13th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

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

From the 12th Annual Shorty Awards Best Actor

Actors make a living by portraying the lives of other characters they often didn’t create. Through social media, these creators are able to show the world their authentic selves while inspiring their fans to do the same. These nominees are being honored for using their social media platforms to creatively promote their professional and philanthropic work, as well as for engaging with their fans.

If you’re a brand looking for recognition for your use of social media in this space, enter the Best in Entertainment Shorty Award.


Angela Bassett
Look up "icon" in the dictionary and there’s bound to be a picture of Angela Bassett waiting there for you in all her glory. She can now add the 2010s to another decade she’s dominated, as she continues to portray smart, strong African-american women on the big screen and our TVs. One of the best new additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ang…
Billy Porter
Few rising stars have the kind of supernova year that Billy Porter enjoyed. Billy took home the primetime Emmy for his groundbreaking, breakout performance on Pose, becoming the first openly gay black man to win a prime time Emmy for acting. With 1M followers on Instagram and more than 150K on Twitter, it’s all love for Billy in 2019, showing his …
Brie Larson
Brie Larson is a marquee performer unrivaled in Hollywood today, starring in some of the most important roles over the past few years. This year, she continued her trajectory to the top as the title character in Captain Marvel, marching to the top of the box office by bringing in over $1billion as the first female-led Marvel Studios film. She cont…
Naomi Scott
Naomi Scott first flew into 2019 as the legendary character, Princess Jasmine, in Aladdin. Taking on the difficult role with a lot of expectations, her portrayal of Jasmine was credited by many critics for adding a new sense of agency and dimension to the iconic character. The English actress and singer generated a lot of interest in the entertain…
Sophie Turner
The thrilling conclusion of Game of Thrones marked the end of an era for Sophie Turner, closing the books on Sansa Stark with a SAAG and Primetime Emmy nomination. Thankfully, she doesn’t seem to be looking back, opening the next chapter of her career by reprising her role as Jean Gray in the X-Men film Dark Phoenix, and started work on a new stre…


Barbie Ferreira
2019 was a breakout year of epic proportions for Barbie Ferreira. Starring alongside Zendaya, Barbie played a key role on HBO’s smash success Euphoria, which was quickly renewed for a second season and her performance met with widespread acclaim. Barbie also has a top-notch Instagram game, where her 1.5M followers get a sneak peek into her life behind the s…
Bex Taylor-Klaus
A new addition to the hit Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why, Bex had a breakout year that included both professional and personal milestones. While the world fell in love with their acting chops, Bex also engaged to their girlfriend, Alicia Sixtos, in August. They are also a big name on Instagram, where more than 475k followers catch a glimpse into the real Bex …
Hunter Schafer
Fashion model Hunter Schafer made her big acting debut in 2019 on HBO’s Euphoria, quickly becoming a fan-favorite on the show. Fighting for the rights of LGBTQ+ community members since a young age, Hunter is quickly becoming a shining star among the new generation of trans and queer gen-z kids who are changing the conversation about gender, and media. In a …
Jason Statham
Jason Statham has performed a number of spin kicks in his day, as he has quickly become one of the biggest action stars on the planet, earning an Instagram following of 24M+. The English actor, filmmaker and former professional diver joined the Fast and Furious franchise family in 2013, his popularity earned him this year’s spinoff, Fast and the Furious Pre…
Jharrel Jerome
Jharrel Jerome got his first big break star of the critically-acclaimed film Moonlight, and continued to emerge as a young talent. In 2019, he made a big move to the streaming screen, winning a Primetime Emmy Award for his groundbreaking role in Ana DuVernay’s When They See Us on Netflix. He celebrated that win on with his 1M+ Instagram followers and the r…
Topher Grace
Black Mirror has provided some thought-provoking and incisive commentary on the state of technology, and thanks to Topher Grace’s portrayal of Billy Bauer, a tech CEO for a platform called Smithereens, the series delivered perhaps its most pointed satire yet. 2019 also saw him break into the podcast game in March, launching Minor Adventures, where he and hi…

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, Instagram, Twitch, TikTok, Snapchat, and the rest of the social web.

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