The 1st Annual Streamy Awards were held last Saturday, honoring the best in original shows on the Internet, and they could be watched around the world – where else? – online! Aside from the baby award show’s adorable moniker, the Streamys proved yet again that you don’t have to be a household name to get recognition in cyberspace. While Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog pretty much swept the event, with seven wins (including the craft awards held two days earlier), lesser-known talent like the fresh faces of the hilarious college mockumentary Dorm Life and the Renaissance Faire comedy All’s Faire (which reminds me of the battle scene in Role Models but with more girls) at least earned themselves nominations for Best Ensemble Cast in a Web Series. (You can see the complete list of winners here.)
While I voted my heart out for Dorm Life (which was nominated for Audience Choice Award for Best Web Series), sadly, I couldn’t beat Dr. Horrible’s devoted fans. I strongly recommend you check out the very short, very funny first episode of Dorm Life (below). If you’ve ever imagined what The Office would be like if Dwight were in charge…and wore puka shells, you won’t be disappointed.
Anyway, I, for one, am thrilled that web TV continues to gain so much attention, and I can’t see why anyone wouldn’t be. As a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Neil Patrick Harris, it’s awesome to see sci-fi mastermind Joss Whedon working on any screen, big or small. After all, a Joss Whedon masterpiece is a Joss Whedon masterpiece, no matter where it unspools. And for the rest of the world, if you’ve got an idea and some sort of video camera, clearly you don’t have to wait for a big network name to back you up anymore.
But what about you? What are some of your favorite online shows that you would like to see honored for distracting you, PopWatchers? And how great a name for a Web show is You Suck at Photoshop?