Tom Hanks, Lena Dunham Nominated for Webby Awards
Tom Hanks and Lena Dunham are among the nominees for this year's Webby Awards honoring excellence on the internet.
Hanks, now starring on Broadway in Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy, is nominated in the category of Online Film & Video: Drama for his Electric City series on Yahoo. Dunham, wunderkind creator and star of HBO's Girls, is up for two awards: Best Individual Performance in an Online Film & Video for her Republican-baiting Obama for America "First Time" campaign spot, as well as a nod in the Social Content and Marketing category along with HBO Entertainment for Girls.
Other boldfaced names nominated: Charlize Theron for Funny or Die's Charlize Theron Gets Hacked; Jerry Seinfeld (Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee); Lady Gaga (Gaga's Workshop); Conan O'Brien for his Clueless Gamer and Serious Jibber Jabber segments as well as for his talk show's website Team Coco Digital; and Justin Bieber with a nod in the Interactive Advertising & Media category for the launch of his "Girlfriend" fragrance.
"Every year we are constantly amazed by the innovations Webby Nominees push forward and this year is no exception," said David-Michel Davies, Webbys executive director, in a statement.
The 17th Annual Webby Awards, where winners deliver five-word speeches in the spirit of internet brevity,, will take place May 21 in New York City and will be broadcast the next day on the awards' website. The host and venue will be announced April 16.
Meanwhile, public voting has kicked off as part of the Webby's People's Voice Awards and will continue through April 25. David Bowie, Arianna Huffington and Instagram's Kevin Systrom will also help decide the winners, who will be announced April 30.
A full list of nominees can be found at the link.