- Google (9) Education (Websites), Best Use of Video or Moving Image (Websites), Best User Experience (Mobile Sites & Apps), Technical Achievement (Websites), Best User Experience (Mobile Sites & Apps), Games & Games Related (Websites)
- BBC (8) Television (Websites), News & Information (Social Video), News & Politics: Individual Episode (Film & Video), News (Mobile Sites & Apps), Events (Social), Cultural Blog / Website (Websites), Science (Websites)
- VICE (7) Sports (Film & Video), Fashion & Beauty (Websites), Drama: Individual Short or Episode (Film & Video), Travel & Adventure (Film & Video), Technology (Film & Video)
- The Onion (6) Humor (Websites), Weird (Social), Humor (Social)
- The New York Times (5) News (Websites), Food & Drink (Websites), Arts & Culture (Podcasts & Digital Audio), Best Writing (Film & Video)
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