From: Tim Evanson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: (GAY) GayVN Awards!!!
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2000 12:14:58
The 2nd Annual GayVN awards are over, and here's some inside dope!!!!!!
(No, I did not attend, I just got a bunch of emails and phone calls from
people who went. So take this as second-hand rumor and innuendo...but
then, that's the best kind, isn't it? :) )
Best Video -- "Dream Team"
Best Director -- Jerry Douglas, "Dream Team"
Best Screenplay -- Jerry Douglas, "Dream Team"
Best Non-Sexual Role -- Jerry Douglas, "Dream Team"
Best Actor -- Blake Harper, "Animus"
Best Supporting Actor -- Thomas Lloyd, "Animus"
Best Sex Scene -- Sam Crockett and Chad Kennedy, "Technical Ecstasy"
Best Oral Scene -- Jason Branch, Blake Harper and Bruce Hill, "Asslick Alley"
Best Group Scene -- (TIE!) "Betrayed" and "Thick as Thieves"
Best Threesome -- Tanner Hayes, Zak Richards and Jack Simmons, "Animus"
Best Amateur Video -- "New Meat 11," Allen Allan Prods.
Best Foreign Video -- "Lucky Lukas," Bel Ami
Best Bi Video -- "Mass Appeal"
Best Specialty Release -- "Hellraiser 3," Taos Entertainment
Best Alternative Video -- "Party, Porn and Politics" (Allan Gassman, dir.)
Best Cinematography -- Todd Montgomery, "Absolute Aqua" (Falcon)
Best Music -- Francois Gerard, "Wet dreams" (Kristen Bjorn)
Best Art Direction -- "Sodom"
Best Sex Comedy -- "moan"
And now the dirt, rumors, and news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- ZAK SPEARS IS RETURNING TO GAY PORN!!!!!!!!!! Spears, who showed up
looking healthy and a little less blond-highlights than usual, is going to
return to gay porn in a Chi Chi LaRue video later this year.
- Jerry Douglas movie? Was that Bob East and Jerry Douglas talking about
Douglas' next film? Maybe! This would be Douglas' first film in almost 18
months, and would mark his return to Odyssey Men, if that rumor is true.
- "The Practice" star Camryn Mannheim was present for the awards!
- Yes, Bel Ami super-stars Johan Paulik and Lukas Ridgeston were in
attendance (as was director George Duroy) to be inducted in the Hall of
Fame. Johan was ebullient and social, talking up a storm and saying hello
to everyone. Lukas was shy and quiet, letting Johan take the lead. A
"pool party" hosted by the two super-stars was so crowded, the venue had to
be CLOSED OFF by security. Everyone -- porn star and industry insider
alike! -- wanted to meet them, kiss them, and fuck them.
- The "barebacking scandal" -- As you may know, two videos were nominated
that had barebacking scenes: "Pueris 19" (VidKid Timo) and "Bareback 2"
(Dick Wadd Videos). This, despite the fact that Mickey Skee -- one of the
show's coordinators -- and others have said they would never promote or
mention or review or otherwise be associated with bareback films. When the
presence of the two nominees was noted, Skee made a long statement in his
column on the RAD Video site, announcing an anti-barebacking pledge
campaign and more. A letter was included in the packet, signed by only 26
individuals, taking "the pledge." A separate pledge sign-up poster was in
the "Silent Auction" area, but it's not clear how many people were signing
it. Please note: There was no "Safe Sex" award this year.
- HIV-positive porn star Cole Tucker said, while on stage, that he could
not "tell anyone how to live their life." But, he said, the industry
should be socially responsible and not do bareback videos.
- Last year, Mickey Skee's "No Ego Productions" won the "Best Safe Sex"
award at the GayVNs. (That Skee was a show coordinator last year
apparently didn't seemto be much of a conflict of interest to the show
producers.) There was some consternation among industry insiders, because
a) the video hadn't been released or distributed at the time of the GayVNs
last year, b) Skee was involved with the video and he was a show
coordinator, and c) it was unclear if No Ego Productions actually gave any
money to AIDS charities. So, this year, No Ego released their financial
statements in the GayVN packet.
There were about 800-1,000 people in attendance at this year's show. Maybe
half did not pay their way but received comp tickets. About half as well
were from the straight porn industry.
The show started VERY VERY late, although no one is sure why. Slated to
have dinner served 7:30 or so, people were not even let into the ballroom
until almost 10pm. Rumors flew that the show producers were not ready,
that the fire marshall had ordered fewer people at each table, that David
Forest's pre-party had gone on too long -- but no explanation was ever
given. In addition, ticket lines -- for press, will-call, etc. -- were
confused. People stood in the wrong line for HOURS, with no AVN staff in
evidence to help guide the hundreds of people milling about in the hotel
The Aid for AIDS "Silent Auction" was a HUGE success, however. Tickets to
the Johan and Lukas pool party went for $1,200 each! Donations were also
being taken for various AIDS charities. Odyssey donated $1,200, performer
Peter Dixon donated $500, but it was Video 10 that blew everyone away with
a HUGE $18,000 donation!
The show began at about 10pm, and to their credit the show's directors
really pushed it along at a quick pace. Almost all the musical numbers
were cut, except for two. A "Forest Men" dance number had members of the
audience shouting "cut the dancing!" A Chi Chi LaRue dance number at the
end was performed with about two-thirds of the audience out in the
anterooms, smoking. Show host Bruce Vilanch was OUTRAGEOUSLY funny!!!
- Former Bel Ami and Czech Mate porn star Pavel Novtny was BLOWING PEOPLE
AWAY all night long. For one thing, the man is a legitimate 6'6" tall --
and he towered a solid foot above the 5'6" porn stars in the crowd. He's
stunningly handsome in person, and performers were mobbing him to try to
meet him, kiss him, and proposition him.
- Performer Jeff Palmer was drunk off his ASS (and has braces now).
- Uber-agent David Forest was freaking out all night long. Apparently,
someone had faxed the INS and LAPD, claiming that "illegal immigrant,
HIV-positive sex star Jeff Palmer" was attending the AVN show. Forest was
horrified that his premiere star might be hauled off in handcuffs during
the show, and his nerves were frayed badly.
- Lots of stars seemed drugged out and/or drunk off their asses. Many
performers were openly smoking pot in the bathrooms and even in the
ballroom. Danny Lee was so high on something that people murmured about it
as he went floating past.
- Vince Rockland is taking a break from the industry to finish college.
Rockland is majoring in biology. He had no news on Hal or Shane, other
than to say they're fine.
- An apres-show sex party was held after the show, and sizzling-hot
performer Jack Ryan went about telling everyone. (Jack himself didn't
attend, saying he was way too sleep-deprived.)
- A Chi Chi LaRue after-party was held at the Sky Bar in the super-swank
and exclusive Argyle Hotel.
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