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25th Anniversary AVN Awards Show

2009 AVN Adult Movie Awards

Saturday, January 10, 2009 -
Mandalay Bay Convention Center - Las Vegas, NV

Hosted By:

Belladonna and Jenna Haze Image Courtesy of AVN
Belladonna, Jenna Haze and Comedian Thea Vidale

Live Performances by: Flo Rida

Karen Stagliano from Evil Angel summed up the 2009 AVN Adult Movie Awards best in her press release congratulating the Producers, Directors and Stars of Evil Angel on their wins when she said “We won the most awards for any company that didn't release a movie with the word ‘pirates’ in the title.

It was a year when most of the major awards were a forgone conclusion, but in a field that has over 120 awards presented there is only so much "domination" one production can have over all.

This years show saw the first appearances of Belladonna and Jenna Haze as co-host's and both could not have been more thrilled to take part. Belladonna even gave one lucky fan the chance of a life-time as he got to escort her down the red carpet. Though come show time both displayed a grace and beauty that most people who have not met them would have never expected from two "gonzo" girls.

It also almost saw the first stabbing at an Awards Show when during one of Thea Vidale's monologue's Pat Myne could not remember how long he had been married to Alektra Blue. Alektra, for her part, played it very cool but if there was a couch in their hotel room I am fairly certain Pat became familiar with it later that evening.

Paul Thomas, in accepting the Best Film award for Cry Wolf, continued to espouse a love of film when he quoted himself from last year with the phrase “Film is dead. Long live Film!”. Though in a category that only saw two companies with nominations this year Mr. Thomas may soon find that the only person he is competing against in this category is himself.

One of the first awards given for the night was something of a surprise. Not too long ago the category of “Best Interactive” was seen as something of a dying breed. No one seemed to be turning them out but the few companies who had first started producing them. Recently though companies like Zero Tolerance, Third Degree and Jules Jordan have breathed new life into this genre and people are now waiting to see what they do next.

All that being said and even though they released titles staring the likes of Gina Lynn, Bree Olson and Sasha Grey it was not one of the new kids on the block who took home the prize but one of the companies who has been there from the beginning, New Sensations / Digital Sin. They, along with their lovely contract star Ashlynn Brooke walked away with the win for My Plaything Ashlynn Brooke showing the young upstarts that the old guard may not be ready to pass the torch just yet.

jessica drake's performance as a “Fallen” angel in the Brad Armstrong directed feature by the same name gave her a third “Best Actress” trophy having previously won for her performances in Manhunters (2007) and Fluff & Fold (2005). Beating out the likes of Sasha Grey (2008 AVN Performer of the Year), Jenna Haze (2009 AVN Performer of the Year), Jenna Jameson and Bree Olson (2008 Best New Starlet).

Belladonna even beat herself this evening when her scene from Belladonna's Girl Train with Aiden Starr and Kimberly Kane beat out her scene from Pirates II with Katsuni™ and Stoya™ for the Best All-Girl 3-Way.

Sunny Lane along with Manuel Ferraro could not have been happier in accepting their “Best Anal Sex Scene” award for her very first anal scene in Big Wet Asses 13, but don't expect this to be the first of many for the lovely star. She has already publicly stated that this is going to be a “special occasion” type of thing.

As happy as Sunny was to win her very first AVN Award though she was out done in the “giddy” with excitement department by our current “Best New Starlet” Stoya™. Who even after 45 minutes could still barely keep the large grin off her face. I think the beautiful contract star could still not believe that she had had beaten out the likes of Tori Black, Chayse Evans, Jandi Lin and Missy Stone, to name a few, in order to take home the prize.

Next came a win that, like Pirates II, many people said was inevitable and that was for “Best Sex Comedy”. Not Bewitched XXX was about as perfectly done as a porn comedy could be and with the likes of Teagan Presley, Jenna Haze, Nina Hartley and Eva Angelina on your cast how could you be anything other than great. Though this is a category where I expect the competition to be getting much tighter in the coming years. Just a look at this years nominations shows you that the industry is no longer viewing the “porn parody” as a 70's throw back so I expect great things to come, especially considering we have the release of “Operation: Tropical Stormy” and Nurses to look forward to in early 2009.

In the end Pirates II ended up with 15 of the 29 awards it was nominated for and may have set a record for the most awards won by a single production. It won for Best Video Feature, Best Director (Joone), Best Actor (Evan Stone), Best Supporting Actress (Belladonna), Best Supporting Actor (Ben English), Best Girl / Girl Sex Scene (Jesse Jane® and Belladonna), Best Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Videography, Best Editing (Joey Pulgadas), Best Special Effects, Best Makeup, Best DVD Extras, Best High Definition Production, and Best Overall Marketing Campaign.

That left plenty of room for everyone else up on the stage this evening in over 100 other categories.

In covering who did win I would be remiss if I did not talk about who did not win.

Every year people have some complaint about the nominations or the winners and I am not going to go there. All in all when you consider the shear volume of movies and performers that AVN has to go through I think they do as good a job as anyone could under these circumstances. In the case of Pirates II I do not think there is anyone out there who thinks this movie is not one of the best adult movies ever made. But in concentrating on the winners people tend to forget that this in fact one of the strongest years I can ever remember with regards to the Best Video Feature category.

Fallen, The Doll Underground, Carolina Jones and the Broken Covenant, Hearts & Minds II, RollerDollz and The Texas Vibrator Massacre all are just a few of the examples of what this industry can do when it puts it's mind to it. I only hope the industry continues to turn out such a wide variety of top notch movies for next year.

2009 AVN Awards Gallery
2009 AVN Awards Winners
2009 AVN Adult Movie Awards Gallery
Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge Box Cover Courtesy of Digital





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