Webby Awards Names Nominees

NEW YORK The Webby Awards—the so-called “Online Oscars”—revealed on Tuesday the nominees for this year’s best Web sites in 30 categories. Winners of the seventh annual awards show will be announced on June 5.

The nominees are selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a global organization that includes more than 480 members such as musician David Bowie, political columnist Arianna Huffington, Simpsons creator Matt Groening, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser and Oracle chairman Larry Ellison.

The list of nominees in categories like humor, music, services, and government and law includes The Onion, Flaming Lips, Evite and NASA, respectively.

A complete list of nominees is available at www.webbyawards.com/main/webby_awards/nominees.html.

For the third year, the academy will present the Best Practices Award, which recognizes a single Web site that serves as a model of excellence. This year’s nominees are: Commanding Heights Online (www.pbs.org/commandingheights); Edutopia (www.glef.org); Movable Type (www.movabletype.org); Theban Mapping Project (www.thebanmappingproject.com) and Wired News (www.wired.com).

The public can also vote for their favorite Web sites in the People’s Voice Awards at www.webbyawards.com/peoplesvoice/.