The big winners of the night were Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and The Guild and both Joss Whedon and Felicia Day provided moving acceptance speeches that inspired the audience and legitimized the art and craft of the independent web series producer.
Day called herself, "a square peg and I’ve been trying to fit into a round Hollywood hole for a very long time" and thanked all the Hollywood establishment for beating her down and forcing her to pick up a pen and write her own web series. Whedon referred to himself as “the establishment guy" noting that while the television industry is in a funky state, web television is on the rise and web series producers are the pioneers "of what’s going to be not just the new media, but the media."
Tubefilter's Marc Hustvedt noted that,"For the thousands of people who tuned in to the live stream of the show, they may not have realized they were a part of history, watching the first ever professionally produced awards show live streamed to the internet. Viewers from all over the world watched, without any distribution restrictions, and shared the play-by-play with constant flow of tweets and updates."
Original episodic web television has grown up in a short time and is now recognized as a respected and legitimate art form. The Streamy Awards has set a new precedent and Jamison Tilsner said it best in post today that the Streamy Award winners celebrated the arrival of open entertainment, "The list of artists below represents the unique, outstanding, commercially viable entertainment industry that’s thriving on a totally open medium with limitless possibilities. The Streamy Awards Ceremony highlighted the new power dynamic in the entertainment industry within which creators, studios, agents, guilds and advertisers have begun to operate."
Congratulations to all the award winners, nominees, the organizers Tubefilter, Tilzy.tv, NewTeeVee and all the sponsors!
Here's the official list compliments of Tubefilter News:
The Official Winners of the 1st Annual Streamy Awards - March 28, 2009
Best Comedy Web Series
Best Dramatic Web Series
Best Hosted Web Series
Best Reality or Documentary Web Series
Best News or Politics Web Series
Audience Choice Award for Best Web Series
Best Directing for a Comedy Web Series
Best Directing for a Dramatic Web Series
Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy
Best Male Actor in a Comedy Web Series
Best Female Actor in a Comedy Web Series
Best Male Actor in a Dramatic Web Series
Alessandro Juliani — (Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy)
Best Female Actor in a Dramatic Web Series
Best Ensemble Cast in a Web Series
Best Guest Star in a Web Series
Best Web Series Host
Best Editing (*)
Best Cinematography (*)
Best Art Direction (*)
Best Visual Effects (*)
Best Animation in a Web Series
Best Original Music (*)
Best Ad Integration in a Web Series
Best Artistic Concept in a Web Series (*)
* indicates awards presented at the Craft Awards reception on March 26, 2009.
Back stage coverage of 1st Annual Streamy Awards | 12seconds.tv (beta):
Felicia Day by TheBuiBrothers.com
Neil Patrick Harris by WireImage.com
Stay tuned for more StreamyAwards coverage in the coming days.