"Burning Love," "Epic Rap Battles of History" and "Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn" took top awards on Sunday at the Streamy Awards, which honored the year’s best in online video.
Few of the top winners competed against one another, as producers Tubefilter and Dick Clark Productions gave out 35 awards spanning comedy, drama, music, live event and several other genres.
"Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn" and "Burning Love" won the most awards overall with four apiece, as "Halo" took top drama series and "Burning Love" took top comedy series. "Halo," released in advance of a new version of the popular video game, also won for cinematography, production design and editing — all announced before the show.
"Burning Love," which parodied "The Bachelor," earned show co-creator Ken Marino (left with wife and co-creator Erica Oyama) the award for Best Male Performance in a Comedy. The show also won for Best Ensemble Cast and Ken Jeong won a pre-announced award for Best Guest Appearance.
Marino chugged an entire drink upon winning the Series award, thanking the Streamys for a cash bar and commenters who think the show is real.
No one show dominated in any category, and on the drama side, different shows won for writing, actor, actress and series.
The top winners were a mix of YouTube stalwarts like Phil DeFranco and KassemG, who boast millions of subscribers on the web video portal, and studio-backed shows like “H+ The Digital Series” and “Burning Love.”
DeFranco has been making video blogs on his YouTube channel since 2006, around the same time Warner Bros. began laying the ground work for "H+," produced by "X-Men" director Bryan Singer and directed by Stewart Hendler.
Chris Hardwick hosted the Streamys, which took place at the Palladium in Hollywood. The co-founder of Nerdist Industries spent his monologue underscoring the need for the show's existence, rebuking “big media” with one hand and praising the audience with the other.
“I wanted to host this show because I have a YouTube channel; I make web videos and I understand how hard it is,” he said. “TV is easy compared to web. It just has to be watchable. Web video has to be shareable,” he said.
“Side note big media companies: Stop asking people to make viral videos."
Hardwick couldn’t resist poking fun at the show itself, which took place in 2009 and 2010 but then took three years off after a calamitous show in 2010.
“Annual is a funny name for a show that hasn’t been here in three years,” Hardwick joked. “We’ve moved on. This is a new Streamys. The show has evolved. The show has grown up.”
In many ways it has. Everyone from Larry King to George Takei of “Star Trek” fame presented awards, and the show went off without a hitch. It featured performances from Soulja Boy, Vanilla Ice, Shontelle and Boyce Avenue, and, get this, ended on time.
Here's the full list of winners:
Audience Choice for Series of the Year: "SourceFed"
Audience Choice for Personality of the Year: Grace Helbig
Best Drama Series: “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”
Best Animated Series: Tom Hanks’ Electric Series
Best Action or Sci-Fi Series: “H+ The Digital Series”
Best Comedy Series: "Burning Love"
Best Host: KassemG, “CaliforniaOn”
Best Direction: Stewart Hendler, “H+ The Digital Series”
Best Female Performance – Comedy: Hannah Hart, "My Drunk Kitchen"
Best Male Performance – Comedy: Ken Marino, “Burning Love”
Best Female Performance – Drama: Missy Peregrym, "Cybergeddon"
Best Male Performance – Drama: Xander Berkeley, “The Booth at the End”
Best Ensemble Cast: “Burning Love”
Best Online Musician: Peter Shukoff AKA Nice Peter, “Epic Rap Battles of History”
Best Writing – Comedy: Bernie Su, “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries”
Best Writing — Drama: Tony Valenzuela, “Black Box TV”
Best DIY or How-To Series: “Masterclass”
Best Guest Appearance: Ken Jeong, “Burning Love”
Best Original Song: Peter Shukoff, Lloyd Ahlquist, “Steve Jobs vs. Bill Gates”
Best News & Culture Series: “The Philip DeFranco Show”
Best Live Event: “Red Bull Stratos”
Best Non-Fiction or Reality Series: “Kids React”
Best Live Series: "What's Trending with Shira Lazar"
Best Branded Entertainment Series: “Leap Year”
Best Music Series: “Epic Rap Battles of History”
Best First-Person Series: “DailyGrace”
Best International Series: “Travel Story”
Best Derivative Series: “The Walking Dead ‘Cold Storage’”
Best Interactive Program: “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries”
Best Production Design: Kasra Farahani: “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”
Best Editing: Michael Louis Hill, “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”
Best Cinematography: Brett Pawlak, “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”
Best Visual Effects: Oliver Hotz, Matthew A. Rubin, “DR0NE”
Best Use of Fashion & Design: Mary Gutfleisch, “Epic Rap Battles of History”
Best Choreography: Lindsey Stirling, “Lindsey Stirling”