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2006 AVN Awards Nominations Announced
By: Dan Miller
Posted: 4:10 pm PST 11-25-2005

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 Vegas.

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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:

AVN

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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 at heidi@avn.com.

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 The Fashionistas.

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 rewarding ever.

“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.



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