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2016 Webby Awards Nominees Announced

2016 Webby Awards Nominees Announced

It’s hard to believe that the Webby Awards has already been around for twenty years, but the annual event is kicking off its third decade in style.

The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) announced the nominees for the 20th anniversary presentation of the Webby Awards, highlighting the individuals, programs and movements that defined the digital space over the past year. 

Those nominees that will have the chance to deliver one of the show’s enforced five-word acceptance speeches include talk show hosts Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres and the minds behind 2015 viral video hits like “Dennis Quaid’s On-Set Freak Out” and the “Billy on the Street” segment with First Lady Michelle Obama.

Other media highlights among the nominees include the teams behind the “Game of Thrones” social media effort, the “Saturday Night Live” mobile app and the phenomenal Gimlet Media podcast Reply All. Rare is the show that have the New Yorker, the NHL, the Latin Grammys and National Corndog Day all exist in the same breath, but such is the appeal of the Webbys.

The Webby Awards hardware (software? freeware?) will be passed out on the evening of May 16, with the entire ceremony available for on-demand viewing the following morning.

Highlights from the list of nominees are included below. You access the full list at the People’s Voice Awards homepage.

Animals (Social)
– Catstacam
– Doug the Pug
– Goats of Anarchy
– Jimmy the Bull
– National Geographic Social Media

Best Overall Social Presence (Social)
– CNN’s Social Media
– Game of Thrones
– Mashable
– NASA Social Media
– The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Best Podcast (Mobile Sites & Apps)
– Reply All
– Stuff You Should Know
– 99% Invisible
– The New Yorker’s Podcasts
– Re/code Decode with Kara Swisher

Best Use of Mobile Camera (Mobile Sites & Apps)
– GIPHY CAM
– musical.ly
– Splice
– Heads Up!
– Layout

Best Web Personality/Host (Online Film & Video)
– Tyler Oakley
– Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
– The Slow Mo Guys
– Kid President
– Carmelo Anthony

Celebrity/Fan (Websites)
– U2.com
– One Direction: Made in the A.M.
– Team Coco
– ellentv.com
– Kendal Jenner

Comedy: Individual Short or Episode (Online Film & Video)
– Anaconda – The Education Version (with Nicki Minaj)
– Go to College Music Video (with First Lady Michelle Obama)
– Dennis Quaid’s On-Set Freak Out: The Full Video
– Fight Club for Kids (with Chuck Palahniuk)
– Trumptastic Voyage (The Simpsons)

Comedy: Long Form or Series (Online Film & Video)
– If Google Was a Guy
– Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
– Billy on the Street with First Lady Michelle Obama
– Celebrities Read Mean Tweets #9 (Jimmy Kimmel Live)
– Epic Rap Battles of History

Culture & Lifestyle (Social)
– Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Instagram Account
– MoMA Instagram
– Refinery29 Facebook
– Tastemade Snapchat Discover
– The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Instagram Account

Entertainment (Mobile Sites & Apps)
– Star Wars app
– Marvel Unlimited
– Saturday Night Live app
– The A-Z of YouTube: Celebrating 10 Years
– Phallania

Events (Social)
– Coders vs. Cancer
– #RugbyBattle
– Instaconcert
– The 69th Annual Tony Awards: An Integrated Digital Experience
– The 16th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards – Social Media Celebration

Fashion & Beauty (Social)
– #MINDFCUK
– Madewell Social Media
– Kiehl’s Act Any Age
– Lilly Pulitzer for Target
– W Magazine

Games (Mobile Sites & Apps)
– You Must Build a Boat
– Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes
– Vainglory
– Her Story
– Two Dots

Humor (Websites)
– Cracked.com
– Funny or Die
– John Oliver – Leap Second
– ClickHole
– The Onion

Media Streaming (Websites)
– 92Y On Demand
– TED
– HBO NOW
– PBS.org
– Pluto TV

Music (Websites)
– triple J Hottest 100
– Inside Abbey Road
– Pitchfork
– Spotify – Year in Music 2015
– Beyoncé – Official Site

News (Websites)
– CNN.com
– The Guardian
– Quartz
– The Intercept
– NYTimes.com

Public Service & Activism (Social)
– Hurts Me Too
– I Am A Witness
– Kids Read Mean Tweets
– #nofilter campaign
– MTV’s Look Different campaign

Sports (Social)
– Wall of Jordan
– NHL #MyPlayoffsMoment
– #SendBadLuck
– Wimbledon 2015: Sharing the Moments that Matter
– Gamedayplus

Virtual Reality: Gaming, Interactive or Real-Time (Online Film & Video)
– Cardboard Crash VR for Google Cardboard
– Insidious Chapter 3: Into the Further
– House on Hallow Hill
– William Hill: Get in the Race
– The Neymar Jr. Effect

Weird (Websites)
– Adventure Cats
– Emoji Party
– Run Wars
– 2 Kinds of People
– National Corndog Day

The public has a chance to cast their votes for their pick of the best of the Internet at the official voting site, right here. Voting for the Webby People’s Voice Awards is open from now until Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 11:59 PM (PT).

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