CHATSWORTH, Calif. -
The nominations for the 2006 AVN Awards were announced
today, with winners in 104 different categories to be
revealed at the 2006 AVN Awards Show on Jan. 7 in Las
here to view a complete list of the nominations.
Pirates, from Digital Playground/Adam & Eve, led
all titles with a record 24 nominations, the most ever for a
single video feature. Vivid’s The New Devil in Miss
Jones also broke a nominations record, gaining 19, the
most ever for a feature film.
Wicked’s feature film Eternity earned 17
nominations, Michael Ninn’s video/film hybrid
Catherine garnered 15 nominations in video categories,
and New Sensations’ Dark Angels 2, the sequel to
AVN’s 2001 Best Video Feature, netted 16 noms. Red
Light District’s first foray into features, Dark
Side, received 16 film nominations and Jules Jordan
(distributed by Evil Angel) grabbed 20 nominations for
productions and sex scenes.
Production companies nominated for AVN Awards should
immediately send or hand deliver DVD copies of each
nominated title to:
9414 Eton Ave.
Chatsworth, Ca. 91311
Attention: Heidi Pike-Johnson
AVN requires 45 copies of each title nominated
for Best Film, Best Video, Best Gonzo Release, Best Sex
Comedy, Best All-Sex Release and Best DVD. AVN
requires 30 copies of each nominated title or scene in
all other categories. For lines nominated in the series
categories, producers should send 30 copies of two
volumes of the series released between Oct. 1, 2004 and
Sept. 30, 2005. The number of copies is to insure that the
largest number of AVN voters can see the nominated
titles and scenes. Questions about the voting screeners
should be directed to Pike-Johnson at 818.718.5788, x-154 or
In addition to the 104 competitive categories, AVN
also announced its inductees into the 2006 Hall of Fame, the
winner of this year’s Reuben Sturman Award (to
Extreme’s Robert and Janet Zicari for their defense of
their federal obscenity indictment) and a special award for
Evil Angel founder John Stagliano for his stage show of
Several new categories are debuting this year, including
Crossover Star of the Year (rewarding adult talent’s
impact in the mainstream media), Best New Video Production
Company and several new Specialty awards. With the impending
demise of VHS, longstanding multiple packaging categories
have been condensed into one Best Packaging award.
“I’m very proud of our staff, having spent the
better part of five weeks doing nothing but looking at sex
scenes and performances in a locked office,” laughed
Paul Fishbein, president of AVN Publications.
“It was a long, tedious process, but everyone who
submitted materials to be looked at for awards had their
movies watched by the nominating group.”
With 13,588 titles released during the eligibility period of
between Oct. 1, 2004 and Sept. 30, 2005 (including re-release
DVDs and compilations), 7,000 of which were new releases, the
AVN staff sorted through a record number of
productions to come up with the final nomination list.
“We reviewed close to 6,000 new releases during the
last 12 months, and then, after some companies submitted
releases, there were a bunch we had never seen before,”
said AVN Editor-in-Chief Mike Ramone. “Also, if
freelance writers who weren’t present during the
nominating meetings had pre-nommed anything during the year,
we watched those as well.”
Fishbein estimates that well over 1,000 sex scenes were
viewed during the five-week nominating process.
“Watching everyone arguing over the merits of the best
anal scenes may seem crazy to the outside world,” he
said. “But we all take it quite seriously."
Fishbein continued, “By comparison, the Academy Awards
deal with less than 500 releases. So those of you who think
15 nominations in any category is too much, just think about
those sheer numbers.
“With all of the companies producing quality product,
and all the people working in this vast business, to shrink
the nominations down to say, five or six in any category just
for the sake of it, would be a travesty and unfair to all the
hard-working people in the business.”
Senior Associate Editor Heidi Pike-Johnson, who tracks all
of the new releases sent to AVN during the year, said
that this year’s nominating process was one of the most
“People really stepped up this year in terms of
quality and producing big, event movies,” Pike-Johnson
said. “Of course, everyone is putting out more releases
than ever before, but it’s nice to see production
values and some really creative stuff.”
The nominations will be permanently found at AVNawards.com,
along with information on the 2006 AVN Awards Show.