Nominees announced for 'Oscars of the Web'

Dust off the feather boa, the Webbys are coming around again. The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences has announced the nominees for the fifth annual Webby Awards, which is billed as the Oscars of the Internet and pays tribute to some of the most creative, informative and just plain wacky sites on the Web. (The Webby Awards is owned by IDG, the parent company of Digit.) Members of the public can vote for the People's Choice Awards at from April 30 through July 4. In addition, a panel of judges that includes entertainment icons such as David Bowie and Francis Ford Coppola will vote on the Webby Awards themselves. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on July 18, which will be Webcast from San Francisco's opulent War Memorial Opera House. Webby Awards Founder and Director Tiffany Shlain downplayed the impact of the past year's dot-com fizzle and said the quality of entries is as high as ever. There's a "certain disconnect" between the downturn in the economy and the fact that more consumers than ever are accessing the Internet, she said. "I really believe that in challenging times it forces people to do better work," she said. "In many ways the Web is going back to its roots. The people who were in it just to get rich quick have gone ... and we're left with some really creative people who've been here for a long time." The 135 nominees are divided into 27 categories. They are as follows: Activism act for change Independent Media Center PETA Protest Net Volunteer Match Broadband 120 Seconds Heavy Once Upon A Forest Pulitzer Newseum - Photos Yahoo!Finance Vision Commerce mySimon Travelocity Community Beliefnet ChickClick craigslist Kuro5hin {fray} Education A Biography of America ExploreMath Nova Online The New York Times Learning Network Fashion Celine eLUXURY Hint Fashion Magazine Kirna Zabete SoWear Film Eveo indieWIRE Psycho Studio Requiem For A Dream The New Venue Finance CBS Marketwatch Motley Fool PayPal Yahoo! Finance Games Gamasutra GameLab SiSSYFiGHT Government & Law City of Sydney Cornell Legal Information Institute ICOURTHOUSE Nolo Self-Help Law Center Health HIV STOPS WITH ME Medbroadcast Planned Parenthood Golden Gate teenwire ThriveOnline Humor FuckedCompany Modern Humorist National Lampoon Dotcom SatireWire The Onion Kids AfriCam Fact Monster LUGNET Student Coalition for Alternatives to the MCAS teenwire Living Baby Center Campaign For Our Children ChickClick Epicurious The Knot Music Erykah Badu sputnik7 News BCC News Online CNN Inside Salon CNET News.Com Personal Blogger Dancing Paul {fray} {theboar} Politics - AllPolitics Hotline Scoop NPR Election 2000 Print & Zines Feed Magazine Mother Jones Magazine Nerve Plastic The Radio BBC World Service COMFM Fresh Air StormLive Youth Radio Science 7Stones Dive and Discover Molecular Expressions Plus Magazine Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Services PayPal PlanetFeedback SHOUTcast Vindigo Volunteer Match Spirituality BuddhaNet Council on Spiritual Practices Kids 4 Truth World Prayers ZEN Sports CBS Planet Rugby Swell Travel Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel Online Expedia IExplore IgoUgo Tom Parson's TV http://go.espn.com History Channel NBC Olympics PBS Online http://www.pbs.org Weird Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization Disinformation Fortean Times Online Peter Pan's Home Page Weird N.J.

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