Tonight is the 17th Annual Cybersocket Web Awards held at the Penthouse in West Hollywood, CA and we have a overview of some of the nominees in advance of the awards. The awards show will start around 10:30 PM Pacific so for many non-West Coastfns you probably won’t hear about the results until the AM. And hopefully we’ll have the full list for you.
The Cybersocket Web Awards honors gay adult websites, the performers, individual scenes, series, etc. As usual the awards features “Surfers’ Choice” (winners are determined by fans) and “Industry Choice” (winners determined by industry people) categories. Being the first gay porn awards of the year the Cybersockets are often the predictors for the awards that follow.
They also kick off a big week which includes the multi-day industry-related XBIZ Show which culminates in the XBIZ Awards in Thursday January 12. AND this weekend is the HustlaBall Vegas event which starts with an opening Party on Thursday January 12 and finishes with the closing party which starts late on Sunday January 15 and runs through the wee hours of Monday. We’ll have more on these latter events coming up…
Predicting these porn awards, especially the Cybersockets which are determined from online voting is difficult at best. We WANT to believe that fans take into consideration quality or at least give thoughtful consideration to the criteria but there’s no way to tell.
BEST NEW SITE. There weren’t as many new sites this year as in the past and several really are niche sites of existing sites. There are some new sites from the past year that didn’t make the cut-off date either and will probably make it next year. At least one is an existing site under new ownership. We think this year will be a surprise.
BEST PERSONALITY. This category is loaded up with people, in front of the camera or behind it, who promote porn and/or erotica and their interests in seemingly unrelated topics. There are previous winners here too so it’s possible we’ll see a rerun. If fans voted for someone who hasn’t won before we hope that Erik Schut, Boomer Banks, Jesse Jackman, Marc MacNamara, Jake Jaxson, and RJ Sebastian are top contenders.
BEST PORN BLOG or REVIEW SITE. Of course WE would love to win, but there are many deserving choices including previous winners. We’d be very happy if Gay Daily Hot got it..it’s way overdue.
BEST PORN STAR. Again, just too many nominees. We offered a solution for this category and the others to do this in stages. An early vote that reduces the list to 10 or less and then another round of voting to narrow these down to the winner. And it should be two. This year we think the winner(s) will be among this group: Adam Ramzi, Alex Mecum, Boomer Banks, Bruce Beckham, Colby Keller, JJ Knight, Levi Karter, Ryan Rose, Sean Zevran, Sebastian Kross, and Tayte Hanson.
BEST NEWCOMER. Following the same above criteria narrowing down this list would be a benefit to all.
That said, here there are some clear frontrunners Bruno Bernal, Carter Dane, Derek Bolt, Jack Hunter, JJ Knight, Matthew Bosch, and Tex Davidson. BUT we think Carter Dane is the clear favorite.
BEST MOVIE or WEB SERIES. Cauke for President (TitanMen), One Erection: The Un-Making of a Boy Band (Cocky Boys); Stiff Sentence (Hot House); Tarzan: A Gay XXX Parody (Men.com), and VIP – After Hours (Falcon) would appear to be the top contenders and we think Cocky Boys may be the frontrunner. Again, a two-step voting process would clear out the logjam
BEST PORN PARODY or SATIRE. No clutter here. The Tarzan series should be here too though. As is though we think Cauke for President (TitanMen) and One Erection: The Un-Making of a Boy Band (Cocky Boys) are the frontrunners.
BEST SEX SCENE. Several memorable nominees here stick out and for many reasons are top contenders. The Colby Keller/Carter Dane debut scene at Cocky Boys; Jack Harrer, Joel Birkin, & Claude Sorel in “Offensively Large” at BelAmi Online; Johnny V. & Alex Mecum in “VIP: After Hours” at Falcon Studios; Rocco Steele & JD Phoenix in “Sexperiment Ep. 4: Take My Pretty Hole Daddy” at NakedSword; and Tex Davidson & Eric Nero in “Tax Man Cumeth” at TitanMen. All filmed very well and probably have become spank bank material. We lean towards the Colby/Carter scene but we also love anything with Johnny V and Alex Mecum, and the pairing of Rocco & JD is epic.
BEST EUROPEAN SITE. We love so many of these sites that it was difficult to place a vote. BUT, still the favorite would have to be Bel Ami Online.
BEST FETISH SITE. The number of nominees tells us interest in fetish material definitely hasn’t waned. The nominees here run the gamut here but the site that made the biggest change and may have the best chance is Kink Men, now a moderately priced mega-site.
BEST ETHNIC-THEMED SITE. It’s hard to figure out from all these nominees which site should or will win. BUT, we still think that Peter Le’s Peter Fever covers more ground than the others. Peter has made this a more diverse site over the years and works hard on it.
BEST NICHE SITE. We think the addition of this category works to give a place for those sites that are specialized but don’t necessarily fit into the above categories. Still the sites we think are the favorites are more in the fetish style: Maskurbate, MenAtPlay, & Gentlemen’s Closet.
BEST VIDEO SITE. Yes, of course we’d like it if there were fewer nominees, reduced from a round or two of preliminary voting. And we would certainly eliminate the sites that haven’t regularly updated in months. We also still believe that Cocky Boys is a perennial front runner and deservedly so. But fans do have reason to think that MEN.com, Bel Ami, Gay Room, Helix Studios, and Next Door World are also hot contenders. We shall see…
That’s it for the categories we have some basis to make reasonable assessments. But we’ll have all the winners soon.