- 2000 Webby Awards
Held in San Francisco's Masonic Center for a crowd of 3,000 invited guests, the 2000 Webby Awards were widely considered the peak of the
Webby Awardsand a watershed of dot comparty culture.cite news|publisher=San Francisco Chronicle|accessdate=2008-01-08|title=Party's gone, but the Webby awards go on:Winners of best Internet sites receive e-mail notification|author=Dan Fost|date=2004-05-13|url=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/05/13/BUGJK6KFIH1.DTL] The event took place May 11, 2000, shortly before many of the event's perennial nominees and participants suffered business failures in the dot com crash.cite news|publisher=New York Times|accessdate=2008-01-08| title=After Last Year's Bacchanal, a Quieter Webby Party|author=Evelyn Nieves|date=2001-07-20|url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9804EEDF153AF933A15754C0A9679C8B63]
The attendant ceremony and surrounding events were described in the press as "Hollywood-style" and a "bacchanal.". Others complained that the event was too serious and less fun than in its earlier, freewheeling days, and was too much of a "corporate mixer."
Alan Cummingswas the master of ceremonies. The theme was The Time Machine, from the H.G. Wellsnovel. Pre-awards entertainment included guest "fluffers" with feather dusters, fake paparazziwho would excitedly take pictures of arriving guests, and dance troupes from Project Bandaloopscaling and rappellingdown the face of the theater building. Some nominees dressed up as astronautscarrying their corporate banners as flags, and in headdresses and silver metallic wigs. Google's representatives arrived in costume as they had the year before, rolling onstage in inline skatesto accept their award.cite news|publisher=Forbes|accessdate=2001-01-08|url=http://www.forbes.com/technology/2006/06/09/webby_internet_award_cx_rr_0609webby.html|title=Webbys 2.0|author=Rachel Rosmarin|date=2006-06-09] Guerilla marketers from companies that did not get into the event stood on the sidewalk outside to attract attention.
The 27 award winners received a prize of $30,000 each, a first for the event. As in years past, award speeches were limited to five words. Presenters included
Sandra Bernhardt, John Perry Barlow, Sandra Bernhard, Mahir, and Tina Brown. Among the new additions to the judging panel were Robin Williams, David Bowie, and Deepak Chopra.cite news|publisher=San Francisco Chronicle|title=Webbies Go for Glitz:World's best Web sites honored -- Hollywood-style|author=Verne Kopytoff|date=2000-05-12|accessdate=2008-01-09|url=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2000/05/12/MN107403.DTL]
afterpartytook place in nearby Grace Cathedraland in Huntington Parkacross the street, which had been covered with tents and served food and alcohol donated by restaurants throughout the city. Held on top of Nob Hill, one of the town's largest enclaves of old money, the event took a year to plan and several months of permits. Despite extensive community outreach, and a promise by organizers to pay for restoration of the Fontana delle Tartarughe, a dilapidated fountain in the park as a goodwill gesture, some local residents were vocal in their resentment of the brashness of the Internet industry, and canvassed the neighborhood with protest leaflets. [cite news|url=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2000/05/10/MN15465.DTL|publisher=San Francisco Chronicle|accessdate=2008-01-09|title=Squabble on the hill:Takeovers of S.F. park by Web awards show distresses some neighbors|author=Dan Levy|date=2000-05-10]
Future award events were more somber. By the next year's event, one fifth of the 2000 nominees were out of business, and more than half of the winners had been sold, suffered layoffs, or failed. By 2002 there was not even enough money available to pay for a live event.
Nominees and winners
* [http://www.webbyawards.com webbyawards.com] - official awards website
* [http://www.webbyawards.com/webbys/ flash gallery of award winners]
*cite web|author=J. Betty Ray|url=http://www.noendpress.com/bettyray/webbyawards.html|title=Webby Awards|publisher=Noend Press|date=June, 2001|accessdate=2001-01-08 - a first-person account of attending the 2000 Webby Awards.
"Winners and nominees are generally named according to the organization or website winning the award, although the recipient is, technically, the
web designfirm or internal department that created the winning site and in the case of corporate websites, the designer's client. Web links are provided for informational purposes, both in the most recently available archive.orgversion before the awards ceremony and, where available, the current website. Many older websites no longer exist, are redirected, or have been substantially redesigned."
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