The 15th annual Webby Awards, held Monday night in New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, honored the best of the Internet, including Websites, interactive advertising and media, online film and video, and mobile and apps. Acceptance speeches are known for being a quick thank you to a bunch of people you don’t know, right? We ll not at the Webby’s. Speeches from the winners have a limit of 5 words or less which makes for some of the most comedic speeches I’ve heard in a while.
Will Ferrell, who won along with his Funny or Die co-founders Adam McKay and Chris Henchy, went way over the limit with Ferrell accepting via video for Webby Film & Person of the Year. Ferrell decided to perform a haiku in place of an acceptance speech.
Dan Savage won for his It Gets Better Project, which aims to prevent suicide among LGBT youth, had perhaps one of the most memorable acceptance speeches of the night.
“Tracy Morgan can suck my …,” he said of the 30 Rock star who has been making headlines for his recent anti-gay tirade.
My favorites included:
- Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, accepting the award for best fashion website: “Sometimes geek can be chic.”
- IBM supercomputer Watson, named person of the year: “Person of the Year. Ironic.”
- James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem for artist of the year: “Thanks, this is deeply weird.”
- Groupon CEO Andrew Mason: “It’s short for group coupon.”
- Martin Cooper, inventor of the mobile phone, for his special recognition award: “Can you hear me now?”
- Wieden + Kennedy for agency of the year: “Anonymous, we thank you, anonymously.”
- Chris Milk for online film and video music award: “Sinners make the best saints.”
- Peter Vesterbacka, creator of Angry Birds, for Webby and people’s voice awards: “Get those pigs!!!”
Winners Justin Bieber, Jim Carrey, Conan O’Brien, and Arcade Fire were unable to attend.