A-list celebrities and Internet personalities alike came together for The 15th Annual Webby Awards last night in New York City, hosted by Lisa Kudrow.
According to Fox News, The Webbys have been called the “Oscars of the Internet,” and celebrate the online success of “websites, interactive advertising & media, online film & video, and mobile & apps.”
Kudrow’s sense of humor kept the event interesting, along with the fact that all the acceptance speeches were asked to be kept to five words or less, a challenge that led to both creative and peculiar results. Though to help winners who wanted a “little more time in the spotlight,” Kudrow jokingly recommended the five longest words in the English language.
Notable winners (and their speeches) included Adrian Grenier for his environmental lifestyle website, Shift, who said “The shifts hit the fan,” and Dan Savage of the “It Gets Better” project who proclaimed “Tracy Morgan can suck my… .”
Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, who accepted the People’s Voice award in the fashion category announced “Sometimes, geeks can be chic,” while Groupon CEO Andrew Mason revealed “It’s short for group coupon.”
Not everyone played by the five word rules, including one of the night’s biggest winners, the creators of Funny or Die, Chris Henchy, Adam McKay and the virtually-present Will Ferrell, who delivered a haiku too far over the syllable limit to count. Even Kudrow herself, who won for her “Web Therapy” series, couldn’t restrain her verbosity.
Needless to say, we’re already waiting for our invitation to next year’s Webbys and brainstorming ideas for our acceptance speech! We plan on breaking rules.
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