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Lorne Michaels on hand to pick up lifetime achievement

NEW YORK -- The Webby Film & Video Awards took place here on Monday night with appearances from Lorne Michaels, Michel Gondry and Rosie Perez.

Michaels was on hand to pick up a lifetime achievement award for the role that "Saturday Night Live" has played in the development of online video. The "SNL" creator offered his take on the Webbys' traditional five-word acceptance speech: "Five words is not enough." "SNL" cast member and head writer Seth Meyers presented Michaels with the award.

Perez presented Gondry with his film and video person of the year Webby for his film "Be Kind Rewind," which the Webbys acknowledged as "a celebration of low-budget do-it-yourself filmmaking" and inspired other Internet videos. The actress, who appeared in Gondry's "Human Nature," said that the French director is "brilliant, genius" and "a little cuckoo."

"Keyboards are full of germs," said Gondry as he accepted the award.

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim -- the stars and creators of Adult Swim's "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" -- were also in attendance. The duo was honored as best actor for their work on TimAndEric.com.

Comedian and "30 Rock" actor Judah Friedlander hosted the event, which took place at the Skirball Center for Performing Arts in Manhattan's Greenwich Village.

The Onion News Network, the New York Times, My Damn Channel, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Next New Networks and PBS' Frontline/World were also all honored at the ceremony. The Webby winners were announced last month.

The 12th annual Webby Awards Gala will take place Tuesday night at Cipriani on Wall Street. That event, hosted by Meyers, will honor Web sites, interactive advertising and mobile offerings. Stephen Colbert, David Byrne and will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas are among Tuesday's honorees.

The Webbys are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. The shows mark the conclusion of Internet Week in New York.
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