15th Annual WEBBY Awards Nominees Unveiled

15th Annual WEBBY Awards Nominees Unveiled

The year’s biggest pop culture and Internet sensations – from Angry Birds, Groupon, the Old Spice Guy, and Justin Bieber to Arcade Fire, The Bed Intruder Song, SoundCloud, and Flipboard – are among the nominees announced today for The 15th Annual Webby Awards.

The high-caliber and diverse scope of the nominees reflects how the Internet has become the driving force shaping everything from entertainment to business. Now in its 15th year, The Webby Awards is the world’s leading honors recognizing achievement in Websites, online film and video, mobile and apps, and interactive advertising and media.

In addition to Academy judges like Martha Stewart, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, and Arianna Huffington selecting Webby Awards winners, starting today millions of people around the world will also help decide who takes home a Webby by voting in The Webby People’s Voice Awards presented by AOL. The public has until April 28th to vote at http://webby.aol.com.

Winners will be announced on May 3rd and honored at a star-studded ceremony in New York City on June 13th, where they will deliver five-word speeches in the tradition of past victors like Al Gore (“Please don’t recount this vote.”) and Jimmy Fallon (“Thank God Conan got promoted”). The ceremony will be broadcast live online; viewers at home will have not just a front row seat, but the ability to participate and shape the show as it unfolds.

Many of this year’s nominees represent the sweeping impact of mobile and tablet devices on both culture and commerce, from gaming (Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja) to social networking (foursquare and Flipboard) to entertainment (SoundCloud) and community (Twitter).

Projects featuring a dizzying array of actors, comedians, and musicians, as well as newly minted Web stars, also earned Webby nods. Nominees range from superstars like Justin Bieber (“Justin Bieber Takes Over Funny or Die”), Lisa Kudrow and Meryl Streep (“Web Therapy”), and Jim Carrey (Funny or Die’s “Presidential Reunion”) to Internet breakouts like Antoine Dodson and Auto-tune the News (The Bed Intruder Song) and Isaiah Mustafa (Old Spice Response Campaign) to indie favorites like OK Go for “This Too Shall Pass” and Arcade Fire for “The Wilderness Downtown,” its groundbreaking interactive music video.

Nominees earning multiple nominations include NYTimes.com (18), Funny or Die (10), Google Creative Lab (8), The Guardian (6), BBC (6), CNN (6), NPR (5), MLBAM (5), and TED (5).

“If you want to check the pulse of popular culture, look no further than this year’s Webby Awards nominees,” said David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “Over the past year, the nominees have dominated conversation, entertained us, changed how we work and play, and fueled our imaginations.”

To view/embed video highlighting 2011 Webby nominees:

PricewaterhouseCoopers provides vote tabulation consulting for The Webby Awards.

A list of nominees in popular categories follows:

Best Viral Video
Rated Awesome – The Twitter Movie Trailer
Rated Awesome – The Twitter Movie Trailer

Bed Intruder Song (Auto-tune the News Remix)
Bed Intruder Song (Auto-tune the News Remix)

The Sandpit
The Sandpit

The Digital Story of the Nativity
The Digital Story of the Nativity

Aides Graffiti
Aides Graffiti

Best Individual Performance
Jim Carrey for Funny Or Die’s Presidential Reunion
Jim Carrey for Funny Or Die’s Presidential Reunion

Isabella Rossellini for Green Porno
Isabella Rossellini for Green Porno

Lisa Kudrow for Web Therapy
Lisa Kudrow for Web Therapy

Cheri Oteri for Liza Life Coach (AMCtv.com)
Cheri Oteri for Liza Life Coach (AMCtv.com)

Ralph Macchio for Wax on F*ck Off
Ralph Macchio for Wax on F*ck Off (Funny or Die)

Comedy: Individual Short or Episode
Grammar Nazis by CollegeHumor.com
Grammar Nazis by CollegeHumor.com

Justin Bieber Takes Over Funny Or Die

Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Steve Carell
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Steve Carell

Onion News Network’s “Police Slog Through 40,000 Insipid Party Pics To Find Cause Of Dorm Fire”
Onion News Network’s “Police Slog Through 40,000 Insipid Party Pics To Find Cause Of Dorm Fire”

Kenny Powers Gets Signed by K-Swiss
Kenny Powers Gets Signed by K-Swiss

Comedy: Long Form or Series
Funny Or Die’s Presidential Reunion
Funny Or Die’s Presidential Reunion

Web Therapy
Web Therapy

30 Rock: Frank vs. Lutz
30 Rock: Frank vs. Lutz

The Office: The 3rd Floor Webseries
The Office: The 3rd Floor Webseries

The Muppets Kitchen with Cat Cora
The Muppets Kitchen with Cat Cora

Best Video Remixes/Mashups
“Press Hop 2″ by DJ Steve Porter & SportsNation
“Press Hop 2″ by DJ Steve Porter & SportsNation

Girls Are Bad At Sound Effects
Girls Are Bad At Sound Effects

The Office Fanisode
The Office Fanisode

CNN Walk Around the World
CNN Walk Around the World

KT Tunstall “Glamour Puss” KollaboraTive Music Video
KT Tunstall “Glamour Puss” KollaboraTive Music Video

Best Viral Marketing
OK Go “This Too Shall Pass”
OK Go “This Too Shall Pass”

Old Spice Response Campaign
Old Spice Response Campaign

Mad Men Yourself
Mad Men Yourself

True Blood Live Feed
True Blood Live Feed

Google Translate for Animals
Google Translate for Animals

Best Music
Arcade Fire- The Wilderness Downtown
Arcade Fire- The Wilderness Downtown

The Johnny Cash Project
The Johnny Cash Project

Thomas Dolby – ‘The Toadlickers’
Thomas Dolby – ‘The Toadlickers’

SOUR ‘Mirror’
SOUR ‘Mirror’

The Sandpit
The Sandpit

Best Web Personality
Rahab Elewaly for Making Movement
Rahab Elewaly for Making Movement

David Pogue
David Pogue

Justine Ezarik for iJustine
Justine Ezarik for iJustine

Zach Galifianakis for Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis
Zach Galifianakis for Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis

Clara Cannucciari for Great Depression Cooking with Clara
Clara Cannucciari for Great Depression Cooking with Clara

Best Drama
Out With Dad
Out With Dad

Anyone But Me
Anyone But Me

Urban Wolf
“Urban Wolf” an original web series thriller from Crackle.com

Diary of a Single Mom
Diary of a Single Mom

Eastenders E20
Eastenders E20

Best Weird
The Daily What
The Daily What

Awkward Family Photos
Awkward Family Photos

What the Fuck Should I Make for Dinner?

rathergood.com
rathergood.com

Most Awesomest Thing Ever
Most Awesomest Thing Ever

Best Humor
Funny Or Die
Funny Or Die

The Onion
The Onion

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

ComedyCentral.com
Comedy Central.com

CollegeHumor.com
CollegeHumor.com

Best Community
Twitter
Twitter

Tumblr
Tumblr

COLOURlovers :: Color + Design Community
COLOURlovers :: Color + Design Community

Cuteness.com Pet Community
Cuteness.com Pet Community

OpenIDEO
OpenIDEO

Best Practices
NYTimes.com
NYTimes.com

Dropbox
Dropbox

Hulu
Hulu

Skype
Skype

guardian.co.uk
guardian.co.uk

Best Retail
Groupon
Groupon

Living Social
LivingSocial

Zappos.com
Zappos.com

MOO.com
MOO.COM

Nike Golf
Nike Golf

Best Celebrity/Fan
U2 Official Website
U2 Official Website

WonderWall
WonderWall

Jay-Z Hits Collection Vol. 1
Jay-Z Hits Collection Vol. 1

Team Coco
Team Coco

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Official Website
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Official Website

Best Mobile Games (Handheld Devices)
Angry Birds
Angry Birds

Fruit Ninja
Fruit Ninja

FarmVille on iPhone
FarmVille on iPhone

Grover’s Number Special
Grover’s Number Special

AMCtv.com — Mad Men Cocktail Culture App
AMCtv.com — Mad Men Cocktail Culture App

Best Mobile Social (Handheld Devices)
foursquare
foursquare

Chase QuickPay on Mobile Browser
Chase QuickPay on Mobile Browser

Nike+ GPS
Nike+ GPS

EpicMix
EpicMix

Android TweetDeck
Android TweetDeck

Best Mobile Music (Handheld Devices)
SoundCloud
SoundCloud

Pandora app
Pandora App

SoundHound, Inc
SoundHound, Inc

Music in the Cloud for iPhone and Android
Music in the Cloud for iPhone and Android

VEVO Mobile
VEVO Mobile

Best Social (Tablet Devices & All Other Devices)
Flipboard
Flipboard

Gowalla
Gowalla

HootSuite Mobile Social Media Dashboard
HootSuite Mobile Social Media Dashboard

Match.com for iPad
Match.com for iPad

Copia for iPad
Copia for iPad

To view/embed video highlighting 2011 Webby nominees: http://youtu.be/9VyRflebBSU

To view/embed video highlighting 2011 Webby nominees with intro by Jake & Amir: http://www.webbyawards.com/press/nominee-announcement.php

For list of all Webby Awards nominees: http://www.webbyawards.com/webbys/current.php?season=15

To vote in the Webby People’s Voice Awards: http://webby.aol.com

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