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The categories were for both Official sites, and Fan Run sites, and then winners were picked by Popular vote among fans, and by the Editor’s of Movies.com. That’s why there are two winners in each category. Sometimes it’s the same site, and sometimes two sites won an award.
The awards event was held at the Lucky Strike bowling alley at the Hollywood and Highland complex, and included a complimentary game. We were treated to an open bar and food (hot dogs and hamburgers, a bowling alley staple if ever there was one) and everyone from Movies.com were super nice. This is one group that understands hospitality, with one staffer actually fetching bowling shoes for the guests.
I didn’t know that much about Movies.com, but found out they are part of the Disney web family, so they are much bigger than I thought they were. Some of the other guests I talked with were from the DanRadcliffe.com site, the TeamNicole.com site, and Keith from the Ian McKellan site. Because this was a local event, and not too terribly big, it was basically just local staff for the various websites in attendance. But that didn’t seem to matter, it was a very nice event hosted by cool people and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. They even gave us gift bags on top of the awards, so kudos there.
The awards of interest to LOTR fans are as follows:
TheOneRing.net won the award for the Best Movie Fan Website, as decided upon by the Editors of Movies.com. Muggle.net won the Fan vote in this category.
TBHL won the award for the Best Director Fan site in the Fan Vote category, while Spielbergfilms.com won the Editor’s choice award.
BillyBoyd.net also won the Best Official Actor site award as voted by the Fans, while Adam Sandler’s official site won the Editor’s choice award.