Webby Awards Releases List of Nominees Today


Right now, awards shows are NMR’s bread & butter. We live or die based on the baskets of muffins and pastries sent to us by nominees hoping to curry our favor (well, we should live or die by this! Start sending baskets, nominees!). Okay, really we expend a lot of ink during these months, covering the goings-on of many of the more popular web-based award shows. And of all the web-based award shows, none is more prolific than the Webbys, who, in their 17th year, just released their list of latest nominees today.

Unfortunately, there is a niggling problem that taints awards shows. And that problem is the seeming need to have “celebrity winners.” See, awards shows want legitimacy, but they also want press. And press follows celebrity. So frequently, awards seem to get tilted in the direction of the celebrities even if the celebrity project is not necessarily the most deserving.

I propose a test! I am going to highlight (in blue) all the Webby’s nominees I think are going to win. In particular, I will select most every nominee in which a celebrity’s name precedes the series, i.e. “Tom Hanks’ Electric City” (or one I know to have a strong celebrity presence/hipster cache like “Burning Love”). Some of these shows I’ve seen, some of these I haven’t yet. I will revisit this list after the Webbys air on May 21st and see how I’ve fared. Feel free to print this list and follow along.

Also, make sure you vote for the Webby’s “People’s Voice” Audience Awards by April 25th!



Best Comedy Longform or Series

Burning Love

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Neil’s Puppet Dreams

Clueless Gamer with Conan O’Brien

Bad Lip Reading

Best Drama

Chasing The Hill

The Beauty Inside

The Walking Dead Cold Storage Webisodes

Tom Hanks’ Electric City

Cuckoo (The Full Series)

Best Reality

Hope Stories – Personal accounts of recovery from drug & alcohol addiction.

Kids React

OAK Reverse Robberies

Life Interrupted

Failure Club

Best Web Personality/Host

PBS Idea Channel

Woman v. Workout

7 Minutes in Heaven

Chris Hardwick’s All Star Celebrity Bowling

Fresh Off The Boat with Eddie

Best Individual Performance

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Charlize Theron Gets Hacked

Jean Dujardin’s Villain Auditions

Burning Love

Lena Dunham for Obama for America: “First Time”


The Polar Bears Movie


Dumb Ways to Die

Pitchfork’s Frames


Comedy: Individual Short or Episode

THE NFL: A Bad Lip Reading

Gay Men Will Marry Your Girlfriends

Bar Refaeli’s Sex Tape Kickstarter

Wire: The Musical

Real Actors Read Yelp


Amoeba Music’s What’s In My Bag?

Fandango presents “The Frontrunners,” hosted by Dave Karger

Metaphysical Milkshake

Serious Jibber Jabber with Conan O’Brien

Cambridge Nights

Video Channels and Networks – Entertainment


Music Choice Primed: A$AP Rocky

Nerdist Channel

Pitchfork TV

The Creators Project

Video Channels and Networks – News & Information

HuffPost Live

NMA.tv (Taiwanese Animations)


New York Times Video

The Young Turks

Video Channels and Networks – Variety



Henry Review


The Switch

Best Writing

Hashtag Killer

Burning Love

Presidential Clippings


The Walking Dead Cold Storage Webisodes

Best Editing

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee


H+ The Digital Series

In Practice: David Byrne And St. Vincent

PBS Idea Channel

How To & DIY



iVillage’s “My Best Idea”

How I use GoPro To Shoot Documentaries


Documentary Series

FOCUS FORWARD Short Films, Big Ideas

ESPN 30 For 30 Short Film Series

Death penalty on trial

A Day in the Life

Here at Home

Video Networks / Channels – How To / DIY


DailyCandy How-To Video Channel

TRESemme Style Studio

HGTV Remodels’ House Counselor

Stan Winston School of Character Arts

Best Use of Interactive Video

Hello, Again: Beck 360º Experience.

Bear 71

Clouds Over Cuba

Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek

The Trip

News & Politics: Individual Episode

9/11 Memorial Offers Quiet Amid New York Chaos, Designer Michael Arad Says

Road Trip: What Does Boston Think of Mitt Romney

Former Hostage Shane Bauer Returns to Solitary

Megafires: The New Normal In The American Southwest

The Mexican Mormon War

News & Politics: Series

The silent rooms – after the July 22 terrorist attack in Norway

On Location

Bill Maher Overtime

Pop Up Politics: Beyond The Speeches


Branded Entertainment Long Form

K-Swiss Blades by Kenny Powers

The Polar Bears Movie

Project Re: Brief, The Documentary

The Beauty Inside

Red Bull Kluge

Branded Entertainment Scripted

Move On

Departure Date

New York Writes Itself/The Chairman

The Beauty Inside

FCU: Fact Checkers

Branded Entertainment Short Form

Project Re: Brief, Re-imagining Coca-Cola “Hilltop”

Muhammad Ali – Word

Red Bull Stratos

Bodyform :: ‘The Truth’

Speed of Light, aka The World’s Tiniest Police Chase

Branded Entertainment Unscripted

Our Food. Your Questions.

Etsy’s “Handmade Portraits” Series

Google+ Stories: Virtual Photo Walks

Tundra Endeavour “The Ultimate Journey”

Inside Breaking Bad


BBC Olympics


Kenny Mayneâs Wider World of Sports: Season 2

More than a club: FC Barcelona and Catalonia’s road to independence

Paddling Blind


The Engadget Show

“At night you won’t switch on the ceiling lamp. You’ll switch on the window”

The Power and the Pitfalls of Big Data

GE paper

Decoding cyberspace: A new domain of war

Travel & Adventure

Up to Speed

A Beautiful Waste

The Dime Traveler – Great Ape Escape

The Vagabond Project


Documentary: Individual Episode

Out for Change

America The Gutted

The Roper

Flaming Lips’ The Soft Bulletin

The Unseen Bean

Best Events & Live Casts



NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert Platform

Red Bull Stratos

BMW Tate Live: Performance Room

Video Remixes/Mashups

So Disrespectful

Film v Music

Fists of Fusian

Mister Rogers Remixed: Garden of Your Mind

‘Fenton’ 4GEE Remaster



Cat-Friend vs Dog-Friend

Textually Active

Grandmas Watch Kardashian Sex Tape

Dumb Ways to Die

Experimental & Weird

Fresh Prince: Google Translated

Corridor Digital’s The Glitch


Found Photos: The 1930s In Full Color

The Carp and The Seagull


BjÓ§rk – Mutual Core

Field Recordings

Pitchfork’s Modest Mouse: The Lonesome Crowded West

Sound and Vision

Sigur Ros “Fjogur Piano”

Public Service & Activism

Bear 71

A woman’s nightmare

Greenpeace – Support Sustainable Fishermen

Shocking Animal Cruelty at Tyson Foods Supplier

Follow the Frog

Video Channels and Networks – Public Service & Activism

Ça finit là (It ends now)

Creative cowboy films

GED Pep Talks

The Uncultured Project

The Human Rights Channel: Curated by WITNESS, Powered by Storyful, Hosted on YouTube

(Thanks to Video Ink for compiling the nominees into proper list form)

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