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The Results Are In: The Winners of the 2015 Webby Awards


It’s kind of difficult to believe that the Webby Awards have been running for 20 years now. The first year, then called the ‘Webbie Awards’, were hosted at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. An episodic online serial called The Spot won site of the year. Since then the show has gained more and more momentum, first moving to San Francisco and then New York. The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences was also founded off the back of the awards in 1998.

This year the awards pulled in over 500,000 votes across more than 200 different countries and while that pales in comparison to the whopping 1.5 million votes registered in 2012, it’s still pretty impressive. The IADAS panel, which has included people like David Bowie, Matt Groening, Harvey Weinstein and Arianna Huffington as the years have gone by, were the ones who ultimately picked the winners. Since there’s such a broad spread of categories, there were no less than 344 winners this year. I could run through that full list but we’d be here for weeks, if you want to see it, head on over to the official website. For our purposes, here are some of the highlights:

Webby Special Achievement: Social Media Artist Jerome Jarre

Webby Breakout of the Year: Tinder

Webby Lifetime Achievement: Louis Rossetto and Jane Metcalfe (Founders of Wired)

Webby Special Achievement: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Outstanding Comedic Performance: Chelsea Peretti (One of the Greats)

Best Actress: Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

Best Actor: Titus Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

Best Use of Photography: Mashable

Fashion and Beauty: Vice

Best Entertainment App: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Best Humor Website: Funny or Die

Best Animals Social: Grumpy Cat

Best Music App: SoundCloud

The New York Times, NASA, BuzzFeed, College Humour, Illusion, Ted, ESPN and countless others pulled in awards in numerous different categories including news, art, science and general web presentation. 

The actual award ceremony will be hosted in New York by Hannibal Buress on May 18th, before being broadcast online the next day. The ceremonies are perhaps best known for their ‘5 word acceptance speech’ policy. Past highlights have included “Me. Me. Me. Me. Me.” (Stephen Colbert) and “Can anyone fix my computer?” (The Beastie Boys). I’ve no idea what Chelsea Peretti will come up with, but I look forward to finding out. 

Callum Davies

Callum is a film school graduate who is now making a name for himself as a journalist and content writer. His vices include flat whites and 90s hip-hop. Follow him @CallumAtSMF

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