Joss Whedon at the Streamy Awards
Joss Whedon and the Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog at The Streamy Awards (Photo by The Bui Brothers)

Last night was special. When we wrote months ago about web television growing up this year we were serious. This isn’t just a novelty or sideshow to real entertainment. Web television is entertainment.

Last night was its coming out party.

Tiki Bar TV at the Streamy AwardsIn front of a sold-out crowd of over 1300 guests at the Wadsworth Theatre in Los Angeles, the first ever Streamy Awards show honored 2008’s best web series and the talented people behind them. Winners were selected by the International Academy of Web Television after a public submission process that saw tens of thousands of entries.

The stars of web television turned out strong including Neil Patrick Harris, Joss Whedon, Felicia Day, Taryn Southern, David Faustino, Zoe Bell, Alex Albrecht, Zadi Diaz, Jessica Rose, Illeana Douglas, Rosario Dawson, iJustine, Amber Lee Ettinger, Shira Lazar, Leah D’Emilio, The Sklar Brothers, Jeff MacPherson, Lisa Kudrow and many more. (For photos of the event check out Kodak’s Flickr stream, Wire Image, and official photography from the Bui Brothers.)

For the thousands of people who tuned in to the live stream of the show, they may not have realized they were a part of history, watching the first ever professionally produced awards show live streamed to the internet. Viewers from all over the world watched, without any distribution restrictions, and shared the play-by-play with constant flow of tweets and updates. You all broke the news in real time, the way it should be. Here is the full list of Streamy Award winners:

The Official Winners of the 1st Annual Streamy Awards – March 28, 2009

Overall Series

Best Comedy Web Series
The Guild

Best Dramatic Web Series
Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy

Best Hosted Web Series

Best Reality or Documentary Web Series
The Shatner Project

Best News or Politics Web Series
Alive in Baghdad

Audience Choice Award for Best Web Series
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog


Best Directing for a Comedy Web Series
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
(Joss Whedon)

Best Directing for a Dramatic Web Series
(Blake Calhoun)


Best Writing for a Comedy Web Series
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
(Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon

Best Writing for a Dramatic Web Series

Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy
(Jane Espenson, Seamus Kevin Fahey, Ronald D. Moore)


Best Male Actor in a Comedy Web Series
Neil Patrick Harris — (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog)

Best Female Actor in a Comedy Web Series
Felicia Day
(The Guild)

Best Male Actor in a Dramatic Web Series

Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy)

Best Female Actor in a Dramatic Web Series
Rosario Dawson (Gemini Division)

Best Ensemble Cast in a Web Series
The Guild

Best Guest Star in a Web Series
Paul Rudd (Wainy Days)

Best Web Series Host
Alex Albrecht (Project Lore)

Craft Awards

Best Editing (*)
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog— (Lisa Lassek)

Best Cinematography (*)
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (Ryan Green)

Best Art Direction (*)
Tiki Bar TV (Kim Bailey)

Best Visual Effects (*)
Backyard FX — (Erik Beck)

Best Animation in a Web Series
The Meth Minute 39 — (Dan Meth)

Best Original Music (*)
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
(Jed Whedon)

Best Ad Integration in a Web Series
Back on Topps (Skype)

Best Artistic Concept in a Web Series (*)
You Suck at Photoshop

* indicates awards presented at the Craft Awards reception on March 26, 2009.

The Guild at the Streamy AwardsOn behalf of the hosting organizations, Tubefilter, TilzyTV and NewTeeVee, we want to thank everyone who helped make this show happen. This show came together much like the web series we admire and write about every day—a collaboration of donated time, equipment, resources and passion by incredibly talented people who truly believe in what is happening in entertainment. Thank you especially to the show’s director, Gary Smith, and producer Zack Smith who fully embrace this emergence of web television, bringing a level of professionalism to the production that is unmatched.

Thanks so much to all of our sponsors including Kodak and Episodic, for taking a chance on this unproven idea and backing it up with the support we needed to make it happen—Microsoft Zune, KoldCast TV, Take180, DailyMotion, mDialog, RDF USA, Lifeforce Entertainment, we could not have done this without you.

For more fun Streamys coverage – check out the backstage interviews by, what would you say in 12 seconds?

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