The Webby Awards are sometimes referred to as the Oscars of the internet, because they are dedicated to honouring achievements in the web space. The crowd is always an interesting mix of people – from YouTube sensations to online retailers and even Buzz Aldrin.
Last year, the highlight was a live performance starring internet sensation Antoine Dodson. He did a rendition of the infamous Bed Intruder song that was created out of a news story and went viral last year.
Unlike the Oscars, which often have problems of acceptance speeches running overtime, The Webbies gets around this by having a 5-word limit for winner’s speeches. This year Bjork accepted her award for Artist of The Year by recited the vows A, E, I, O, U on stage, whilst wearing an interesting textured dress from couture designer Iris Van Herpen’s fall 2011 collection.
There was also a special tribute to Steve Jobs, which was presented by John Hodgman and Justin Long from Apple’s “Get a Mac” campaign, and a video tribute that included messages from Obama, Bono and Bill Clinton.
Cult actor Patton Oswalt hosted the event, with guest presenters including everyone from Spike Lee to Scott Schuman.
In the fashion category, the Webby for the best beauty and cosmetics website went to Yves Saint Laurent. Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio took out the award for best fashion website, while Vogue.com received the People’s Voice Award for the second year.
Unfortunately Anna Wintour was not in attendance this year. She gave a very memorable acceptance speech last year, with the statement, “sometimes geeks can be chic.”
Indeed they can