Co-hosted by porn superstars Belladonna and Jenna Haze with comedian Thea Vidale, the 26th annual awards show brought fans and media from around the world to the 12,000-seat venue to celebrate with a who's who of the adult entertainment industry.
Highlights of the show included a rousing musical performance from Grammy-nominated artist Flo Rida, featuring a surprise appearance by ex-Public Enemy hype man and reality TV star Flavor Flav. Fellow rapper T-Pain also jumped on stage to join the big production number.
Hustler founder Larry Flynt delivered a speech to the AVN Awards audience for the second consecutive year, addressing this week's high-profile publicity stunt in which Flynt and 'Girls Gone Wild' CEO Joe Francis asked Congress for a $5 billion bailout to help the adult industry.
"We have a solution," Flynt quipped. "It's called bankruptcy."
While Flynt last year predicted doom and gloom for the industry from the Mandalay stage, he sounded a more hopeful note for 2009. The hardcore trailblazer emphasized that producers of adult entertainment still have a strong future if they focus on delivering quality product.
As expected, Digital Playground's blockbuster sequel Pirates II swept the awards, scoring trophies for Best Video Feature, Best Director for company co-founder Joone, and Best Actor for Evan Stone, among others.
Haze won the coveted Female Performer of the Year trophy, while Digital Playground contract girl Stoya was crowned Best New Starlet. Joanna Angel accepted James Deen's award for Male Performer of the Year.
The 2009 AVN Adult Movie Awards recognized outstanding achievement in 127 categories. Following are the winners in the order they were announced:
1. Best Interactive DVD - My Plaything: Ashlynn Brooke, Digital Sin 2. Best Oral Sex Scene - Annette Schwarz, Face Fucking Inc. 3, Joey Silvera/Evil Angel 3. Best Girl-Girl Sex Scene - Jesse Jane & Belladonna, Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge 4. Best Film - Cry Wolf, Vivid Entertainment Group 5. Best Actor - Evan Stone, Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge 6. Best Gonzo Release - The Gauntlet 3, Vouyer Media 7. Best Anal Sex Scene - Big Wet Asses 13, Sunny Lane & Manuel Ferrara 8. Best Sex Comedy - Not Bewitched XXX 9. Male Performer of the Year - James Deen 10. Best Interracial Release - Lex the Impaler 3, Jules Jordan Video 11. Web Starlet of the Year - Catalina Cruz 12. Best Couples Sex Scene - Cry Wolf, Monique Alexander & Mr. Marcus 13. Best New Starlet - Stoya 14. Top Renting and Selling Release (Best Renting/Selling Release) - Cheerleaders, Digital Playground 15. Best Actress - jessica drake, Fallen, Wicked Pictures 16. Best Director Feature - Joone, Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge 17. Female Performer of the Year - Jenna Haze 18. Best Video Feature - Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge 19. Hall Of Fame - Lisa Ann, Briana Banks, Jewel De'Nyle, Guy DiSilva, Wesley Emerson, Tim Lake, Mr. Marcus, Midori, Tera Patrick, Carter Stevens, Lexington Steele, Luc Wylder 20. Hall Of Fame - Founders Branch - Frank & Michael K, IVD; Steve Toushin, Bijou Video; Howie Klein & Al Bloom, Caballero Home Video 21. Hall Of Fame - Internet Founders - Greg Clayman & Chuck Tsiamis, Video Secrets; Andrew Conru, Adult Friend Finder; Al Hadhazy, iFriends/Amateur Hardcore; Ron Levi, Cybererotica/CECash; David Van der Poel & Toine Rodenberg, Python 22. Best Supporting Actor - Ben English, Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge 23. Best Supporting Actress - Belladonna, Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge 24. Best Non-Sex Performance - Nina Hartley, Not Bewitched XXX 25. Best Tease Performance - Jenna Haze, Pretty as They Cum, Chris Streams/Jules Jordan 26. Female Foreign Performer Of The Year - Eve Angel 27. Male Foreign Performer Of The Year - Rocco Siffredi 28. Best Male Newcomer - Anthony Rosano 29. Best New Web Starlet - Bree Olson 30. MILF/Cougar Performer of the Year - Lisa Ann 31. The Jenna Jameson Crossover Star Of The Year - Katie Morgan 32. Best All-Girl 3-Way Sex Scene - Belladonna's Girl Train, Belladonna, Aiden Starr & Kimberly Kane 33. Best All-Girl Group Sex Scene - Cheerleaders, Jesse Jane, Shay Jordan, Stoya, Adrianna Lynn, Brianna Love, Lexxi Tyler, Memphis Monroe, Sophia Santi & Priya Rai 34. Best Threeway Sex Scene - The Jenny Hendrix Anal Experience, Jenny Hendrix, Delilah Strong & Michael Stefano 35. Best Group Sex Scene - Icon, Hillary Scott, Heidi Mayne, Mark Davis, Alec Knight, Cheyne Collins & Alex Sanders 36. Best POV Sex Scene - Double Vision 2, Tory Lane, Katja Kassin & Erik Everhard 37. Best Sex Scene In A Foreign-Shot Production - Ass Traffic 3, Bonny Bon, Anthony Hardwood, Mugar, Nick Lang, Frank Gun & Lauro Gotto 38. Best Solo Sex Scene - Teagan Presley, Not Bewitched XXX, X-Play/Adam & Eve 39. Best Double Penetration Sex Scene - Fallen, jessica drake, Eric Masterson & Brad Armstrong 40. Most Outrageous Sex Scene - Night of the Giving Head, Rodnievision, "When There’s No More Room at the Kandy Kat, the Dead Souls Will Blow You at Home" 41. Best Screenplay - Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge, Joone & Max Massimo 42. Best Art Direction - Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge 43. Best Cinematography - Paid Companions, Studio A Entertainment, Andrew Blake 44. Best Videography - Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge, Joone & Oliver Henry 45. Best Editing - Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge, Joey Pulgades 46. Best Special Effects - Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge 47. Best Music Soundtrack - Bad Luck Betties, Vivid-Alt 48. Best Original Song - Dark City, Adam & Eve, "Please" 49. Best Makeup - Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge 50. Best New Line - Spearmint Rhino Films 51. Best New Series - Ashlynn Goes to College, New Sensations 52. Best DVD Extras - Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge 53. Best DVD Menus - Fallen, Wicked Pictures 54. Best Packaging - Fallen, Wicked Pictures 55. Best Packaging Innovation - Burn, Vivid Entertainment Group 56. Best Overall Marketing Campaign - Company Image, Digital Playground 57. Best Overall Marketing Campaign - Individual Project, Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge 58. Best Online Marketing Campaign - Company Image, Evil Angel.com 59. Best Online Marketing Campaign - Individual Project, Roller DollzXXX.com, Adam & Eve/Zero Tolerance 60. Best Adult Website, Brazzers.com 61. Best Retail Website, AdamEve.com 62. Best New Video Production Company, Brazzers 63. Clever Title of the Year, Strollin in the Colon, Hustler Video 64. Director Of The Year, Brad Armstrong 65. Best Director – Ethnic Video, Jules Jordan, Lex the Impaler 3 66. Best Director – Foreign Feature, Juan Carlos & Jesus Villaobos, Jason Colt: Mystery of the Sexy Diamonds, Private 67. Best Director – Foreign Non-Feature, Christoph Clark, Nasty Intentions 2 68. Best Director – Non-Feature, Eli Cross, Icon, SexZ Pictures 69. Best Gonzo Series, Slutty and Sluttier, Manuel Ferrara/Evil Angel 70. Best Vignette Release, Cheerleaders, Digital Playground 71. Best Vignette Series, Cheating Wives Tales, New Sensations 72. Best High-End All-Sex Release, Icon, SexZ Pictures 73. Best All-Sex Release, Alexis Texas is Buttwoman, Elegant Angel Productions 74. Best Continuing Series, Ashlynn Goes to College, New Sensations 75. Best Classic Release, Zazel, Cal Vista/Metro 76. Best Educational Release, Tristan Taramino’s Expert Guide to Oral Sex 2, Vivid-Ed 77. Best High-Definition Production, Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge 78. Best Foreign Feature, Jason Colt, Mystery of the Sexy Diamonds, Private 79. Best Foreign All-Sex Release, Rocco: Animal Trainer 25, Rocco Siffredi/Evil Angel 80. Best Foreign All-Sex Series, Ass Traffic, Cruel Media/Evil Angel 81. Best Anal-Themed Release, Weapons of Ass Destruction 6, Jules Jordan Video 82. Best Anal-Themed Series, Tie: Evil Anal, Manuel Ferrara/Evil Angel & Butthole Whores, Belladonna/Evil Angel 83. Best All-Girl Release, Girlvana 4, Zero Tolerance 84. Best All-Girl Series, Women Seeking Women, Girlfriends Films 85. Best Ethnic-Themed Release – Asian, Asia Noir 6, Video Team/Metro 86. Best Ethnic-Themed Series – Asian, Naughty Little Asians, Third World Media 87. Best Ethnic-Themed Release – Black, Black Ass Addiction 2, Alexander DeVoe/Jules Jordan 88. Best Ethnic-Themed Series – Black, Black Ass Addiction, Alexander DeVoe/Jules Jordan 89. Best Ethnic-Themed Release – Latin, Mami Culo Grande 6, Justin Slayer International 90. Best Ethnic-Themed Series – Latin, Young Tight Latinas, Red Light District 91. Best Interracial Series, It’s Big, It’s Black, It’s Jack, Vouyer Media 92. Best POV Release, Jack’s POV 9, Digital Playground 93. Best POV Series, Double Vision, Erik Everhard/Jules Jordan 94. Best Oral-Themed Release, Blow Job Perversion, Jazz Duro/Evil Angel 95. Best Oral-Themed Series, Face Fucking, Inc., Joey Silvera/Evil Angel 96. Best Amateur Release , ATK Exotics 2, Amateur Teen Kingdom/Kick Ass Pictures 97. Best Amateur Series, Cherries, Homegrown Select/Pure Play 98. Best Pro-Am Release, First Time Auditions 5, Reality Kings/Pulse 99. Best Pro-Am Series, Bang Bus, Bang Productions 100. Best Alternative Release, Spring Break 2008, DreamGirls 101. Best Animated Release, Night When Evil Falls, Vol. 1, Adult Source Media 102. Unsung Male Performer Of The Year, Charles Dera 103. Unsung Starlet Of The Year, Amber Rayne 104. Best Big Bust Release, Big Tits at School, Brazzers/Jules Jordan 105. Best Big Bust Series, Big Wet Tits, Elegant Angel Productions 106. Best Big Butt Release, Big Wet Asses 13, Elegant Angel Productions 107. Best Big Butt Series, Big Wet Asses, Elegant Angel Productions 108. Best BD/SM Release, House of Sex and Domination, Private/Pure Play 109. Best Internal Release, All Internal 7, Cruel Media/Jules Jordan 110. Best Internal Series, Ass Cream Pies, Anabolic Video 111. Best Spanking Release, Credit Card Fraud, Kelly Payne Productions 112. Best Foot/Leg Fetish Release, Belladonna’s Foot Soldiers, Belladonna/Evil Angel 113. Best MILF Release, The Cougar Club, Third Degree Films 114. Best MILF Series, Seasoned Players, Tom Byron Pictures 115. Best Squirting Release, Jada Fire is Squirtwoman 3, Elegant Angel Productions 116. Best Squirting Series, Jada Fire is Squirtwoman, Elegant Angel Productions 117. Best Fem-Dom Strap On Release, MeanBitches Erotic Femdom 3, Kick Ass Pictures 118. Best Solo Release, All By Myself 3, Elegant Angel Productions 119. Best Orgy/Gang Bang Release, Big Boob Orgy, Third Degree Films 120. Best Orgy/Gang Bang Series, Cream Pie Orgy, Devil’s Film 121. Best Young Girl Release, Jailbait 5, Erik Everhard/Jules Jordan 122. Best Young Girl Series, It’s a Daddy Thing, Elegant Angel Productions 123. Best Transsexual Release, America’s Next Top Tranny 2, Goodfellas/Devil’s Film 124. Best Transsexual Series, Transsexual Babysitters, Devil’s Film 125. Transsexual Performer Of The Year, Wendy Williams 126. Best Specialty Release – Other Genre, Milk Nymphos 2, Jay Sin/Evil Angel 127. Best Specialty Series, Taboo, Hustler Video