Nominees for Webbys indicate its maturation

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The 17th annual Webby award nominees were announced Tuesday, and a look at the roster shows just how grown-up the Internet has become in those years: Many of the project creators are established entertainment industry royalty, such as Tom Hanks, "Electric City"; Charlize Theron, "Charlize Theron Gets Hacked"; and Jerry Seinfeld, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."

The Webbys recognize achievements in all aspects of Internet culture, including websites, interactive advertising and media, online film and video, mobile, apps and social.

This year there were more than 11,000 entries, which were winnowed down to five nominees in each category.

Winners will be chosen by the Webby Academy panel. The Webby awards show will broadcast online on May 22.

And there will be a second set of winners -- the Webby People's Voice Awards, which are chosen through online voting, which starts today and continues through April 25.

Among the nominees:

Individual Performance: "Burning Love," "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," "Jean Dujardin's Villain Auditions," "Charlize Theron Gets Hacked" and Lena Dunham's "Your First Time" ad for Obama for America.

Comedy Longform or Series: "Burning Love," "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," "Neil's Puppet Dreams," "Clueless Gamer" with Conan O'Brien and "Bad Lip Reading."

Drama: "Electric City," "Cuckoo," "The Walking Dead: Cold Storage," "The Beauty Inside" and "Chasing the Hill."

Web Personality/Host: Mike Rugnetta -- PBS Idea Channel, Lauren Berlingeri -- "Woman v. Workout," Mike O'Brien -- "7 Minutes in Heaven," "Chris Hardwick's All Star Celebrity Bowling," "Fresh off the Boat" with Eddie Huang.

Art: Cindy Sherman, New Museum, MOMA -- Century of the Child, Guggenheim Blogs, The Creators Project.

NetArt: Chrome Experiments 500, Chrome Web Lab, ASCII Street View, Bear 71 and Form Follows Function.

Entertainment for Tablet: The Onion, Funny or Die, Metropole Tweetphony, GIRLS and True Blood Social Media Makers Day.

Mobile Media Streaming: HBO GO, Songza, iPlayer Radio, Hulu Plus and Netflix App.

To see a complete list of nominees, go to:


Adrian McCoy: or 412-263-1865.


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