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May 20, 2020

24th Annual Webby Awards Recap

Patton Oswalt hosted the first-of-its-kind Internet celebration honoring this year’s Webby Award winners and the influential individuals and organizations who are positively using the Internet in response to the incredible difficulties imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, including DJ D-Nice (presented by Michelle Obama), John Krasinski (presented byOswalt), Miley Cyrus (presented by Demi Lovato), Tom Hanks (presented by Judah Friedlander) and high school student Avi Schiffmann (presented by Dr. Anthony Fauci).

Image Credit: Some Good News

The 24th Annual Webby Awards honored the year’s biggest Internet visionaries and activists with an innovative Internet Celebration where each winner received their own personalized version of the ceremony. This year’s show, dubbed WFH: Webbys From Home, was dedicated to honoring the outstanding individuals and organizations who are using the Internet in response to the incredible difficulties imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. 

This year’s Webby Winners, Special Achievement Honorees, and Presenters included former First Lady Michelle Obama, NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, late-night hosts Desus & Mero, American singer-songwriter Miley Cyrus, American DJ D-Nice, Actor John Krasinski, Co-Inventor of the Internet Vint Cerf, American Actor Tom Hanks,Sesame Street favorite Oscar the Grouch, Creator Avi Schiffmann, American Comedian Jimmy Fallon, Writer & Comedian Sarah Cooper, Actress Kristen Bell, Italian Restaurateur Massimo Bottura, among many more. 

Returning for the fourth time, host Patton Oswalt kicked off his opening monologue from the comfort of his backyard: “Hey everyone! Welcome to the Webbys From Home, celebrating the Internet and all the ways it helped us get through this terrible crisis… I’m Patton Oswalt your host or after 60 days, your living sourdough bread loaf… pour a nice glass of pino bleach-rigio, get comfortable in those sweatpants that you’ve been wearing for the past month and let’s recognize your amazing work on the Internet.” 

Patton Oswalt presented the Webby Special Achievement to John Krasinski for creating and hosting Some Good News, a show that uplifts people and makes them laugh while shining a light on the positive news stories from around the world and calling on celebrities to create memorable moments for fans. Oswalt said, “Since the first episode of Some Good News that launched on Youtube at the end of March, the web series created by John Krasinski has amplified stories of love and compassion bringing smiles to over 17 million viewers.” John said in his five word speech, “You are the good news.”