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NYT, Will Farrell Site Among List Of Webby Nominees

April 15, 2009

The New York Times topped the list on Tuesday for this year’s Webby Awards, sometimes called “the Oscars of the Internet.”  The paper’s 13 nominations for its online division are in some categories such best writing, best newspaper Web site and best political and business blogs.

The comedy Web site FunnyOrDie.com also received widespread attention for its gay marriage video “Prop 8: The Musical.”

The Webby Awards, which reward online excellence from a wide variety of sources, are now in their 13th year.

Meanwhile, NBC television network’s Web site, NBC.com, received 12 nominations for its online coverage of last year’s Beijing Summer Olympics and for its streaming of full-feature TV episodes.

FunnyOrDie.com, a site created by comedian Will Ferrell and actor/director Adam McKay, earned two nominations for its production last December of a video called “Prop 8: The Musical”.  The site received one nomination for best individual comedy episode and another for best writing.

The video starred comedian Jack Black and openly gay actor Neil Patrick Harris, and spoofed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages that California approved last November.   

The satirical online newspaper The Onion earned eight nominations, while the Daily Beast news site, the cooking site Cookstr and the humorous FAIL Blog all received two nominations. 

Popular social networking site Celebrity Tweet, which collects short online posts from Hollywood stars, received nominations in the celebrity category.

Winners of the Webby awards will be announced on May 5 and honored in a June 8 ceremony in New York.

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