“Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky were among the big winners at the 2019 Webby Awards announced Tuesday morning.
This year’s Webby Awards includes a slate of special achievement honorees, including 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, actor Issa Rae, Glossier founder Emily Weiss, artist Tierra Whack, and “The Daily Show” correspondent Hasan Minhaj.
Disney was named Webby Media Company of the Year, earning the most honors across all categories — 32 in total. National Geographic (17 awards), Google (14 awards), Conde Nast (11 awards) and Vice (11 awards) were the other top contenders for the award.
Presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, the Webby Awards honor online achievement in more than 400 categories spanning websites, entertainment, social media, games and advertising.
Awards will be presented on Monday, May 13 at a ceremony hosted by actress and comedian Jenny Slate in New York. Recipients are limited to five-word acceptance speeches.
See some of the winners below and a complete list here.
Webby Video Person of the Year: Issa Rae for her groundbreaking work with her production house Issa Rae Productions and her ingenious use of the Internet to showcase breakthrough content from diverse creators.
Webby Social Movement of the Year: Greta Thunberg for igniting the #FridaysForFuture global movement for climate justice led by youth activists, and for using the Internet to draw the world’s attention to the urgent issue of climate change.
Webby Artist of the Year: Tierra Whack for making brilliant use of Instagram’s 60-second video limit to create experimental, genre-bending, and imaginative art with her debut album “Whack World” laced with high caliber music and expert art direction.
Webby Special Achievement: Hasan Minhaj for his outstanding work with his Netflix series “Patriot Act.” Where others have struggled to make talk shows succeed on streaming, “Patriot Act” is a dynamic, fast-paced, super-Internetty, funny, deep, and informative show and one of the most exciting recent additions to Netflix.
Webby Entrepreneur of the Year: Emily Weiss for her incredible success using the Internet to create the people-powered, direct-to-consumer company Glossier. A one-time blog now named a Unicorn for its $1.2 billion valuation, Glossier–with Weiss at the helm–has made community engagement core to what the company creates.
Webby Award and Webby People’s Voice Award for Magazine (Websites): The New Yorker
Webby Award for Celebrity/Fan (Social): “The Carter III” Anniversary by Spotify
Webby Award for Best Overall Social Presence – Brand (Social): NASA
Webby Award and Webby People’s Voice Award for Music Video (Video): “This Is America”
Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Use of Machine Learning (Advertising): HBO “Westworld: The Maze”
Webby Award and Webby People’s Voice Award for Athletes & Sports Teams (Social): Gritty
Webby People’s Voice Award for Public Service and Activism (Social): Girls Who Code Sisterh>>d Campaign
Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Editing (Video): Kesha’s “I Need A Woman”
Webby People’s Voice Award for Corporate Social Responsibility (Websites): Patagonia Action Works
Webby Award for News & Magazines (Apps, Mobile Sites, and Voice): The Guardian app for iOS and Android
Webby Award for Health, Fitness & Lifestyle (Voice): Headspace for Alexa
Webby Award for Best Multiplayer/Competitive Games (Games): “Fortnite”
Webby Award for Events & Live Streams (Video): “Will Smith: The Jump”
Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Series (Podcasts): “Serial”
Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Narrative Experience (Video): National Geographic’s First Ever 3D VR Filmed in Space
Webby Award for Best Podcast Series (Podcasts): Slate Magazine’s “Slow Burn” Season 2
Webby Award for Sports (Apps, Mobile, and Voice): The Bleacher Report App
Webby Award for Best Use of Augmented Reality (Games): “The Walking Dead: Our World”
Webby People’s Voice Award for Entertainment (Apps, Mobile, and Voice): Marvel Unlimited
Webby Award for Best Web Personality/Host (Video): Stephen Curry’s “5 Minutes From Home”
Webby Award for Branded Entertainment Viral (Video): “Undercover Lyft” with Chance the Rapper
Webby People’s Voice Award for Comedy: Longform (Video): “Billy on the Street” with Emma Stone
Webby People’s Voice Award for Celebrity/Fan (Social): “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
Webby Award for Best Writing (Performance & Craft): “Deadpool The Musical 2”
Webby Award for Comedy: Team Coco’s “Conan Helps His Assistant Buy a Car” (Video)
Webby Award for Best Influencer Endorsements (Advertising): BBDO New York’s Monica Lewinsky #DefyTheName campaign
Webby Award for Science & Education (Video): The Verge
Webby winners are selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences whose members include Lyft CEO Logan Green, Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani, Twitter founder Biz Stone, actor and activist Jesse Williams, among others.