IAWTV-Logo-web The International Academy of Web Television Academy Awards is underway (2nd annual), and this is a blast! (Zennie62 coverage by Tout.com ) Paul Gantonis is the Chairman of IAWTV, who says that over 500 web TV series have been established. And he says that there are a 1,000 new web series forecast to be created within the next year. The next year.

Oh, here’s the live stream (over 12,000 viewers, too!):

IAWTV Awards Live Stream 2013 by IAWTV

..But hink about that.

And while you’re thinking about that, consider that

What I love is this is a celebration of ordinary people finding their bliss.

First Awards:

Best Educational Web Series
Engineer Your Space
Infinite Thinking Machine
Lovely Lady Cakes TV
The Digits

Winner: Engineer Your Space.

Best News Web Series
Around the World
Tech News Today
The Philip DeFranco Show
This Week in Tech

Winner: The Philip DeFranco Show

Congrats to Phil DeFranco; Lindsey, Phil’s girlfriend, showed up to accept the award for Phil, who’s not here. Where are ya dude?

Best Variety Show
Elders React
Kids React
Rhett and Link
The Angle Show

Rhett and Link win for this category, and over iJustine, unbelievably.

Best Cinematography
Jay Ferguson and Robert Barnett, Guidestones
Marco Mazzei, 10,000 Days
Brett Pawlak, H+: The Digital Series
Jason Ryan and Michael Flores, Western X
Sean Stiegemeier, Drone

Winner: Brett Pawlak, H+: The Digital Series

And guess what? Brett Pawlak’s not here either, but John Cabreara is.

Best Original Music
Damon Criswell, Continuum
Tyler Durham, Epilogue the Series
Rob Gokee, Cost of Capital
Mike Jackson, AIDAN 5
Joseph LoDuca, 10,000 Days

Winner: Rob Gokee, Cost of Capital – who’s not here, and won last year.

Best Editing
Anthony Baird and Thomas Smalley, Guidestones
Alexander Barnett, SYD2030
Blake Calhoun, Continuum
Desmond Dolly, Video Game High School
Eric Won, The Division

Winner: Blake Calhoun, Continuum – And Blake’s here to accept the award!

Best Writing (Comedy)
Brad Bell & Jane Espenson, Husbands
Scott Brown, Stockholm
Matt Enlow, Squaresville
Jeff Lewis, The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour
Gabe Uhr, My Gimpy Life

Winner: Matt Enlow, Squaresville – Matt’s here to accept the award!

Best Writing (Drama)
Ben Bays, AIDAN 5
Yuri Baranovsky and Vlad Baranovsky, Leap Year
Blake Calhoun, Continuum
Christopher Kubasik, The Booth at the End, Season 2
Dylan Kussman, The Steps

Winner: Christopher Kubasik, The Booth at the End, Season 2

Best Writing (Non-Fiction)
Felicia Day, The Flog
Philip DeFranco, The Philip DeFranco Show
Grace Helbig, DailyGrace
Harry Jay Knowles and Brett A. Hart, Ain’t it Cool with Harry Knowles
Mark Malkoff, Celebrity Sleepovers
Jason Rovou, Larry King Now

Winner: Felicia Day, The Flog – who’s here and who’s the CES Entertainment Matters Brand Ambassador! Felicia thanks YouTube (as do I) for allowing all of us to make shows and be yourself vlogging.

Best Costume Design
Greg Aronowitz, Save the Supers
The League of S.T.E.A.M, The League of S.T.E.A.M.
Rita Riggs and Shawnelle Cherry, 10,000 Days
Lino Stavole and Stephanie Stevens, Shelf Life
Kristen Nedopak, The Skyrim Parodies

Winner: The League of S.T.E.A.M, The League of S.T.E.A.M. – and here they come to get their award! And dressed in steampunk!

Best Makeup/Special Effects
Bandersnatch Studios, JourneyQuest Season 2
Michael Del Rossa, Bite Me Season 2
Katrina Francis and David “House” Greathouse, AIDAN 5
Nathan Shelton, Epilogue the Series
The League of S.T.E.A.M., The League of S.T.E.A.M.

Winner: The League of S.T.E.A.M., The League of S.T.E.A.M. – AGAIN. The first dual winner of the evening.

Best Visual Effects (Digital)
Ben Brown and Shawn Likley, AIDAN 5
Element X Creative and Chad Briggs, Continuum
Ian Kirby, Chris van Dyck and Caleb Bouchard, H The Digital Series
Paul Lowey, Black Box TV
Written By A Kid, Written By A Kid

Winner: Element X Creative and Chad Briggs, Continuum

Best Design (Art Direction/Production)
Andres Cubillan, H+: The Digital Series
Mimi Gramatky, 10,000 Days
Jason Mowry, AIDAN 5
Eric Whitney, Continuum
The League of S.T.E.A.M., The League of S.T.E.A.M.

Winner: Eric Whitney, Continuum – the second for that show. Eric’s not here to accept the award.

Best Male Performance (Comedy)
Zack Gold (Danny), Stockholm
Sean Hemeon (Brady Kelly), Husbands
Jeff Lewis (Jeff), The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour
Jesse Lee Keeter (Brian ‘Glitch’ Banner), Glitch
Brent Spiner (Brent Spiner), Fresh Hell

Winner: Jeff Lewis (Jeff), The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour – who says that he has a two-year-old and a baby on the way, and this is better than that!

Best Female Performance (Comedy)
Stacy McQueen (Annette Champagne), Pretty
Teal Sherer (Teal), My Gimpy Life
Kylie Sparks (Esther), Squaresville
Alessandra Torresani (Haley), Husbands
Mary Kate Wiles (Zelda), Squaresville

Winner: Teal Sherer (Teal), My Gimpy Life

This show’s going by really fast.

Best Interactive/Social Media Experience
Dirty Work
Engineer Your Space
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
What’s Trending

Winner: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. A great group of people who make a great show.

Best Supplemental Content
Red vs. Blue

Winner: Red vs. Blue

Best Online Channel
College Humor
Funny Or Die
Geek and Sundry
My Damn Channel
Nerdist Channel

Winner: Nerdist Channel A great YouTube Channel you should check out!

Best Live Event
2nd Annual Indie Intertube Awards
Bill Maher: CrazyStupidPolitics
Live in NYC
Transforming The World through Comedy
We Day Winnipeg 2011

Winner: Bill Maher: CrazyStupidPolitics. The award was picked up by a representative by Yahoo, which hosted the live stream show. Cool, but I have to wonder if this well-moneyed winner’s crowding out lower-budget productions that deserve awards?

Best Directing (Comedy)
Sean Becker, My Gimpy Life
Matt Enlow, Squaresville
Jeff Greenstein, Husbands
Steven Itano Wasserman, Generic Girl
Steve Silverman, Pretty

Winner: Sean Becker, The Flog – who’s here!

Best Directing (Drama)
Eric Small, 10,000 Days
Ben Bays and John Jackson, AIDAN 5
Tina Cesa Ward, Anyone But Me
Jay Ferguson, Guidestones
Eric Won, The Division

Winner: Tina Cesa Ward, Anyone But Me – who’s here!

Best Directing (Non-Fiction)
Sean Becker, The Flog
Jack Ferry, My Damn Channel LIVE
Mark Malkoff, Celebrity Sleepovers
Danny Stolzman, Prodigies
Jeffrey Waldron, REMIXED

Winner: Sean Becker, The Flog – winning for the second time this evening, congrats to Sean!

Best Host (Live)
Kristyn Burtt and AJ Gibson, AfterBuzz TV’s So You Think You Can Dance
Beth Hoyt, My Damn Channel LIVE
Mark Keizer and Wade Major, Stupid For Movies
Leo Laporte, This Week in Tech
Shira Lazar, What’s Trending

Winner: Shira Lazar, What’s Trending – Wow, Shira beat the legendary Leo Laporte, which makes her legendary, right?

Best Host (Taped)
Veronica Belmont, Sword and Laser
Felicia Day, The Flog
Chris Hardwick, All Star Celebrity Bowling
Grace Helbig, DailyGrace
Larry King, Larry King Now

Winner: Grace Helbig, DailyGrace! And she’s here and talking fast – and funny!

Best Hosted (Live) Web Series
AfterBuzz TV’s So You Think You Can Dance
Indie Intertube
My Damn Channel LIVE
Stupid For Movies
What’s Trending

Winner: What’s Trending – Shira wins again! Very good for her! The YouTube Innovation Grant really helped them.

Best Hosted (Taped) Web Series
5 Minute FX
All Star Celebrity Bowling
Weapons of Mass Production

Winner: DailyGrace! Wow, here second award of the night!

Best Documentary Web Series
Blind Judoka
Failure Club
Raising an Olympian

Winner: Prodigies

Best Animated Web Series
Battlefield Friends
Do’s and Don’ts
Electric City
Red vs. Blue

Winner: Red vs. Blue – it’s second of the evening!

Best Male Performance (Drama)
Bryan Michael Block (James Aidan), AIDAN 5
Xander Berkeley (Leed), The Booth at the End, Season 2
Brad Hawkins (Tipton), Continuum
Dylan Kussman (Charlie Madison), The Steps
Tanner Thomason (Charlie Cooper), SYNC

Winner: Xander Berkeley – who’s not…wait someone’s coming to accept the award for him. It’s not him, but that’s cool.

Best Ensemble Performance
Anyone But Me
Leap Year
Out With Dad

Winner: Squaresville

Best Comedy Web Series
My Gimpy Life
The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour
Wainy Days

Winner: Squaresville – another second time winner, tonight!

Best Drama Web Series
H+: The Digital Series
Leap Year
The Booth at the End, Season 2
The Division

Winner: Leap Year! And they’re all here! Here comes the cast to get their award, as The Voice Of God yelps! (Just kidding.)

And that’s that! As all of the people file out past me. Time to party! Congratulations to all of the nominees and the winners!

By Zennie Abraham

Zennie Abraham | Zennie Abraham or "Zennie62" is the founder of Zennie62Media which consists of zennie62blog.com and a multimedia blog news aggregator and video network, and 78-blog network, with social media and content development services and consulting. Zennie is a pioneer video blogger, YouTube Partner, social media practitioner, game developer, and pundit. Note: news aggregator content does not reflect the personal views of Mr. Abraham.