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FIVE-WORD SPEECHES SAY MORE WITH LESS
AT 14TH ANNUAL WEBBY AWARDS
BRAD PITT’S MAKE IT RIGHT AND JIM CARREY AMONG WEBBY WINNERS
Roger Ebert, Amy Poehler, Zach Galifianakis, Vinton Cerf, ChatRoulette, OK Go!
P.S. 22 Chorus Win Special Achievement Awards
New York, NY (June 15, 2010) – From film critic and blogger Roger Ebert to Internet co-inventor Vinton Cerf, winners at Monday night’s 14th Annual Webby Awards say more with less in a procession of brilliantly brief five-word acceptance speeches.
Fans can view individual clips of each speech on the Webby Awards YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/webby), along with celebrity interviews from the red carpet and backstage footage shot by the winners themselves. The channel also showcases ceremony highlights such as Ben Folds’ musical introduction of ChatRoulette founder Andrey Ternovskiy and a performance by P.S. 22 Chorus, Webby Artist of the Year.
“You ain’t seen nothing yet,” said Cerf, who was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for not only laying the groundwork for the creation of the Internet, but also continuing to play a vital role in shaping Internet commerce, communication and culture today.
“Veni, vidi, vici,” said Ebert.
Ebert received a Webby Person of the Year award for setting a new standard for online journalism and writing with his poignant and wildly popular blog, which has become a platform for thoughtful discussions and debates about film, media, politics, and life itself.
Actress and comedian Amy Poehler was awarded Best Actress for her groundbreaking online series, “Smart Girls at the Party,” in which she harnesses the Internet’s ability to both entertain and empower a young audience by applying her sweet, wry, and subtle humor to interviews with ambitious young girls.
“Me, you, P.S. 22 dance party,” said Poehler.
Other speech highlights included:
“Five words? OK. Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” — P.S. 22 Chorus (Webby Artist of the Year)
“Internet is a cool thing.”– Andrey Ternovskiy on behalf of ChatRoulette.com (Webby Breakout of the Year)
“Fight for net neutrality now! — OK Go! (Film and Video Artist of the Year)
“How am I on time?” — Zach Galifianakis (Best Actor — Between Two Ferns with Zack Galifianakis)
“Humanity. Colonization. Phobos. Monolith. Mars!” — Buzz Aldrin (NASA — Best Government)
“Holy f—ing sh–t , Buzz Aldrin!” — Jake from CollegeHumor’s Jake and Amir (Best Comedy Series — People’s Voice)
“Every character counts. Thank you” — Twitter co-founder Biz Stone
“Another Webby bites the dust.” — The Muppets (Best Viral Video for Muppets Bohemian Rhapsody)
“Who needs five words. Aflac!” — Gilbert Gottfried with the Aflac duck (Aflac — Best Insurance)
“I say, plug the hole.” — Isabella Rossellini (Best Individual Performance– Green Porno)
“Goldman Sachs shortened my speech.” — Arianna Huffington (Best Political Blog-People’s Voice)
“Wall Street: What f—ing thieves.” — Robert Scheer (Best Political Blog — Webby)
“Everything sounds better auto-tuned.” — The Gregory Brothers for Auto-Tune the News (Best Mashup/Remix)
“Didn’t kill the radio star.” — Pandora (Best Music)
Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by the New York Times, The Webby Awards honor the year’s best Websites, ads, and mobile sites, as well as special achievement honorees. Academy judges like Martha Stewart, Matt Groening, and Arianna Huffington selected Webby Awards winners, while people around the world chose the winners of The Webby People’s Awards.
More than 800 winners, industry leaders, and celebrities attended The 14th Annual Webby Awards, which was hosted by B.J. Novak of NBC’s “The Office.”
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, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile web sites. Established in 1996, the 13th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Microsoft Expression; Aol; YouTube; Pepsi; Aquent; Yahoo!; HP; Corbis Images; Tribal DDB Worldwide; East Media; IDG; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced.Net; KobeMail; Museum of the Moving Image; Behance; Business Insider; Time Out New York; paidContent and The Guardian.