Webby Awards: Will Smith, Childish Gambino, Monica Lewinsky Among Winners

5:02 AM 4/23/2019

by Hilary Lewis

Disney, Issa Rae and Hasan Minhaj were all selected to receive special honors by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

Will Smith
Will Smith
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The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences on Tuesday announced the winners for the 2019 Webby Awards.

Will Smith, Childish Gambino, Monica Lewinsky, Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Fallon, The Walking Dead and Westworld are among the people and projects receiving the internet's highest honor.

The IADAS also announced the recipients of special honors, including Issa Rae, named as Webby Video Person of the Year for her groundbreaking work with her production company and use of the internet to showcase breakthrough content from diverse creators, and Hasan Minhaj, recognized for Webby Special Achievement for his work on his Netflix series Patriot Act.

IADAS later revealed that Desus Nice and the Kid Mero will receive a Special Achievement Award for their Internet-born talk show Desus & Mero and that Michael Douglas will accept a Webby Special Achievement Award for his work as Sandy Kominsky in Netflix's The Kominsky Method

Other honorees include Greta Thunberg's #FridaysForFuture climate change movement (Webby Social Movement of the Year); Tierra Whack for using Instagram videos to create experimental art, laced with high-caliber music and expert art direction, for her debut album Whack World (Webby Artist of the Year); and Emily Weiss for using the internet to create the people-powered direct-to-consumer company Glossier (Webby Entrepreneur of the Year).

The IADAS also named Disney as the Webby Media Company of the Year for earning the most honors across all Webby categories and 32 wins overall, beating out Vice, WarnerMedia and Conde Nast, among other competitors.

Other companies that won multiple Webby Awards include National Geographic (17 honors), Google (14), Vice (11), Conde Nast (11) and HBO (9).

This year's Webby Awards winners and honorees will be recognized May 13 in a ceremony hosted by Jenny Slate at New York's Cipriani Wall Street. Fans can watch highlights, including the show's famous five-word winners' speeches, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Select Webby Award winners are below, with the full list available here.

May 8, 3:53 p.m. This story has been updated to note that The Webbys will be giving Special Achievement Awards to Desus Nice and the Kid Mero and Michael Douglas.

  • Athletes & Sports Teams (Social)

    WINNER & People's Voice Winner - Philadelphia Flyers, Gritty
    Gravity, World Cup 2018: Pele and Mbappe
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers, In the Current
    New York Excelsior (NYXL), New York Excelsior (NYXL) Social Media
    Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Eagles Social Media

  • Best Overall Social Presence – Brand (Social)

    Aubrey Gemignani/NASA via Getty Images

    TBWAMedia Arts Lab, Apple - Welcome to @Apple
    Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey Bay Aquarium Social Media
    NFL, NFL Social Lab
    Dollar Shave Club, Dollar Shave Club Social Media

  • Best Overall Social Presence - Media/Entertainment (Social)

    'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'
    'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'
    Andrew Lipovsky/NBC

    WINNER - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
    Deadpool 2 Social Media Campaign
    HBO Brand Social Media
    The New Yorker on Social Media

  • Celebrity/Fan (Social)

    'Lil Wayne'
    'Lil Wayne'

    WINNER - Tha Carter III Anniversary
    People's Voice Winner - The Ellen DeGeneres Show
    Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture
    Power of Young Hollywood

  • Television & Film (Social)

    Pop TV Network/Photofest

    WINNER - Schitt's Creek Social Media
    EP+Co., Deadpool 2 Social Media Campaign
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon - Social Media & Digital
    Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj
    Rotten Tomatoes, Rotten Tomatoes

  • Best Editing (Video)

    Mark Sagliocco/WireImage

    WINNER - Final Cut, Justin
    People's Voice Winner - Big Sky Edit, - Kesha, "I Need a Woman"
    Omelete Company, CCXP Round 2
    avocados and coconuts, Rapha Rides: Los Angeles
    Aspect Film and Video Ltd, See Beyond

  • Best Individual Performance (Video)


    WINNER - CBS Interactive, James Corden's Next James Corden
    VICE Media, How I Faked My Way to the Top of Paris Fashion Week
    Crown Chimp, Trouble Will Find Her
    Beachside Films, Strangers
    Snap Inc and Indigo, Dead Girls Detective Agency

  • Best Narrative Experience (Video)

    WINNER - Baobab Studios, Crow: The Legend
    People's Voice Winner - National Geographic / Black Dot Films VR, First-Ever 3D VR Filmed in Space
    Google Spotlight Stories, Back to the Moon
    Felix & Paul Studios, Jurassic World: Blue
    Fable, Facebook Sound+Design, Third Rail Projects, Oculus Experiences, Wolves in the Walls Chapter 1

  • Best Web Personality/Host (Video)

    WINNER - Stephen Curry's '5 Minutes From Home' Series
    First We Feast's Hot Ones
    Adam Savage/TESTED.com
    Bill Burr's Guide to Driving Etiquette
    Real America With Jorge Ramos - Families & Refugees Risk It All on Migrant Caravan

  • Best Writing (Video)

    WINNER - Zamurai Productions, Deadpool The Musical 2
    People's Voice Winner - FANDOM, Honest Trailers
    Vayner Media, NYTimes: Meek Mill: Prisoners Need a New Set of Rights
    160over90, Baltimore Ravens
    ESPN, Always Late with Katie Nolan

  • Branded Entertainment Viral (Video)

    Jason LeVeris/FilmMagic

    WINNER - Lyft, Undercover Lyft with Chance the Rapper
    People's Voice Winner - Wildness, Deadpool "Dream Up in Aisle Three"
    ATTN:, ATTN: Adidas X Parley Video
    Portal A, Brita: New Year, New Me | Stephen Curry and Rudy Mancuso
    Omaze, Post Malone Pranks People with Undercover Record Store Surprise

  • Comedy (Video)


    WINNER - Team Coco, Conan Helps His Assistant Buy a Car
    People's Voice Winner - Ellen Digital Network, Momsplaining with Kristen Bell
    Edelman, The World's Most "Extra" Tampon
    Kovert Creative, Now That's a Cardiac
    Omaze, Aaron Paul Discovers Bryan Cranston Living in Breaking Bad RV

  • Comedy: Longform (Video)

    Walter McBride/FilmMagic

    WINNER - VH1 Digital, All Jokes Aside: Black Women in Comedy
    People's Voice Winner - Funny or Die, Billy on the Street with Emma Stone

    YouTube Premium, Cobra Kai
    Funny Or Die, IMDB Me: Jack Black Tries to Remember His Career
    Comedy Central - Viacom, Jim Gaffigan Rewatches and Reacts to His Comedy Cetnral Presents from 2000

  • Comedy: Shortform (Video)

    WINNER-Tide CEO: You Gotta Stop Eating Tide Pods | CH Shorts
    Jimmy Kimmel Live's Mean Tweets Mean Tweets - Avengers Edition
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
    "How to Write a New Yorker Cartoon Caption: Child-Prodigy Edition"
    The Simpsons, "A Tale of Two Trumps"

  • Events & Live Streams (Video)

    WINNER - YouTube Premium, Will Smith: The Jump
    People's Voice Winner - Lucasfilm, Live From the Red Carpet of Solo: A Star Wars Story
    United States Tennis Association/ US Open, #TMinusNetGeneration, US Open in Space
    Gagosian, "America Too"
    IMDb, SUNDANCE 2019: The IMDb Studio at Acura Festival Village

  • Music Video (Video)

    "This is America"
    "This is America"

    WINNER -  Childish Gambino, "This Is America"
    A Star Is Born, "Shallow" (Music Video)
    A Tribe Called Quest, "The Space Program"
    Leon Bridges, "Beyond"
    Jorja Smith, "On Your Own"

  • Science & Education (Video)

    WINNER & People's Voice Winner - The Verge, Verge Science
    Gizmodo, Block the Big Five Tech Giants
    Condé Nast, Almost Impossible | Wired
    KQED/PBS Digital Studios, Deep Look
    NowThis, Apocalypse NowThis

  • Trailer (Video)

    WINNER - GrandSon Creative, A Star Is Born Trailer
    Intermission Film, The Crown "A Christmas Speech" Trailer, Netflix
    Adult Swim, Dream Corp LLC, Dream Sequence
    Gearbox Publishing, We Happy Few Story Tailer
    Sports Illustrated, Trailer: Hit Me, I Like It!

  • Travel & Lifestyle (Video)

    Mike Pont/WireImage

    WINNER & People's Voice Winner - CNN WorldwideAnthony Bourdain Explore Parts Unknown: Little LA
    National Geographic, Wild Life: Resurrection Island
    Blue Chalk Media and The Foundry, The India 100
    VICE Media, Blunt Reviews
    BBC Global News, BBC TRAVEL

  • Entertainment (Apps, Mobile & Voice)

    WINNER - Marvel Unlimited
    Reelgood for iOS

  • Health, Fitness, & Lifestyle (Apps, Mobile & Voice)

    WINNER - Headspace - Alexa
    Sleep Sounds for Amazon Alexa
    Bedtime Explorers
    Nike Coach
    Men's Health Minute - powered by SpokenLayer

  • News & Magazines (Apps, Mobile & Voice)

    WINNER - The Guardian app for iOS and Android
    Bloomberg Mobile App
    CNET: Best Tech News & Reviews
    The New Yorker Today app
    Reuters News App

  • Sports (Apps, Mobile, and Voice)

    WINNER - The Bleacher Report App
    People's Voice Winner - ESPN, ESPN
    theScore, theScore
    Turner Sports, 2018 NCAA March Madness Live
    Major League Soccer, MLS Mobile App

  • Best Influencer Endorsements (Advertising)

    WINNER - BBDO New York, Monica Lewinsky - #DefyTheName
    People's Voice Winner - Spotify In-House, Cosmic Playlists
    McCann NY, #EXCUSEME
    Big Spaceship, King_Legend of Solgard
    DOBRO, History of Champions

  • Best Use of Machine Learning (Advertising)

    WINNER - BWM, Dentsu Project Revoice
    People's Voice Winner - 360i, HBO Westworld: The Maze

    Google Brand Studio, Beneath the Canopy
    Google Creative Lab, Draw to Art
    UNIT9, Huawei: Sound of Light

  • Best Host (Podcasts)

    WINNER - Pod Save the People, Pod Save the People
    People's Voice Winner - Mythical, Ear Biscuits

    Important, Not Important, Important, Not Important
    Night Vale Presents, Conversations With People Who Hate Me
    Serial Productions, Serial Season 3

  • Best Series (Podcasts)

    WINNER - Slate Magazine, Slow Burn, Season 2
    People's Voice Winner - Serial, Serial

    APM Reports, In the Dark, Season 2
    Gimlet Media, The Habitat
    The Story Behind, The Story Behind

  • Corporate Social Responsibility (Websites)

    WINNER - NORD DDB Stockholm, Marriage Unblocked
    People's Voice Winner - Patagonia and Someoddpilot, Patagonia Action Works
    McCann NY, Universal Love
    Colle McVoy, The Food Effect 360 Site
    MediaMonks, Nest Power Project

  • Humor (Websites)

    WINNER & People's Voice Winner - Comedy Central - Viacom, The Daily Show Presents: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library
    Cards Against Humanity, 99% Off Sale
    Funny Or Die, Funny or Die 
    CollegeHumor CollegeHumor
    Weekly Humorist, Weekly Humorist

  • Magazine (Websites)

    WINNER & People's Voice Winner - The New Yorker, The New Yorker's Web Site
    CMYK, Believer Magazine
    The Swaddle, The Swaddle
    Emergence Magazine, Emergence Magazine
    Argot Magazine, Argot Magazine

  • Adventure (Games)

    WINNER - Ninja Theory Ltd, Hellblade, Senua's Sacrifice
    People's Voice Winner - System Era Softworks, Astroneer

    Annapurna Interactive, Florence
    The Voxel Agents, The Gardens Between
    ThroughLine Games, Forgotton Anne

  • Best Multiplayer/Competitive Games (Games)

    WINNER - Epic Games, Fortnite
    People's Voice Winner - Blizzard Entertainment, Overwatch

    Ellen Digital Network, Heads Up!
    Scopely, Looney TunesWorld of Mayhem
    Messhof llc, NIDHOGG 2

  • Best Use of Augmented Reality (Games)

    WINNER & People's Voice - AMC, The Walking Dead: Our World
    Code d'Azur,  The Lockdown
    StoryUP Studios, makers of Healium, Healium Butterfly Brainwaves
    NBC Universal, Bravo and Oxygen
    Forensic Detective – Inside the Crime Scene
    Nickelodeon, Do Not Touch