Webby Award winners announced
Over a decade after it debuted on Saturday Night Live, Will Ferrell’s George W. Bush impression is still paying dividends. The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences announced today that Ferrell had nabbed a Webby Award for Best Individual Performance in an online video; the clip in question, which appeared on Ferrell’s site Funny or Die, shows Ferrell’s Bush learning about the death of Osama Bin Laden.
Ferrell wasn’t the only big name to score a spiral-shaped Webby. Icelandic fairy Bjork won a Special Recognition Award for Artist of the Year, while Graydon Sheppard and Juliette Lewis of the “S— Girls Say” videos got cited as Actresses of the Year — despite the fact that Sheppard isn’t actually a girl. Funny or Die’s “Drunk History Christmas,” which featured performances by Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, and Jim Carrey, won for Best Online Film or Video Comedy, although none of those stars received individual awards. New essentials Pinterest and Spotify won for top social media site and music app, respectively. The adorable Sesame Street Muppets page was named Best Youth Website.
But the biggest winner was comic’s comic Louis C.K., whom the Webbys named their “Person of the Year.” C.K. set a new precedent for comedy distribution when he decided to sell his “Live at the Beacon Theater” comedy special on his own website for just $5. Within two weeks, the special had raked in over $2 million; comedians like Aziz Ansari have subsequently followed the Louie star’s lead.
Get a complete list of winners at the Webbys’ own site. The awards ceremony, hosted by comedian Patton Oswalt, will take place Monday, May 21 in New York City.
And, just for fun, here’s Ferrell’s winning clip: