A sampler of Webby winners, including ‘Between Two Ferns,’ ‘Badland,’ and ‘Happy’

Martha Stewart: media maven, lifestyle expert, Webby award-winner, with Stephen Colbert. (AP Photo/Anders Krusberg, The Martha Stewart Show)

The 18th annual Webby award winners have been announced. The actual awards ceremony, hosted by Patton Oswalt, takes place May 19, and will be available for online viewing May 20. There are more than 100 categories, so recipients are limited to five-word acceptance speeches. You can check out the full list of honorees at webbyawards.com/winners.

The awards honor the best of web and feature two components: the Webbys, which are selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Webby People’s Voice Awards, chosen by popular vote by the Internet. Past honorees have included David Bowie, Ariana Huffington, and Kevin Spacey.

Here are some of the recipients:

Best Use of Interactive Video24 hours of Happy

It was so happy, it made Pharrell and Oprah both cry. That interview also spawned that unfortunate “new black” commentary. Let’s just think about Congressman John Lewis dancing to “Happy,” k?

Games (Tablet & All Other Devices) – Badland

Navigate through post-apocalyptic swampland, created by Frogmind Games, with a little round creature, who, inexplicably, has wings that seem way too small for its body. It’s simple and addictive. Plus, the graphics are engaging and creepy.

Corporate Social Responsibility – Google+

Google+ hangouts allowed French couples to be married by a Belgian mayor. Same-sex marriage is not recognized in France, but it is in Belgium. So the Belgian mayor marries the elderly couple via video conference. Sure the company’s been trolling through your email, but they’re all for love and stuff. So, even Stevens, right? This also won in the Reality and Best Use of Social Media categories.


Maybe next year, Goop.

Community – Tumblr

Looks like Yahoo managed to acquire the site without ruining it.

Media Streaming – HBO Go

Well, when you’re so popular that you consistently crash from traffic, that probably says something. “True Detective” and “Game of Thrones” were big successes for HBO, even if everyone couldn’t watch at the same time.

Personal blog/Website – Reasons My Son Is Crying

It’s only cruel if you don’t wipe their tears. Besides, someone needed to expose just how much toddlers are allergic to logic and reason, amirite?

Best Individual Performance Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (season two)

Jerry Seinfeld’s show featured Chris Rock, Seth Meyers, Don Rickles, Gad Elmaleh, David Letterman, and Sarah Silverman. Maybe he can just break the Webby in pieces.

Comedy: Long Form or Series – Between Two Ferns: Justin Bieber

The opening alone was gold:

Zach Galifianakis: “Thank you, Justin, for being on. It’s really exciting to talk to you, especially right in the middle of your public meltdown.”

Bieber: “…”

Soraya Nadia McDonald covers arts, entertainment and culture for the Washington Post with a focus on issues surrounding race, gender and sexuality.



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