Netflix wins four Webbys in 2015 awards
James R | On 28, Apr 2015
Netflix has nabbed four Webbys in the 2015 awards. The 19th annual ceremony, which will take place on 18th May, will see the VOD giant win prizes for both its talent and its overall service.
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will take home two prizes, for both Best Actress and Best Actor, as Ellie Kemper (who plays the titular Kimmy) and Tituss Burgess (who plays roommate Titus Andromedon) are honoured for their turns in Netflix’s newest sitcom.
Chelsea Peretti will also be recognized for her Netflix special Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats with the Webby for Outstanding Comedic Performance.
Other winners from this year’s line-up range from Buzzfeed and Jimmy Fallon to Vice, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Grumpy Cat.
The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) judges – including Conan O’Brien, Tumblr founder David Karp, Arianna Huffington, YouTube star and video artist Freddie Wong, Internet inventor Vint Cerf, and Harvard Professor Susan P. Crawford – selected this year’s Webby Award winners for outstanding achievement across multiple categories. 500,000 Internet fans from over 200 countries also contributed their votes for the Winners of the Webby People’s Voice Awards.
Every year, IADAS also celebrates the work of individuals who demonstrate exemplary commitment to digital innovation by honoring them with Special Achievement Awards. Joining the ranks of Al Gore, Lawrence Lessig, Banksy, David Bowie, Tim Berners-Lee, Amy Poehler, and Jerry Seinfeld are social media artist Jerome Jarre, for his use of Vine and Snapchat as a means for personal and artistic expression, and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which will receive a Special Achievement award for its role in raising unprecedented awareness – and more than $220 million – for the fight against ALS.
Wired Co-Founders Louis Rossetto and Jane Metcalfe will be honored with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award for their role in founding Wired Magazine.
In Entertainment, Jimmy Fallon will be presented with the Webby Award and People’s Voice for Best Entertainment App and a Webby Award for Best Television Website, while rival host Jimmy Kimmel will win the Webby Award in the Comedy category in the Online Film & Video category for his “Mean Tweets”, a Webby Award and People’s Voice Award for his “Halloween Candy Prank” in the Viral and Branded Entertainment categories in Online Film & Video.
CollegeHumor will be awarded both the Webby Award and People’s Voice award for Best Individual Performance and Best Writing categories for “If Google Was A Guy”, while Funny or Die will bag its third Webby for best Humor Website.
Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube will win the Webby Award for the Best How-to & DIY in the Online Film & Video category, while Grumpy Cat will sink its claws into the Webby Award and People’s Voice Award in the Best Animals Social category.
HBO GO will win the Webby Award for Best Media Streaming Website, as HBO makes a move into the OTT streaming space to provide Game of Thrones to users in the US and other countries without contracts.
Hulu will win a Webby Award and People’s Voice Award for the Best Streaming Video Mobile App and a Webby Award for Best Media Streaming Website.
Netflix has also proved popular among audiences as well as judges, picking up the People’s Special Achievement Webby to top off its already sizeable horde.
#LikeAGirl will take home the most Webbys (11), alongside educational video resource TED, followed closely by VICE Media, which will be given 10 awards.
The ceremony, which will be hosted by comedian Hannibal Buress, will be available to watch on-demand at webbyawards.com from 9 am ET on Tuesday 19th May.
For a full list of winners, click here.
Photo: Eric Liebowitz courtesy of Netflix