megasoft: The 13th Annual Webby Celebration took place in NY on June 8, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The 13th Annual Webby Celebration took place in NY on June 8, 2009

Jimmy Fallon accepted his Webby Person of the Year Award with a nod to his Late Night predecessor, saying “Thank God Conan got promoted.” The talk show host won the award—considered the Internet’s version of an Oscar—for using the Web, including a blog and Twitter, to interact with fans and prepare for his Late Night takeover.

Before the ceremony, held in New York City on June 8, Fallon elaborated on Conan O’Brien’s promotion and his first week as host of The Tonight Show. “Loved it. It’s a good lead-in for us,” Fallon said. “It’s strong, it’s young, and our numbers are staying strong.”

Fallon’s former SNL castmate, Seth Meyers, hosted the ceremony for the second consecutive year and talked about the Webbys' growing popularity. “I know it’ll really be a big deal when I’m no longer a big enough name to host it,” he joked.

Other winners included Lisa Kudrow
for her comedic performance as Dr. Fiona Wallace in online series Web Therapy, about a therapist who video chats with her patients. But Kudrow hopes e-therapy doesn’t become the next Twitter. “A therapist doing online therapy…to do three five-minute sessions? It’s a really bad idea!” she said.

Sarah Silverman took home the best actress prize for her two of her viral videos, the YouTube hit “I’m F----ing Matt Damon” and her call-to-action commercial “The Great Schlep,” which asked Jewish kids to visit their grandparents in Florida and convince them to vote for Barack Obama.

And since the Webby’s celebrate everything online, Arianna Huffington, who won for best political blog, used her five-word speech to defend’s domination over print media: “I didn’t kill newspapers, OK?”

No comments:

Post a Comment