11th Annual Shorty Awards Categories


See below for official categories. The early entry deadline is November 29th, 2018.

The Shorty Awards honor the talented agencies, brands, and industry leaders behind the best and most innovative work on social media channels, campaigns, websites and applications.

From the 10th Annual Shorty Awards Best Actor

While these people get paid the big bucks for their on screen-appearances, it’s often their real lives that make us fall in love with them. By tweeting, gramming, snapping and uploading life updates to their social media channels, fans are able to connect with their favorite Hollywood stars.

Finalists

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Constance Wu
According to TIME magazine, Constance Wu is one of “The 100 Most Influential People,” helping to shape the world right now. The Columbia University graduate plays the culture-shocked matriarch Jessica Huang on the award-winning show Fresh Off the Boat. Constance will definitely enjoy the new 280-character Twitter format, as she is quick to chime...
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Gal Gadot
It’s no wonder Gal Gadot has over 15M followers on Instagram and another 1M+ on Twitter. Hailing from Petah Tikva, the Israeli model-turned-actress exploded onto the international movie scene this year as the lead superhero in the blockbuster film Wonder Woman, and appears as the same character in the newest Justice League movie. The 2004 Miss I...
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Terry Crews
As the screaming face of Old Spice, the gentle giant in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and host of Netflix’s reality show Ultimate Beastmaster, there really isn’t anything that Terry Crews can’t do. He even helped his son build a hyper-modified gaming computer from scratch, filming and posting it to YouTube. His 1.8M+ Instagram followers can find the NFL-p...
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Tiffany Haddish
Since stealing almost every scene in Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish has been killing it. From viral appearances on talk shows to her historic turn as the first black female stand-up to host SNL, you can’t escape Tiffany’s brash comedy. She has certainly upgraded from the days of living out of her Honda and struggling to make it as a comedian. Her I...
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Tracee Ellis Ross
Although she’s the daughter of legendary singer Diana Ross, Tracee Ellis Ross has established her own incredible career. Finding mainstream success as the female lead in the hit show Black-ish, Tracee’s role as Dr. Rainbow Johnson has won her three NAACP Image Awards and the 2017 Golden Globe for Best Actress—Television Series Musical or Comedy....

Nominees

Busy Philipps
How did Busy Philipps become the breakout star of Instagram Stories? You’ll have to read the profile of her in The New Yorker to find out, but she has certainly been, well, busy. 2017 has found her guest-hosting with Kelly Ripa and launching her own podcast, We’re No Doctors with comedian Steve Agee, where they talk about everything from diabetes and the ...
Elisabeth Moss
With The West Wing, Mad Men, and now The Handmaid’s Tale under her belt, it’s no wonder that Vulture named Elisabeth Moss the “Queen of Peak TV.” In addition to winning two Emmys this year, Moss starred in the Swedish comedy The Square, which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. She’s even the lead in the upcoming show Call Jane, which centers ...
Ethan Wacker
Though he received the nickname “weedwacker” back in kindergarten, it may be more relevant for Ethan Wacker now than ever before, because this kid is everywhere and can’t be stopped! As if playing the one of the main characters on the hit Disney show Bizaardvark wasn’t enough to occupy his time, Ethan consistently posts vlogs on YouTube, where his 260K+ s...
James Van Der Beek
James Van Der Beek is Diplo. At least according to the Viceland mocku-series What Would Diplo Do?, where he lets us peek into a fictionalized version of the DJ’s life, revealing the often-hilarious inspiration behind some of his hit songs. In real life, he tweets random thoughts, adorable family pictures, and even uses the platform to open up about his ex...
Lil Rel Howery
It’s not easy to make a TSA agent seem funny, but Lil Rel Howery did just that in the film Get Out, landing him the 2017 MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance. Besides appearing in the 2nd season of the HBO series Insecure, Lil Rel also rang in the New Year with fellow Shorty Nominee Tiffany Haddish as part of the Chi-Town Funny and Famous Comedy C...
Riz Ahmed
Riz Ahmed is one of Hollywood’s hottest actors, appearing in huge film franchises like Star Wars and the Bourne series alongside his Emmy-nominated turn on HBO’s Girls. But his role in HBO’s The Night Of is what made him the first Muslim and first South Asian man to win an Emmy for Lead Actor. Beyond acting, Riz is also half of the Swet Shop Boys, a rap d...

About the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media.

Millions of people participate in The Shortys to recognize individuals and organizations producing great content on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitch, TikTok, and the rest of the social web.

The Shorty Social Good Awards will be held November 15, 2018 in New York City