Webby Awards: Donald Trump, Kim Kardashian Dominate Ceremony
THR's roundtable video series was among the winners of what's been called the internet's highest honor, handed out at a New York City event hosted by Nick Offerman.
Kim Kardashian may have won a Webby Award for "breaking the internet," but the reality TV star still dominated Monday night's ceremony, dedicated to honoring the best of the web.
Kardashian accepted the first award of the night and used her five-word speech, a Webby tradition, to indicate that she won't stop posting body-baring bathroom photos.
"Nude selfies 'til I die," Kardashian proclaimed, flashing a peace sign.
Kardashian was a hot topic throughout the evening. The next two presenters both referenced her speech, with Michael Moore joking "Kim Kardashian stole my speech." And Jimmy Fallon used his pre-recorded five-word speech to list the Kardashian sisters.
Host Nick Offerman kicked off his monologue by mentioning Kardashian and took several shots at presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. The ceremony at New York's Cipriani Wall Street also featured Offerman dressing up as internet celebrity pizza rat and paying tribute to David Bowie and Prince, both past recipients of the Webbys' lifetime achievement award, which this year was won by The Onion. Other honorees included Jessica Alba, Jessica Jones' Krysten Ritter, the filmmakers behind Making a Murderer, Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, and an absent Kanye West, who sent in a video of his five-word speech: "I can't stand short speeches." Winners, announced April 26 and awarded Monday night, included Spotify, Vice Media, Michelle Obama, Tracy Morgan and The Hollywood Reporter, which took home its first Webby Award, in the category of online film & video: entertainment (channel), for its roundtable video series.
Although the Webbys were celebrating their 20th anniversary on Monday, Offerman joked that the 2016 ceremony could be the final one, thanks to Kardashian and Trump.
"This is the Webbys' 20th anniversary, but I'm sorry to inform you, it's also going to be its last," Offerman said at the top of his monologue, referencing Kardashian "breaking the internet."
He closed his monologue by saying, "Let's celebrate these Webbys as if they truly might be our last because, God knows, if Donald Trump becomes president and gets his tiny, tiny hands on our internet, we may never get to do this again."
That was far from the only Trump dig Offerman made. Beginning his look back at the past year online, Offerman said, "Microsoft created an AI Twitter user, and within 24 hours it had become virulently racist and sexist and now it's the Republican nominee for president."
He went on, criticizing both Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for being less tech savvy than President Obama.
"[Obama]'s going to be replaced either by a grandpa who's a racist or a grandma who doesn't understand how reply all works," Offerman said, with the Clinton quip getting a big laugh in the press room.
Later, when pointing out that a GIF of Trump was the fans' choice for GIF of the year, Offerman said it was of a "smug orange raccoon, apparently."
He added, "Let's hope that's the last time that raccoon is involved in winning a voting contest."
Offerman also went after Trump's former opponent Ted Cruz, saying that the Texas senator "dropped out of the presidential race, but not because he's probably the Zodiac Killer, which according to more than a dozen very solidly accredited internet memes he definitely is.
"The best thing to come out of Ted Cruz dropping out of the race was that Vine of him accidentally punching his wife in the face — twice," Offerman added.
And after Making a Murderer writer-directors Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi accepted their Webby, Offerman joked that he just realized the Netflix series "is not a documentary about Ted Cruz’s childhood."
Accepting their award, Demos said, "The story is not over" and earlier on the Webbys' red carpet, Ricciardi confirmed they were "exploring the option of doing a second season" of the Netflix series as well as "looking into some fiction projects."
The filmmakers were also appreciative of the role the internet played in Making a Murderer becoming a phenomenon.
"We're so grateful for the streaming platform that helped the show be received in the way it has been. It has global reach," Ricciardi told THR. "We're so grateful that people are able to take to social media and really discuss how they felt while watching the series and ways in which they want to stay engaged at this point."
The star of fellow Netflix series Jessica Jones, Krysten Ritter, was also honored by the Webbys and was grateful for what she said was her first award.
"I've never won anything before so I was really excited to have my show and my character recognized in that way," Ritter told THR after accepting her trophy.
Earlier, on the red carpet, Ritter's co-star Mike Colter, who presented her with the Webby, talked about why she was deserving of the best actress honor.
"Her duality, being a badass on the show and standing up for herself and going through a journey on the show that basically all women who've been wronged can relate to, I feel like it's struck a chord and it's something that should be recognized," he told THR. "I'm really proud of her. I'm really proud of the range that she showed on the show. I'm proud of the work that she put in because I was there. I know the work that it took to prepare for this job. So I'm really happy for her and happy to be a part of it."
Colter, who's own Marvel series, Luke Cage, is set to premiere on Sept. 30, also weighed in on why the streaming service seems to be succeeding with its multiple, well-received Marvel shows as ABC recently canceled Marvel series Agent Carter and passed on prospective spinoff Marvel's Most Wanted.
"I think Netflix has done a great job at allowing the freedom of creativity. They don't have to adhere to a lot of things such as the commercial ad agencies and what their criteria for good television is," he told THR. "That liberating freedom of creating 13 episodes of television without worrying about the ratings or worrying about how successful it is helps people behind the camera write freely and not be under this scrutiny of, 'This week the numbers were this, let's try something, let's stunt cast, lets bring in a new storyline.' I think Netflix improves network television because it gives them a new blueprint for what television could be: how many episodes you can shoot, what the storylines can be."