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Moby Award Winners Announced; Zach Galifianakis (and Other Less Famous People) Honored

The Moby Award Winners were announced last night for best, worst, and, uh, other book trailers. From Melville House’s press release:

The winners of the first Moby Awards for Best and Worst Book Trailers were announced earlier tonight before a standing-room-only crowd at a black tie ceremony held at New York’s chic Griffin club. Organized by the MobyLives book blog, the event included book industry celebrities such as author John Wray and critic Dale Peck handing out awards to, among others, Dennis Cass for Best Performance by an Author, Jonathan Safran Foer for Most Annoying Performance by an Author, and Zach Galifianakis for Best Cameo. Kathryn Regina won for best trailer from an independent publisher, and Maurice Gee won for best trailer from a conglomerate publisher.

“The idea was to spoof the fact that the book business too often looks to the movie business as a model,” said organizer and master of ceremonies Dennis Johnson, founder of MobyLives. “But as it turned out some writers make some pretty good videos and there was something to celebrate after all.”

Winners were selected by members of the MobyLives Academy, and included book industry luminaries Colin Robinson of OR Books, Carolyn Kellogg of the Los Angeles Times, Megan Halpern of Melville House, Jason Boog of Galley Cat, Ina Howard Represent, Inc. Troy Patterson of Slate.com.

Winners received a statuette of a golden whale. “The only problem was it was a gray whale,” said Johnson. “Sperm whales, as Captain Ahab could tell you, are very hard to locate.”

Zach Galifianakis snagged one for his “work” on the trailer for John Wray’s Lowboy:

You can see all winning videos at MobyLives.

Here’s the full list of winners; some awards seem to have been arbitrarily invented for the occasion, which is absolutely marvelous with us, of course:

Trailer Least Likely to Sell the Book:
Sounds of Murder by Patricia Rockwell

Best Performance by an Author:
Head Case by Dennis Cass

Most Annoying Performance by an Author:
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

Best Cameo:
Zach Galifianakis, in Lowboy by John Wray

Best Low Budget/Indie:
I Am in the Air Right Now by Kathryn Regina

Best Big Budget/Big House:
Going West by Maurice Gee

Biggest Waste of Conglomerate Money:
Level 26 by Anthony Zuiker

Best Foreign Film Book Trailer:
Etcetera and Otherwise: a Lurid Odyssey by Sean Stanley, illustrated by Kristi-ly Green

Bloodiest Book Trailer of the Year:
Killer by Dave Zeltserman

Most Annoying Music:
New Year’s At the Pier by April Halprin Wayland

The 1st Annual Moby Awards to Honor the Best (and Worst) Book Trailers

Next month (May 20th, 2010 to be precise), the fine folks at indie publisher Melville House will honor the best–and worst–book trailers. The invite promises awards for “Best Cameo,” “Best Author Appearance,” and, of course, “Best Trailer” (“both Big and Low budgets”). Melville House honcho Dennis Loy Johnson will host and author John Wray (Lowboy) will be among the special cadre of envelope-openers. Judges include Carolyn Kellogg (LA Times) and Slate’s Troy Patterson, who wondered if books really needed trailers last year. Nominate trailers here. Not sure how I feel about book trailers, but I like this one for Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, probably mostly because he reads the damn thing and it cracks me up–