Webby Awards Nominees Include Jim Carrey, the Muppets, the Old Spice Guy

By Kevin Fallon

The Webby Awards nominees were announced this morning. The idiosyncratic trophy organization rewards "the best of the web"—perhaps the only awards that nominate The Hangover's Zach Galifianakis and the New York Times' David Pogue in the same category. Spanning dozens of categories ranging from "Best Blog - Political" (congrats to TheAtlantic.com/Politics) to "Best Weird," the awards honor everything from news websites to web series to actors to viral videos.

The variety of areas being rewarded means the likes of Jim Carrey (Best Individual Performance, Funny or Die's Presidential Reunion) is nominated at the same ceremony as the Old Spice guy (Best Viral Marketing) and Twitter (Best Community). The full list of nominees—which include Lisa Kudrow, Snoop Dogg, Angry Birds, and "The Bed Intruder"—is available on the Webby Awards website. The winners, determined by both a judges panel and popular vote, will be announced June 13, when honorees will famously be asked to give four word acceptance speeches.

In the meantime, we've singled out some of the best most interesting nominees, some of which we didn't even stumble upon until this year's list was announced:

Comedy: Individual Short or Episode
Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis: Steve Carell

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Best Branded Entertainment Video
Ode to a Post-it Note



Best Viral Video
The Sandpit

The Sandpit from Sam O'Hare on Vimeo.



Other, non-embeddable higlights:
The Johnny Cash Project - Best Music
Google Translate for Animals - Best Viral Marketing
Most Awesomest Thing Ever - Best Weird
Arcade Fire Unstaged Pre Show - Best Branded Entertainment Video
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers official website - Best Celebrity/Fansite

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