2010 AVN Awards Nominations Announced
Adam & Eve's Kayden Kross at the 2009 AVN Awards
Last Wednesday, thenominations for the AVN Awards, considered the Oscars of the adult industry, were announced. Hosted by Digital Playground's Kayden Kross and Wicked Pictures' Kirsten Price, the 2010 edition will take place on January 9th inside the Palms Casino Resort at the Pearl Theater in Las Vegas. As in previous years, it will be held the week of the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo, which will be on January 7th-10th at the Sands Expo and Convention Center."Awards will be given out in 125 categories, including Best Video Feature, Best Parody, Female Performer of the Year, Best Adult Website and numerous Best Sex Scene awards," according to AVN. "Nominations were culled from submissions by producers of products released between Oct. 1, 2008 and Sept. 30, 2009. 'We counted 6,897 actual new releases, from a total of 13,056 titles put out on DVD (including comps, amateurs and re-releases) this year,' said Paul Fishbein, president of AVN Media Network." "'We had a tough time even getting down to 15 in any particular category,' said Dan Miller, executive editor of AVN. 'Numbers 16 to 30 in any category were often as strong as the top choices. There was that much good product this year.'"
More after the jump.
Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge castmembers Evan Stone, Sasha Grey, Riley Steele, Stoya, Katsuni, Jesse Jane & Tommy Gunn surround Digital Playground president Samantha Lewis (fourth from left), at the 2009 AVN Awards
Adam & Eve Pictures' apocalyptic The 8th Day and Wicked Pictures' sci-fi 2040, with 20 and 18 nominations respectively, are arguably the frontrunners for Best Video Feature, against stiff competition that includes Evil Angel's Asian-noir Pure, directed by the late David Aaron Clark, with 13 nominations, Vivid Entertainment Group's Deep Throat remake Throat: A Cautionary Tale, featuring Sasha Grey, with 13 nominations, and Vivid-Alt's docu-drama Pussy a Go Go with 7 nominations. And 2009's Best Video Feature winner, Digital Playground's epic Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge, will be honored with Best Selling & Renting Title of the Year.
The addition of Best Parody reflects an explosion in popularity and sales this year, with nominations for 30 Rock: A XXX Parody, Celebrity Apprentass, Crock of Love, Everybody Loves Lucy, The Jeffersons: A XXX Parody, Jon & Kate Fuck Eight, LA Pink, Not Married With Children XXX, Not the Cosbys XXX, Pink's Anatomy, Scrubs: A XXX Parody, Seinfeld: A XXX Parody, The Sex Files: A Dark XXX Parody, This Ain't Star Trek XXX, This Ain't Happy Days XX, and TMSleaze. And Clever Title of the Year always manages to produce groans and guffaws, with the nominees including Barrack's Big Stimulus Package, Boob-E, A Brutha Came in Your Mutha, Cash for Chunkers, Coctomom, It's OK! She's My Step Daughter, It's Big It's Black It's Inside Joanna, Jon & Kate Fuck Eight, Piggies for Porkin', Running a Train on Katie Kayne, Sexual Blacktivity, Twitter My Shitter, War on a Rack, Who's Nailin' Paylin?, and Your Mom Tossed My Salad.
As for individual performances, Bobbi Starr has possibly set a new record with 17 nominations, including multiple listings in the Best All-Girl Group Sex Scene, Best Group Sex Scene, and Most Outrageous Sex Scene categories, as well as Performer of the Year. Meanwhile, 2009 AVN Awards co-hosts Belladonna and Jenna Haze, as well as XRCO Award's Starlet of the Year winner Tori Black, each earned 16 nominations, and are competing against each other for Best All-Girl Couples Sex Scene and Female Performer of the Year. In addition, the aforementioned Sasha Grey, whose popularity this year surged due to her mainstream role in Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience and who is featured in a Lolita-themed pictorial in the current issue of Playboy, earned 10 nominations, including Jenna Jameson Crossover Star of the Year.
And for Best New Starlet, the adult equivalent of the Grammys' Best New Artist, the nominees include Asa Akira, Britney Amber, Angelina Armani, Kiara Diane, Kagney Linn Karter, London Keyes, Tanner Mayes, Nicole Ray, Emy Reyes, Natalia Rossi, Aryana Starr, Riley Steele, Janie Summers, Brynn Tyler, and Sadie West. Not to be outdone, MILF/Cougar Performer of the Year favors Lisa Ann due to her Sarah Palin impersonation, but her competitors include Julia Ann, Hunter Bryce, Raquel Devine, Diamond Foxxx, Darryl Hanah, Holly Halston, Kylie Ireland, Francesca Lé, Rachel Love, Kelly Madison, Persia Pele, RayVeness, Magdalene St. Michaels, and India Summer.