12/28/2012 12:30 pm ET Updated Feb 27, 2013

Looking Back at 2012 -- The First Annual "Clicky" Awards!

We re-elected a president, bought 48 million iPads, weathered a couple of hurricanes, obsessed over Tom and Katie's breakup, and cheered Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner who, on October 14, broke the sound barrier in a record-smashing jump from 24 miles up. (He landed fine, btw).

What a year it's been!

Most newspapers, magazines and cable news channels release their year-end wrap-ups around this time, and I never miss them. After all, January was a long time ago; and there's something about a December deja-vu that puts it all together for me. So this year, I decided to join the gang and do my own flashback. And being in entertainment biz, I thought I'd do what show biz folks do best: hand out awards to those click-worthy individuals or events that stood out above the rest.

So with a nod to that famous Jerry Seinfeld quote -- "It's amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper" -- here are my first annual "Clicky" awards, presented to those stories that made an impact, made a difference and, on a few occasions, made me laugh.

Happy New Year, America!

The 2012 Clicky Awards