Famous for its five-word acceptance speeches, last night's Webby Awards honored Steve Jobs in its perfectly succinct fashion. Actors John Hodgman and Justin Long — of the PC and Mac commercials — took the stage, along with Richard Dreyfuss — narrator of the "Here's to the crazy ones . . . " "Think Different" Apple ad — to introduce the video of Hollywood heavyweights, politicians, and even an astronaut, speaking in five-word tributes to the man who changed the world through technology.
Fresh from his performance at Sunday's Tony Awards, Daniel Radcliffe presented the People's Voice Award in the fashion category to Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour at last night's Webby Awards in New York City. While the fashion legend may not be an obvious choice for a digital culture award, her direction earned Vogue.com recognition as the best fashion website of the year.
The Webbys have a five-word acceptance speech policy, and Anna's words warmed our geeky hearts. Now that is how you do an acceptance speech.
We may already know which nominees are taking home the Webby award in the favorite celebrity (Team Coco), weird (Awkward Family Photos), and humor (Funny or Die) categories, among others, but wouldn't you like to see the five-word acceptance speeches live?
Hosted by Lisa Kudrow, the 15th Annual Webby Awards ceremony takes place in NYC tonight with stars like Zach Galifianakis, Dan Savage, LCD Soundsystem, Daniel Radcliffe, The Gregory Brothers, and more expected to make appearances, but you don't have to have a ticket to the gala to see it all go down. In fact, there are a few ways you can watch the big show live starting at 8:30 p.m. EDT without even a TV set. Find out how below!
- Facebook — Facebook is hosting a live stream of the event starting at 8 p.m. EDT, which includes the celeb-studded red carpet arrivals.
- Mobile — You can download the free official Webby app for your iPhone and iPad, and watch the events live on the go!
- YouTube — In case you miss the aforementioned live streams, YouTube will be providing plenty of clips for you to see at your leisure after the show.
The 14th annual Webby Award nominations were announced today, and a few of our favorites are in the running for the "Internet's highest honor." With a huge field of 350 nominees (five nominees for 70 categories), the 2010 Webbies are divided into four sections — websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile. Notables on the list include College Humor for (obviously) best humor site, funny fave Awkward Family Photos nabbing a nom in the "weird" category, The Onion nominated for best writing, and Lindsay Lohan's eHarmony profile spoof from Funny or Die taking a spot for best viral video.
Mark your calendars, as this year's star-studded event will be held on June 14 in NYC with Jimmy Fallon, Cameron Diaz, Martha Stewart, and Twitter cofounder Biz Stone making red carpet appearances. Be sure to check out the full list of nominations on the official 2010 Webby Awards site.
The 2000s were an important decade for the Internet. It was a platform for endless amounts of innovation, a ton of new ideas and content, and it brought lots of change. In fact, I'd be hard pressed to whittle down all of the important things that have happened into a list of only 10. Thankfully popular awards organization the Webby Awards took the initiative to do it themselves and released a list of the Top 10 Most Influential Internet Moments of the Decade.
Among them: Craigslist's nationwide expansion in 2000, music-sharing site Napster's shutdown in 2001, Facebook opening to non-college students in 2006, and the Iranian election protests (a.k.a. "The Twitter Revolution") earlier this year. The list is pretty comprehensive, though I think they should add "the launch of GeekSugar" in 2006! The full list includes some major high-profile announcements as well as some that set the stage for further development and change.
David-Michel Davies, the executive director of the Webby Awards told CNN:
"Maybe in twenty years we'll look back and some of these might change. Something might become more important. I think history and time always gives you more insight into what moments or sites or companies shaped the landscape."
Indeed! It's fun to look back at the moments that shaped Internet history over the past decade, and exciting to think of what's to come in the next 10 years.
For their contributions and support in the rebuilding of New Orleans with the Make It Right website, Brad Pitt and Ellen DeGeneres have been nominated for a 2008 Webby Award! The website, founded by Pitt, received a nomination in the activism category. The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, released its entire list of 2008 nominees today, which span over 100 different categories. Yay to FabSugar who won a Webby last year!