Each won eight awards. Vivid won 15 awards not including the three for the lines they distribute and Evil Angel won 6 plus another 12 for the producers it distributes. The show got off to a sexy start with the gyrations of a trio of pole dancers led by Nikita Kash. Comedian Greg Fitzsimmons, co-hosting for the second time in three years, rattled off a monologue that was heavy on jokes about sex, private parts and bodily functions.
He and Patrick, who looked spectacular in a low-cut fuchsia gown, got right to the job at hand, with a minimum of self-conscious chitchat. The entertainment highlight was a specially staged number by John Stagliano with his Fashionistas dance troupe, aerial artists and all, a lavish treatment of a serious theme, governmental encroachment on civil liberties.
The spaces between awards groups were filled with nostalgic clips from past AVN awards, arranged thematically: The glamorous presenters were well rehearsed and acceptance speeches were mostly brief and to the point—something cable viewers used to Hollywood award shows are bound to appreciate. Three of the actors came on stage to share the honors. Haze was back on stage for the unusual result of Best Interactive Video. Berlin, accepted by the women, both of whom drooled over their still in Italy co-star.
Oil and asses also figured in T. Special attention this year was given to the nominees for Female Performer of the Year, all 15 of whom were profiled in short video segments. Both male and female performers of the year got something extra this year, a Rolex watch for him a Tiffany pendant for her, courtesy of the website IMLive. The supercool 19 year-old from Sacramento fought back tears as she thanked John and Karen Stagliano for getting her started in Fashionistas Safado: The Challenge and Belladonna for her encouragement.
Michael Murray of Cleveland, for her appeals court victory striking down regulations as unconstitutional. Anything after that would have been anticlimactic, so the show ended with the remainder of the awards announced on a video crawl. Best New Production Company: A complete listing of the awards is below.