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The 5th Annual Webby Awards Reveal Nominees for the Year

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THE 5th ANNUAL WEBBY AWARDS® REVEAL NOMINEES FOR BEST SITES OF THE YEAR
The Webby Awards to be Webcast live from San Francisco July 18th

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San Francisco (April 26, 2001) – Capping a remarkable year that saw the Internet experience dramatic highs and lows, The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences® today unveiled the nominees for the 5th Annual Webby Awards.

Shining a spotlight on the best in technology and creativity on the Internet, the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences announced five nominees in 27 categories, ranging from Politics and Film to Activism and Weird. A complete list of nominees follows this announcement.

The Webby Awards is the leading international honor for Web sites and individual achievement in technology and creativity. The awards are presented by the Academy, a 350-member organization dedicated to the creative, professional, and technical advancement of new media.

More than 3,000 technology luminaries and leaders in an array of traditional fields will attend the awards show, which has quickly become the Internet’s biggest night of the year thanks to its critically acclaimed production, outrageous fashions, five-words-or-less speech limit, and celebrity judges. Past judges have included David Bowie, Tina Brown, Matt Groening, and Larry Ellison.

“With the Internet undergoing major change, The Webby Awards are needed now more than ever to help people both avoid the hype and to enjoy the Web sites that are the most outstanding, entertaining, and useful,” said Maya Draisin, the director of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. “The challenges facing the industry have also spurred this year’s nominees to really push the limits of the medium and create truly exciting and inspiring online experiences.”

For the first time, the Academy will also present a new award that will recognize a single Web site that serves as a model of excellence in each of the judging criteria: content, structure and navigation, visual design, functionality, interactivity, and overall experience. This year the Academy will also institute a series of awards recognizing individual achievement in several categories.

The Webby Awards voting process is audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Winners will be announced at The 2001 Webby Awards 2000 on July 18, 2001 at at San Francisco’s elegant War Memorial Opera House. The entire event will be Webcast at http://www.webbyawards.com beginning at 8:00 PM PST.

Check out the 2001 Webby Awards nominees.


About the Webby Awards
The Webby Awards is the leading international honor for Web sites and individual achievement in technology and creativity. The critically acclaimed theatre production attended by 3000 people, includes films, animations, installation art and performances. The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences selects the nominees, winners, and presents the awards event. Sponsors for The Fifth Annual Webby Awards include Intel, Adobe, IDG, Metropolis Editorial, The Creative Group, Commission Junction, Diesel Design, Getty Images, rareMedium, Variety, Access Magazine, Wired and Entertainment Weekly. Balloting is audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers. For more information visit http://www.webbyawards.com.

About the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences
The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the creative, tech

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