1999 Webby Awards
The 1999 Webby Awards were held on March 18, 1999 at the Herbst Theater (War memorial Opera House) in San Francisco, California. IDG, which still owned the awards organization, continued to retain Tiffany Shlain to produce the awards even though the magazine division she had been working for had been shut down. Mayor Rudy Giuliani had lobbied to move the ceremony to New York City, but San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown interceded with Schlain by promising the City's support, including hosting a post-award party at the newly remodeled City Hall.
Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin arrived wearing rollerblades and metallic capes, and remained in the opera hall lobby to grant interviews while most guests were watching the awards in the theater. The event was noted for the famous incident in which a representative of Jodi.org, which had won in the arts category, called the event participants "Ugly corporate sons-of-bitches" in his acceptance speech and tossed his trophy to the audience. The organizers asked PricewaterhouseCoopers to tabulate and ensure security for the "People's Voice" winners, chosen by online voting.
Nominees and winners
|Category||Webby Award winner||People's Voice winner||Other nominees|
||Doors of Perception
||Last Will and Testament|
|SFMOMA Presents Bill Viola|
|The multi-cultural Recycler|
|The Gap Online|
|The Tire Rack|
||N/A||Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators|
|The Global Schoolhouse|
|The Math Forum|
||London Fashion Week
|Financial Services||The Motley Fool
|The Wall Street Journal|
|Java on the Brain|
|Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator|
||Mayo Clinic Health Oasis
|The Yuckiest Site on The Internet|
|Movie and Film||Internet Movie Database
|Ireland Film and Television Net|
|The Ultimate Band List|
||BBC News Online|
|Rough & Tumble|
|The New York Times|
|Politics and Law||The California Voter Foundation
||Free! The Freedom Forum Online
|The Non-Partisan Center for Responsive Politics|
|Web White & Blue|
|Print and Zines||Salon Magazine
|Radio||Freespeech Internet Television
|Internet Underground Music Archive|
||NASA Space Science Laboratory
|The University of Arizona - The Biology Project|
|Union of Concerned Scientists|
||The Sporting News
|Gist TV Listings|
|Lonely Planet On-line|
|Webby Technical Achievement||Amazon.com
||AltaVista Translation with Systran|
Winners and nominees are generally named according to the organization or website winning the award, although the recipient is, technically, the web design firm or internal department that created the winning site and in the case of corporate websites, the designer's client. Web links are provided for informational purposes, both in the most recently available archive.org version before the awards ceremony and, where available, the current website. Many older websites no longer exist, are redirected, or have been substantially redesigned.
- "Glitz, goofiness mark Webby Awards ceremony". CNN. 2000-05-12. Archived from the original on 2007-12-30. Retrieved 2008-01-02.
- Rachel Chalmers (March 22, 1999). "Usual Suspects Takes Webbies in Five Words or Less". Computergram International.
- "PricewaterhouseCoopers Address On-Line Balloting Issues for Webby Awards". Business Wire. 1999-03-17. Retrieved 2008-01-03.