NEW YORK -- The 14th annual Webbys, which celebrate Internet achievement, were announced Tuesday by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-member group of Web experts.
Though Roger Ebert lost his ability to speak after surgery for cancer, he has found a new and powerful voice online. The film critic was chosen as person of the year by the Webby Awards.
The Webbys also honored the rock band OK Go, famous for their viral music videos, as video artist of the year. Amy Poehler, former "Saturday Night Live" cast member and star of NBC's "Parks & Recreation," was chosen as actress of the year for her online series "Smart Girls at the Party."
The honoree for lifetime achievement went to Vinton Cerf, one of the Internet's founding fathers who pioneered its communications technology at Stanford University.
Check out some of the 2010 winners in the slideshow below, including the picks for celebrity website of the year, the best social networking site, and more.
A full list of winners can be found at WebbyAwards.com.
Roger Ebert. The Webby Awards writes, "In addition to his film criticism, which remains as eloquent as ever, his online journal has raised the bar for the level of poignancy, thoughtfulness and critique one can achieve on the Web, while at the same time shining a light on the most important issues facing journalism as it relates to the Internet itself."
Vinton Cerf. The Webby Awards explains, "Now Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, Cerf is widely considered "Father of the Internet." By co-designing the TCP/IP protocols and basic architecture of the Internet, Cerf laid the groundwork to transmit data across the Internet. Cerf is a superlative leader of the digital revolution and as such, has transformed commerce, communication, and entertainment."
Jim Carrey's Official Site
The New Yorker
The New York Times . The New York Times's "Held by the Taliban" also won a Webby Award for best news and politics series in the online film and video category, as well as best news in the mobile category.
The Onion. The Onion also won the Webby Award for best comedy (individual or short episode) in the online film and video category, as well as best humor in the website category.
DavidLynch.com, Interview Project
Queen and The Muppets, Bohemian Rhapsody
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The Webbys have long been famous for their short speeches, which are limited to five words. (Al Gore, accepting his lifetime achievement award, said: "Please don't recount this vote.") This year's winners will accept their awards June 14 in New York at a ceremony hosted by B.J. Novak of "The Office."
Aside from the special achievement awards, the Webbys also honor a variety of categories, each of which includes a winner picked by the academy and one picked by public voting (though the two often arrive at the same choice).
In those categories, the top winners were College Humor and The New York Times, each with five awards, including awards from both the academy and the public.
Viral video of the year went to the Muppets' cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." The best mash-up or remix video went to "Auto-tune the News" from BarelyPolitical.com.
Jim Carrey's official website won for best celebrity or fan website. Filmmaker David Lynch's "Interview Project" won for best documentary series.
Lisa Kudrow's Web series, "Web Therapy," won for best comedy series, though the "people's choice" Webby in that category went to "Jake and Amir," the College Humor series.
The website for the Make it Right Foundation, the nonprofit founded by Brad Pitt, was awarded the Webby for best activist website. Isabella Rossellini won for best individual performance in her "Green Porno" videos for the Sundance Channel.
Twitter won for best social networking; Foursquare won for mobile social networking; and Hulu won for broadband.
Frequent Webby honorees TheOnion.com and ColbertNation.com also were winners. The website for the satirical newspaper The Onion won for best humor, while the official site of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" won for best TV website.
The New Yorker's website won for best writing and best magazine site, while Mashable.com won for both best business blog and best cultural blog. Best event webcast went to We're All Fans, the interactive destination for the Grammys. In that category, The Associated Press won the people's choice Webby for its live coverage of President Barack Obama's inauguration.