VICE, Jimmy Fallon, Oscar Selfie, Like A Girl Campaign, Tinder, Vine, Michelle Phan, Tyler Oakley, Spotify, Refinery 29, Product Hunt, HBO Go, and More Unveiled as 19th Annual Webby Award Nominees


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NEW YORK, April 7, 2015 – The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) today announced the Nominees for the 19th Annual Webby Awards, including Vice, Tinder, Vine, Monument Valley, Product Hunt and Refinery 29 and Tumblr as well as some of the year’s most talked-about celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Kimmel, Key & Peele, Zach Galifianakis, Tyler Oakley, Michelle Phan and Kevin Hart.

The public has a chance to cast their votes for their pick of the best of the Internet at Voting for the Webby People’s Voice Awards is open from now until Thursday, April 23 at 11:59PM/PST.

Academy members, including Conan O’Brien, Tumblr founder David Karp, Arianna Huffington, YouTube sensation and video artist Freddie Wong, Internet inventor Vint Cerf, and founder Nancy Lublin, will select this year’s Webby Awards Winners, to be announced Monday, April 27.

“This year’s Nominees are moving Internet culture – and society – forward through their sophisticated technology, sleek user design, and social influence,” said David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “Each of this year’s Nominees are raising the bar in their respective categories and we are excited for the public to weigh in with their votes for this year’s Webby People’s Voice Winners.”

Webby Nominees include some of the world’s most hilarious and viral videos; Zach Galifianakis’ Between Two Ferns interview of President Obama is nominated in Long Form Comedy alongside College Humor’s If Google Was a Guy, Jimmy Kimmel’s Mean Tweets, Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and Kids React by The Fine Bros.

Nominees like Beats Music, iHeartRadio, SoundCloud, Pandora and Spotify highlight how the Internet and mobile technology continues to disrupt the music industry. Webby Nominated artists like Coldplay, OK Go and Cut Copy use technology and the Web in ever more sophisticated ways to connect with fans and enhance their artistic expression.

Website Nominees like The New York Times, TIME, CNN, The Guardian, National Geographic, Tumblr demonstrate the shift toward marrying the written word with vivid imagery and interactive content to offer a more compelling experience for visitors. And with consumers increasingly turning to their mobile phones to get up-to-the-minute news and updates, publishers including Al Jazeera America, BuzzFeed, Los Angeles Times, Mashable and NYTNow were recognized for creating superior user mobile experiences.

Many of the Online ads nominated in the Interactive Advertising and Media category received millions of YouTube views and social media shares, including #LikeAGirl (Leo Burnett Toronto), “The Game Before the Game” (R/GA), “The World’s Toughest Job” (Mullen), and “HBO: Awkward Family Viewing” (SS+K).

This year’s Webby Awards received nearly 13,000 entries from all 50 U.S. states and over 60 countries worldwide. From the thousands of global entries submitted to The Webby Awards, less than 8% were selected as nominees.

Winners will be celebrated at a special ceremony held at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, May 18, hosted by critically acclaimed actor and comedian Hannibal Buress. This year’s show will be available on demand at the morning of Tuesday, May 19 and The Webby Awards video channel will feature all the show highlights, including special performances and all the hallmark Winner 5-Word Speeches.

Nominees earning the highest number of nominations include: Vice Media (17), CollegeHumor (9), Funny or Die (8), HBO (8), The Guardian (7), Comedy Central (6), Mashable (6).

Deloitte provides vote tabulation consulting for The Webby Awards.

19th Annual Webby Nominee Highlights:

Humor (Websites)
Funny Or Die
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
Fill the Silence

Social Media (Websites)
– Imgur – the simple image sharer + Internet culture hub
– Ello
– FutureLearn
– Learnist
– Mash Stories

Games-Related (Websites)
– Twitch
– Democreativity
– Watch Dogs – Digital Shadow
– EA Sports Madden GIFERATOR
– The Order

Best Writing (Websites)
– The New Yorker
– The Guardian: The Long Read

Events (Websites)
– Google World Cup
– Splash
– BBC LIVE Events
– Bedstock

Comedy: Individual Short or Episode (Online Film & Video)
– “Shia LaBeouf” Live – Rob Cantor (WCP)
– Kevin Bacon Explains the ’80s to Millennials (Mashable)
– How to Tell if You’re a Basic Bitch (CollegeHumor)
– Simply Genius Shower Thoughts With Nick Offerman (Mashable)
– “Repeat Stuff” Bo Burnham (Prettybird)

Comedy: Long Form or Series (Online Film & Video)
– Mean Tweets (Jimmy Kimmel Live!)
– Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee (Resource/Ammirati)
– If Google Was A Guy (CollegeHumor)
– Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Obama (Funny Or Die)
– Kids React (Fullscreen)

Music (Online Film & Video)
– Coldplay – “Ink” (BLIND)
– OK Go – “I Won’t Let You Down” (Mori Inc.)
– Weird Al Yankovic – “Foil” (CollegeHumor)
– TV on the Radio – “Happy Idiot” (Funny Or Die)
– Cut Copy – We Are Explorers (PARTY)

Viral (Online Film & Video)
Halloween Candy Prank (Jimmy Kimmel Live!)
– Tiny Hamster Eating Tiny Burritos (Denizen)
– Most Shocking Second a Day (Don’t Panic)
– We Got 20 Strangers Who Aren’t Models to Kiss Each Other (VICE Media)
– 3 Seconds Cooking Shrimp Frying Cannon (TOKYU Agency)

Best Editing (Online Film & Video)
The Game Before the Game (R/GA)
– Too Many Cooks (Adult Swim)
– High Maintenance (Vimeo)
– Overwatch Announcement Cinematic (Blizzard Entertainment)
– Honda ‘The Other Side’ (Wieden+Kennedy)

Best Individual Performance (Online Film & Video)
Brian Husky – “If Google Was A Guy” (CollegeHumor)
– Kristen Bell – “Mary Poppins Quits” (Funny Or Die)
– Weird Al Yankovic – “Foil” (CollegeHumor)
– Lewis Black Says F#%! Voter Suppression (ACLU)
– Stephen Merchant – “If We Won” (Droga5)

Best Web Personality/Host (Online Film & Video)
Kid President (SoulPancake)
– Adam Savage – Inside Adam’s Cave (Whalerock Industries)
– Eddie Huang (VICE Media)
– Dr. James Hamblin – If Our Bodies Could Talk (The Atlantic)
– Emily Graslie (The Field Museum)

Best Writing (Online Film & Video)
If Google Was A Guy (CollegeHumor)
– High Maintenance (Vimeo)
– Adam Ruins Everything (CollegeHumor)
– The Britishes (CollegeHumor)
– 10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Man (Funny Or Die)

Entertainment (Channels – Online Film & Video)
The Tonight Show (NBC)
– HuffPost Live (The Huffington Post)
– The Voice YouTube (NBC)
– Grantland (ESPN Films)

How-to & DIY (Video Channels and Networks – Online Film & Video)
– Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube (Fresh One Productions)
– Munchies How-to (VICE Media)
– Michelle Phan
– Craftsy
– Threadbanger

Best Streaming Audio (Mobile Sites & Apps)
– SoundCloud App
– Beats Music
– Rdio
– WNYC App/Discover
– iHeartRadio

Best Streaming Video (Mobile Sites & Apps)
– Hulu Plus
– Vine
– Comedy Central App
– PBS KIDS Video App

Social (Mobile Sites & Apps)
– Hyperlapse
– Tinder
– Tumblr App
– Flipagram
– Your Shot

Guides/Ratings/Reviews (Mobile Sites & Apps)
– Distiller
– Product Hunt
– Glassdoor
– Kelley Blue Book’s
– Rate My Professors

News (Handheld Devices – Mobile Sites & Apps)
– BuzzFeed App
– Mashable App
– Al Jazeera America
– NYTNow

Productivity (Mobile Sites & Apps)
– Evernote iOS App
– Humin
– Pocket
– Swipes
– Boxer

Entertainment (Tablet & All Other Devices – Mobile Sites & Apps)
– The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
– Comedy Central App
– Ken Burns
– WWE Network & The WWE App
– At Bat

Games (Tablet & All Other Devices – Mobile Sites & Apps)
– Monument Valley
– The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies
– Smarty Pins
– Dumb Ways to Die 2: The Game
– Banner Saga

News (Tablet & All Other Devices – Mobile Sites & Apps)
– Al Jazeera Digital Magazine
– ABC – The Brief
– Watchup
– Yahoo News Digest

Celebrity/Fan (Social Content & Marketing)
– Oscar Selfie
– #somostodosmacacos #weareallmonkeys
– Foo Fighters RVA
– The Ellen DeGeneres Show
– NachoVision

Humor (Social Content & Marketing)
– The Onion
– Funny Or Die
– Sniffers
– The Most Interesting Man In the World – Social Pages
– Bojack Horseman Campaign

Sports (Social Content & Marketing)
– Special Olympics
– Fair Play
– NCAA March Madness Live – Coke Zero Social Arena
– NHL Fancam

Weird (Social Content & Marketing)
– Sad Tweet
– 100happydays challenge
– True Detective
– No likes yet.
– Super Important Tweet

Short Form Branded Entertainment (Online Film & Video)
– #LikeAGirl
– Key & Peele: What About “Non Stop”, Though?
– If We Made It
– Kevin Hart is not a Baby
– The Workaholics Guys Find a New Cubicle Mate

Viral Branded Entertainment (Online Film & Video)
– LEGO Everything Is NOT Awesome
– Epic Rap Battle: Nerd v. Geek
– Nestle Fitness Bra Cam
– The World’s Toughest Job



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, Dailymotion, and CoolHunting.