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 9th Annual Shorty Awards Actor

Although an actor plays many roles in his career, it’s often his own story that’s the most interesting. Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and other social media platforms allow actors to open up and connect with fans, bringing them off the screen and down to Earth—and these actors did it better than anyone last year.


Aziz Ansari
Aziz Ansari knows—and shares—the plight of the single guy in the modern world. Already well-known for his stand-up comedy and supporting roles in film and TV, Aziz came into his own this year by creating and starring in his own Netflix series Master of None, and writing his first novel, Modern Romance. A self-described foodie, Aziz takes his socia…
Channing Tatum
Don’t let his chiseled abs and boyish good looks fool you—Channing Tatum is a serious performer. Whether he’s leaping across the dance floor, spinning around the pole playing a sexy stripper, or channeling his deeper emotional side, there seems to be no role Channing can’t take on, even impersonating (and sharing the stage with) Beyonce on Spike T…
Cole Sprouse
You might remember Cole Sprouse as one half of the twin Sprouse brothers once starring in family favorites like Big Daddy and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody alongside his brother Dylan. During The Suite Life’s run, the Sprouse brothers were listed among the wealthiest children alive, but Cole has since branched out on his own to become a major pl…
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
ABC’s hit show Modern Family gave America the gay uncles we always wanted, with Jesse Tyler Ferguson playing an uptight brother/uncle/husband/father who can never seem to get anything just right. JTF splits his time between TV and Broadway, trying to take “other people’s words and say them in funny ways or dramatical ways.” When he’s not performin…
Ryan Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds is more than just a handsome Canadian face—he’s the adoring husband, baby daddy, and arm candy of actress and style icon Blake Lively. All jokes aside, Ryan’s star is still on the rise, finding even more success in 2016 with his leading turn in the Marvel Comics blockbuster Deadpool. The film became an instant internet meme-machine a…


Chris Hemsworth
It’s hard to remember a time before Chris Hemsworth’s ripped abs and stellar biceps heated up movie posters across the country. The middle son of an actor-rich Australian family, Chris moved to LA and became a superhero for today’s audiences. He could be fighting the gods in chest armor or defeating evil empires in space—either way he looks good doing it. A…
Colton Haynes
Colton Haynes is best known for his role on the drama series Teen Wolf and Arrow, but has seen his own share of drama since moving from small-town Kansas to life in the public eye. He’s been open about his lifelong struggle with anxiety, which was exacerbated by media pressure to come out of the closet. Now he’s openly gay and has been honored by The Human …
John Boyega
A role in any Star Wars movie instantly brings fame, and that’s exactly what British actor John Boyega got starring as Finn in the space epic’s 7th installment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. John’s role as a Stormtrooper-gone-rogue and turning towards The Force was controversial—not only is he the first Stormtrooper to be unmasked in a movie, he is also a b…
Kumail Nanjiani
You probably recognize Kumail Nanjiani from HBO’s Silicon Valley and as one of the few Pakistani-American comedians on television today. While his stardom might have come with a hit HBO series, his true comedy chops lie in his daily tweets. Kumail shares his inner-most monologues with his bounty of followers, expressing everything from disdain for certain P…
Sam Clafin
Young adult novels turned into blockbuster trilogies are Hollywood gold these days, and Sam Claflin has cashed in! We know Sam best as the loveable Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games series and fell in love with him in 2016’s romance Me Before You. Whether he’s out hiking with friends, slicing his finger on glass Tupperware, or vacationing on islands after a…
Samuel L. Jackson
It doesn’t matter if he’s telling you to go out and vote, selling you on a new Capital One credit card, or giving a memorable monologue as a famous film character—Samuel L. Jackson’s voice is instantly recognizable. You can hear those pipes ringing from Facebook to Instagram to Twitter, where he virtually shouts at just about anything from his favorite socc…

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