The Webby Awards, said to be the “Internet’s Oscars,” were announced today. The annual (the thirteenth) Webby Awards honor excellence on the Internet including Websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video and Mobile Websites (about 70 categories in all).
The Webby Awards are judged by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization that includes David Bowie, Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf, RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser, Matt Groening, Arianna Huffington, AKQA global creative director Rei Inamoto, Jamie Oliver and Harvey Weinstein.
Special Achievement Awards were given to:
- Webby Artist of the Year: Trent Reznor
- Webby Person of the Year: Jimmy Fallon
- Webby Breakout of the Year: Twitter
- Best Actress: Sarah Silverman
- Outstanding Comedic Performance: Lisa Kudrow
- Film & Video Person of the Year: Seth MacFarlane
You'll want to go the Webby Awards Web site to see the list of winners and nominees. No surprise: Several iPhone apps were top picks. Here are the winning Webby Awards in the mobile category:
Best Use of GPS or Location Technology
Webby Award Winner: Adidas Marathon Run Tracker
People's Voice Winner: Palringo Local
Webby Award Winner: NPR iPhone Site (iPhone app)
People's Voice Winner: Stitcher -- (iPhone app)