Vice big winner at Webby Awards


Vice Magazine was the big winner at this years Webby Awards, often dubbed the Oscars of the internt, scooping 10 awards ahead of the BBC, BuzzFeed and the New York Times.


The Webbys, which are presented in two versions – a “People’s Voice” based on a public vote and a Webby award based on the decision of a judging panel – are designed to recognise “excellence on the internet”.

Half of Vice’s award wins were down to public votes.

The awards given to Vice by the judges were for the best individual episode and series in the documentary category, both best sports and best fashion and beauty website awards, and best scripted branded content for its Before the Dawn shorts promoting the Planet of the Apes film reboot.

Vice’s sponsored videos promoting Dawn of the Planet of the Apes won the People’s Voice and the judged categories at the Webbys.

Vice won the People’s Voice awards for best series and individual episode in the news and politics category – both for its reporting from Russia and the invasion of Ukraine – as well as documentary series, best editorial writing and best scripted branded

Vice’s coverage of Ukraine won two People’s Voice awards.The BBC won both the Webby award and People’s Voice award in the social media, news and information category, while BuzzFeed won best news app.

The New York Times and tech-blog-turned-general-news-site Mashable picked up four awards apiece.
The Guardian won a Webby award award for its Psst! Your phone is snooping on you video and the People’s Voice award for interactive video for Seven Deadly Digital Sins, created in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada.

Hannibal Buress will be hosting a digital awards ceremony after being honored at this year’s Shorty Awards. The internet comedian is set to host the 19th Annual Webby Awards at Cipriani Wall Street, which will be available to watch online at WebbyAwards.comstarting at 9am ET, May 19.

Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” getting a big round of applause with its two leads winning for best actress (Ellie Kemper) and best actor (Tituss Burgess).

Netflix also provided a digital stage for the Webby’s outstanding comedic performance winner, Chelsea Peretti, for her stand-up special, “Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats.”

As for platforms, Funny or Die, which provided the below video of Buress hosting the “Deep Webbys” (he really is the internet’s favorite comedian), won a Webby for humor. Meanwhile, HBO Go won in the media streaming category—perhaps that bodes well for HBO Now—with Hulu Plus getting the people’s vote.

Winners for the 2015 Webby Awards were announced Monday. According to a press release, Vice Media won 10 awards, and The New York Times and Mashable both won four.

Key winners are below:

Web: Best use of photography – Mashable
Web: Best writing, editorial – The New Yorker
Web: Blog, cultural – The Upshot, The New York Times
Web: Fashion and beauty – Vice Media
Web: Magazine – The New Yorker
Web: News – The New York Times
Web: Radio and podcasts- KCRW
Mobile sites and apps: (News) Handheld devices-BuzzFeed App
Online film and video: News and information – HuffPost Live

You can find the complete list here.

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