Five-Word Speeches Steal Show at First-Ever Webby Film and Video Awards

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Ninja of "Ask a Ninja" and Jessica Lee Rose of "lonelygirl15" named best actor and actress.

Statler and Waldorf: From the Balcony

Jessica Lee Rose, a.k.a. "lonelygirl15", made history with what was undoubtedly the shortest Best Actress award speech ever at yesterday's inaugural Webby Film and Video Awards, the first major awards to honor original film and video premiering on the Internet.

Along with a dozen other winners at the star-studded gala, Rose was merely observing the famous five-word limit placed on all Webby Awards acceptance speeches, a crowd-pleaser since the awards' inception eleven years ago.

"Being traditional and saying thanks," said Rose.

Rose, who played the enigmatic title character in the acclaimed fictional video diary "lonelygirl15," was one of two online superstars to be honored with the first-ever Webby Special Achievement Award for Acting. "Ninja," from the breakout Web comedy series "Ask a Ninja," won the award for Best Actor.

Other speech highlights included:

"Thanks Mom. Thanks Internet fans."

  • "Ninja" of "Ask a Ninja" (Best Actor)

"Accounting is such a riot."
-Actress Angela Kinsey, star of the "The Office Webisodes" (Best Comedy: Short)

"18,000,000 views. Still no dates."

  • Fritz Grobe, co-creator of "The Great Diet Coke and Mentos Experiments" (Best Viral Video)

"Web is the new cinema."

  • Josh Rubin, founder and editor-in-chief of CoolHunting (Best Music/Variety)

"Squeeze yourself…that's from Grandpa."
-Halcyon, creator of HugNation (Best Reality)

"War. What's it good for?"

  • Kevin Sites of "Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone" (Best News/Documentary)

"Not bad for two Geezers."

  •'s "Statler and Waldorf: From the Balcony"

"Imagine us with a budget."

  • Brad Winderbaum, creator of, winner of Best Drama

A list of all speeches can be found at:

Hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times, The 11th Annual Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring Web sites, online film and video, interactive advertising, and mobile content. The judging panel for The Webby Film and Video Awards was comprised of more than 80 entertainment industry leaders, including The Sundance Channel's Larry Aidem, Showtime chief Matt Blank, 20th Century Fox Chairman Jim Gianopoulos, and Harvey Weinstein.

More than 300 winners, industry leaders, and celebrities attended The Webby Film and Video Awards, which was hosted by comedian Rob Corddry ("The Winner", "The Daily Show").

About The Webby Awards:
Hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Web sites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile web sites. Established in 1996, the 11th Annual Webby Awards received a record 8,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Adobe; The Creative Group; Verizon; AOL Video; dotMobi; The Barbarian Group; DoubleClick; Absolut; CondéNast|CondéNet; Level3; Adweek; Fortune; Reuters; Variety; Wired; IDG: Brightcove; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced.Net; KobeMail and Museum of the Moving Image.

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Patrick Kowalczyk
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