Shorty Awards 2015: Nominees Include Shonda Rhimes, Chris Pratt, Laverne Cox (Exclusive)

Shonda Rhimes, Chris Pratt and Laverne Cox
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Taylor Swift, Anna Kendrick, Neil Patrick Harris and Mark Ruffalo are also noted as top social media content producers, while 'Serial' joins the race for top podcast.

Finalists for the 7th annual Shorty Awards — highlighting the best content across Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Vine and the rest of the social media landscape — are officially out, with Neil Patrick Harris, Laverne Cox, Anna Kendrick, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pratt, Shonda Rhimes, Taylor Swift and Mark Ruffalo among this year's nominees.

Additionally, the TV shows with noteworthy social content for the year include Pretty Little Liars, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Girls, The Quest, Supernatural, Faking It and Orphan Black, while Serial joins the race for top podcast. 

Founded and produced by Sawhorse Media, the Shorty Awards will be held on April 20 at the New York Times Center and will be available via live stream at ShortyAwards.com. Finalists in each category — recognizing content for sports, journalism, fashion, humor and more — are determined by a nominating board of journalists, as well as tweeted nominations from social media users.

See the full list of nominees below.

Arts & Entertainment

Actor

James Franco @JamesFrancoTV

Neil Patrick Harris @ActuallyNPH

Chris Pratt @prattprattpratt

Misha Collins @mishacollins

Jensen Ackles @JensenAckles

Osric Chau @OsricChau

Eric West @ericxwest

 

Actress

Lena Dunham @lenadunham

Sarah Jessica Parker @SJP

Laverne Cox @Lavernecox

Natasha Negovanlis @natvanlis

Shay Mitchell @shaymitch

Carrie Hope Fletcher @CarrieHFletcher

Bella Thorne @bellathorne

 

Band

BASTILLE @bastilledan

HAIM @HAIMtheband

One Direction @onedirection

Little Mix @LittleMix

Fifth Harmony @FifthHarmony

5 Seconds of Summer @5SOS

The Vamps @TheVampsband

 

Celebrity

Conan O’Brien @ConanOBrien

Ellen DeGeneres @TheEllenShow

Anna Kendrick @AnnaKendrick47

Justin Bieber @justinbieber

James Maslow @jamesmaslow

Logan Henderson @1LoganHenderson

Oliver Trevena @olivertrevena

 

Comedian

Jenny Slate @jennyslate

Hannibal Buress @hannibalburess

Mindy Kaling @mindykaling

Nicole Arbour @NicoleArbour

Stats Britain @StatsBritain

Cooper the Comedian @VerifiedCoop

Jonny Sun @jonnysun

 

Musician

Questlove @questlove

Lorde @lordemusic

Calum Hood @Calum5SOS

Bang Yongguk @BAP_Bangyongguk

Emine Sari @EmineMusic

Ruki @RUKItheGazettE

Soles @SolesMusic

 

Singer

Demi Lovato @ddlovato

Taylor Swift @taylorswift13

Beyoncé Knowles @Beyonce

Ibtissam Tiskat @IbtissamTiskat

Kenza Morsli @Kenza_Morsli

Laith Abu Joda @LaithAbuJoda

Sam Alves @samalvesmusic

 

TV Show

Pretty Little Liars @ABCFpll

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon @FallonTonight

Girls @girlsHBO

The Quest @TheQuestABC

Supernatural @cw_spn

Faking It @mtvfakingit

Orphan Black @OrphanBlack

 

Vine Artist

Ian Padgham @origiful

Tom Shea @tommyfox

Meghan Doherty @mdoherty04

Alicia Herber @leeshespieces

Xaviera López @xavieralopez

Jack Bethmann @jackbethmann

Tom Deslongchamp @tomthinks

 

Vine Comedian

Josh Peck @PortuableShua

Logan Paul @LoganPaul

Jake Paul @ImJakePaul

Meghan McCarthy @MeghanWMcCarthy

Christian Leave @ChristianLeave

Brandon Bowen @BrandonRayBowen

Alx James @AlxJames10

 

Vine Musician

Eric Nakassa @ericnakassa

Rajiv Dhall @JivDude

Shawn Mendes @ShawnMendes

Sebastian Olzanski @SEBTSB

Anna Clendening @annaclendening

Kenzie Nimmo @kenzienimmo

Em Harriss @EmHarriss

 

Vine Star of the Year presented by Univision

Michael Lopriore @MichaelLopriore

Brittany Furlan @BrittanyFurlan

Jessi Smiles @jessismiles__

Alexander Holtti @ImAlexHoltti

Thomas Sanders @foster_dawg

Lele Pons @lelepons

King Bach @KingBach

 

Web Show

Laci Green @gogreen18

Marques Brownlee @MKBHD

Mental Floss Video @MF_video

Rob Dyke @TheRobDyke

Carmilla Series @carmillaseries

SourceFed @sourcefed

Peacekeepers @peacekeepersnyc

 

YouTube Comedian

Nathan Zed @TheThirdPew

GloZell Green @GloZell

Jenna Marbles @Jenna_Marbles

Steve Zaragoza @stevezaragoza

Zach Clayton @bruhitszach

Rudan C @rudanc

Lilly Singh @IISuperwomanII

 

YouTube Guru presented by FYI

Zoella @ZozeeBo

Michelle Phan @MichellePhan

Lisa Eldridge @Lisa_Eldridge

Lex Fleming @MadeULookbyLex

Amy Hislop @itsamyxoxo

Paul Zedrich @paulzedrich

Jen Espinoza @JenifferXo

 

YouTube Musician

Sam Tsui @SamuelTsui

Pentatonix @PTXofficial

Mike Tompkins @Mike_tompkins

Christina Grimmie @TheRealGrimmie

Tanner Patrick @TannerPatrick

Connie Talbot @ConnieTalbot607

Peter Hollens @PeterHollens

 

YouTube Star of the Year presented by A&E

Smosh @smosh

Jon Cozart @JonCozart

Grace Helbig @gracehelbig

Matthew Santoro @MatthewSantoro

The Hillywood Show @HillywoodShow

Philip DeFranco @PhillyD

Connor Franta @ConnorFranta

 

Creative & Design

 

Artist

Aiww English (beta) @aiwwenglish

Studio Olafur Eliasson @olafureliasson

Ilse Valfre @valfre

Yami @ART_YC

Katrin Niederleithner @Jarlie86

Sweaty Ghost @sweatyghost

Katie Rodgers @paperfashion

 

Director

Kevin Smith @ThatKevinSmith

Lynn Shelton @lynnsheltonfilm

Shonda Rhimes @shondarhimes

Alfredo Flores @alfredoflores

Joshua Butler @TheJoshuaButler

Sawyer Hartman @SawyerHartman

Dean Sherwood @DeanSherwood

 

DIY

Sweet Paul Magazine @sweetpaul

Food Hacks @foodhacks

Bob Vila @BobVila

Josh Altman @joshaltman

Bethany Mota @bethanymota

Geoffrey Taft @geoffreytaft

Simply Organized @SimplyOrganize1

 

Fashion

Jay Strut @JayStrut

Aritzia @ARITZIA

Nicole Warne @garypeppergirl

Tanner Zagarino @TannerZagarino

Lucky Blue Smith @luckybsmith

Rangga Dewamoela @Rangga_Moela

The Style Line @thestyleline

 

GIF of the Year

Biden being Biden

Dancing Old Man

Screaming German Kid

Ashley Wagner

Gosling Culkin Inception

Tiger Cub & Boy

USA Guy

 

Instagrammer

Mindy Kaling @mindykaling

Kate Spade New York @katespadeny

Aureta Thomollarri @aureta

Skellie @omgskellie

Woody The Great @WOODY_THEGREAT

Scott Terry @ScottTerry1

C+C Mini Factory @CCMiniFactory

 

Photographer

MEATBALLSSMAMA @meatballssmama

Nat Geo Photography @NatGeoPhotos

Andrew Knapp @andrewomerknapp

Bryant Eslava @bryanteslava

Vivienne Gucwa @travelinglens

Jared Ruschmann @jrush9

Joe McNally @JoeMcNallyPhoto

 

Pinner

Jaimee Rose @JaimeeRose

Design Quixotic @designquixotic

Better Homes & Gardens @BHG

Spencer Lewis @cspencerlewis

Michael Wurm, Jr. @inspiredbycharm

Lauren Rabadi @RoboLikes

Honestly WTF @HonestlyWTF

 

Snapchatter

Dasha Battelle @DABattelle

Jerome Jarre @jeromejarre

Shonduras @Shonduras

Daniel Alexander @SNCKPCK

Alex Perrault @Sportsmanias

Mike Platco @mplatco

Cyrene Quiamco @cyreneq

 

Vine of the Year

The 9 Month Vine by Ian Padgham @origiful

The Evolution of Sharing by Maris Jones @themarisjones

Turnip for What by The White House @WhiteHouse

Polar Vortex by Lawrence Becker @samplertimes

Mirror Copy by Tee Ken Ng @teekneng

Do It For The Vine by Dom @BrownnSkinn____

Drunk In Love Baby by @beautifullmiaa (Vine)

 

News & Media

 

Athlete

Tom Daley  @TomDaley1994

Caroline Wozniacki @CaroWozniacki

Kevin Durant @KDTrey5

Oliver Campbell @oliverbcampbell

Nattie Neidhart @NatbyNature

David Luiz @DavidLuiz_4

Lauren Fleshman @laurenfleshman

 

Author

Susan Orlean @susanorlean

Joyce Carol Oates @JoyceCarolOates

Margaret E. Atwood @MargaretAtwood

Carolina Munhóz @carolinamunhoz

Doeneseya Bates @doeneseya

Chris Colfer @chriscolfer

Tracy Shawn @TracyShawn

 

Blogger

Joe My God @JoeMyGod

Maria Popova @brainpicker

Jason Kottke @jkottke

Melany’s Guydliness @Melanyb12

James Michael Sama @JamesMSama

On Location Vacations @OLV

Julia Schemmer @msjuliadarling

 

Food

Alton Brown @altonbrown

Jonathan Gold @thejgold

Big Gay Ice Cream @biggayicecream

Danielle Noce @ickfd

Rosanna Pansino @RosannaPansino

Logan Guleff @LoganJrChef

Mark McEwan @Chef_MarkMcEwan

 

Healthy Living

Yoni Freedhoff, MD @YoniFreedhoff

Michael Pollan @michaelpollan

Kris Carr @Kris_Carr

Stuard Wimbles @amidiabetic

Kerri Verna @beachyogagirl

Adriene Mishler @yogawithadriene

Susan Campbell Cross @SusanCross1

 

Journalist

Heidi N. Moore @moorehn

Bill Simmons @BillSimmons

Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald

Lisa Daftari @LisaDaftari

Erik Kain @erikkain

Larry King @kingsthings

Wesley Lowery @WesleyLowery

 

Newsworthy Photo of the Year

Ferguson by Robert Cohen @kodacohen for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch @stltoday

Ebola in Liberia by Daniel Berehulak @berehulak

Ferguson by Scott Olson @gscottolson for Getty Images @GettyImages

Migrants by Massimo Sestini @massimosestini1 for Eyevine @eyevine

MH17 by Pierre Crom @PierreCrom for Getty Images @GettyImages

Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong by Damir Sagolj @damirsagolj

Ellen’s Oscar Selfie by Ellen Degeneres @theellenshow

 

Science

Neil DeGrasse Tyson @neiltyson

ASAPScience @AsapSCIENCE

Bill Nye @billnye

Kavin Senapathy @ksenapathy

David Shiffman @WhySharksMatter

Real Scientists @realscientists

TrowelBlazers @trowelblazers

 

Tumblr Blog of the Year

If They Gunned Me Down

It’s Like They Know Us

If Paintings Could Text

What Would Yeezus Do

iQuantNY

Men Taking Up Too Much Space on the Train

Love, Grampa and Grandmaster Flash

 

Weird

Saved You A Click @SavedYouAClick

Darth @darth

Los Angeles Rain @LosAngelesRain

GISHWHES @gishwhes

Sam Bashor @SamBashor

David Moye @dmoyeweirdnews

Poncho @poncho_ny

 

Tech & Innovation

 

BN Student presented by Barnes & Noble College

Lauren “L.E.” Charles @lauren_eliz3

Alexia Raye @AlexiaRaye

Steven Kreimendahl @JewishBro

TY Autry @JTyAutry

Haley Barnett @ChikHaley64

Foluké Tuakli @FolukeFiasco

TatumHartwig @tatumrosy

 

Business Blogger presented by Cox BLUE

Tim Fargo @alphabetsuccess

Kerry Butters @kesbutters

Amy Vernon @AmyVernon

Jeff Barrett @BarrettAll

Pauline Cabrera @Twelveskip

Hilary Topper @hilary25

Ann Smarty @seosmarty

 

Emoji of the Year

Flame

Prayer Hands

100 Points

Poop Face

Blowing a Kiss

Pizza

Red Dress Dancer

 

Fake Account

NYTFridge @NYTFridge

Racket Teen @RacketTeen

Prince @PrinceTweets2U

Dean Winchester @_DemonDean

Faux Pelini @FauxPelini

Bored Elon Musk @BoredElonMusk

Annoying Actor Friend @Actor_Friend

 

Fansite

Winter is Coming @WiCnet

SB Nation @SBNation

Taylor Swift Web @TaySwiftdotcom

Jarre Daily @JarreDaily

5H on Tour @5HonTour

The Paramore Band @TheParamoreBand

SpoilerTV @SpoilerTV

 

Gamer

Alanah Pearce @Charalanahzard

Brianna Wu @Spacekatgal

Raptr @Raptr

John Bain @Totalbiscuit

Mark Fischbach @markiplier

Felix Kjellberg @pewdiepie

Jesse Cox @JesseCox

 

Non-Human

Denny’s @DennysDiner

Congress Edits @congressedits

Elsa @FrozenElsa

Peppa Pig @aPeppa

Tony Tiger @TonyTiger2000

Birds Rights Activist @ProBirdRights

Choupette Lagerfeld @ChoupettesDiary

 

Parent

Richard Dreyfuss @RichardDreyfuss

Claire Díaz-Ortiz @Claire

Jessica Gottlieb @JessicaGottlieb

Marala Scott @MaralaScott

Genevieve Padalecki @realGpad

Kristen Daukas @KristenDaukas

Shaycarl @shaycarl

 

Podcast

Serial @serial

Reply All @replyall

Star Talk @StarTalkRadio

Jack Eye Jones @jackeyejones

Bruce Van Horn @BruceVH

RebelForce Radio @RebelForceRadio

Tyler Oakley @TylerOakley

 

Top Breakout reddit Community

Baby Elephant GIFs

Serious Eats

Resentful Animals

Cool Guides

Millionaire Makers

Instant Regret

Happy Crying Dads

 

Global Issues

 

Activist

Maryam al-Khawaja @MARYAMALKHAWAJA

Shawn Ahmed @uncultured

Black Lives Matter @Blklivesmatter

Cala Do Otário @CanalDoOtario

Against Suicide @AgainstSuicide

Rita Pam Tarachi @RitaPamTarachi

Katie Meyler @katiemeyler

 

Brazil

Marina Silva @silva_marina

Todd Benson @TBensonBrazil

Ricardo Nester @NesterTweets

Fiuk @Fiuk

Lua Blanco @Lua_Blanco

Sophia Abrahão @sophiaabrahao

Gabriela Rippi @GabrielaRippi

 

Charity

The Gates Foundation @gatesfoundation

Partners in Health @PIH

Joyful Heart Foundation @TheJHF

Random Acts @RandomActsOrg

R.I.S.E. & STAND @RISEandSTAND

Hilgos Foundation @IRememberBetter

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society @LLSusa

 

Green

Climate Desk @ClimateDesk

Kelly Drennan @ecofashionista

Andy Revkin @Revkin

Ian Somerhalder @iansomerhalder

The Alternative Travel Project @ALTravelProject

Mark Ruffalo @MarkRuffalo

Livia Firth @liviafirth

 

Teen Hero

Joshua Wong @joshuawong1013

Emily Clark @emy_clark

Malala Fund @MalalaFund

Buddy Project @ProjectBuddy

Suicide Stops @SuicideStops

Saphira @SaphiraFashion

Abigail Harrison @AstronautAbby

 

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