#LAWebAwards: The 2013 Winners List
Best Sports Blog
Land O' Lakers
Our judge writes, "This is still a Laker town, even if the Clippers have taken over in the win column. Land O' Lakers never lets us forget, and keeps the team honest with real breakdowns and analysis." The site's founders, Andy and Brian Kamenetzky, also do a popular podcast.
Best Media Outlet Twitter
The Twitter arm of Southern California Public Radio breaks news all day long, and expertly engages with its followers. "Nobody understands the Southland better, or has more of a sense of what matters to Angelenos," one judge concludes.
"Great artists have flocked to Tumblr to share their work for the digital world to see," our judge writes. "Unfortunately, those creative minds usually forget about Tumblr within a few weeks after creating it. That's why Melissa Richardson Banks' online anthology of downtown Los Angeles' Art District, Downtown Muse, is such a treat. Banks shares her fly-on-the-wall view of street scenes and local stories a couple times a day. Every day. And if you want to get the offline experience of her Tumblr, she offers free neighborhood tours weekly."
Best Parody Twitter
AMANDA LOPEZ John McNamee, a.k.a. @80sDonDraper
See Ali Trachta's story about @80sDonDraper here
Best Celebrity Instagrammer
Tyler, the Creator
The leader of rap collective Odd Future has been described by the group's manager as "one of the most creative kids alive," and his Instagram bears out the boast. Tyler has posted more than 1,300 photos in the persona of "feliciathegoat" — supposedly "Tyler's auntie" — giving his 800,000-plus followers a glimpse into the life of Los Angeles' irreverent, goofy Next Big Thing.
Best Community Watchdog Twitter
The 23,000-plus people who follow this police-scanner Twitter would tell you it isn't just informative — it's also laugh-out-loud funny. To wit: When @ABC7 recently tweeted, "Plans to move as many as 5 tigers into Malibu prompt concern/protests from neighbors," @LAScanner added, "Who'll notice 5 tigers amidst all the cougars?" Or there's this tweet from last week: "BEVERLY HILLS: Blue Mustang & white taxi racing w/b Sunset Bl from Rexford. Doesn't sound like much of a race." The man behind @LAScanner prefers not to be identified, although Los Angeles magazine has reported that he lives in the Miracle Mile and that, reportedly, only three people in his life know about his online alter ego. We're not among them, but you can definitely count us as fans.
Savviest Online Presence
Ben Welsh of the L.A. Times
Ben Welsh, L.A. Times
See Sarah Fenske's story about Welsh here
Best Celebrity Twitter
Comedian Patton Oswalt was a clear winner in this category. Writes one judge, "I like to celebrate intelligence, I like to celebrate earnestness and I like to celebrate a little ballsy audacity. Patton Oswalt nails all three categories. Plus, it's refreshing to see an intensely nerdy persona with a little street cred." Hear, hear.
Best Web Series — Reality
Stories From the Street
Our judge writes, "In an honest, effective three minutes, filmmaker Justin Baldoni's Stories From the Street will change the way you walk around L.A. and the emotions and actions you take toward those who call its streets home. This beautifully crafted micro-documentary series gives its audience the gift of the conversations we never stop to have and the courage and knowledge to change that."
Best Nightlife Blog
If you need the skinny on the beating gay heart of L.A., look no farther than WeHo Confidential. Gleefully NSFW, the site isn't afraid to show some skin while simultaneously slinging the hottest gossip about the hottest sports in West Hollywood. Run by an assortment of gay men who value their anonymity, WeHo Confidential will tell you Where 2 Be in the gayborhood on a given night, reveal the leaked cast list for RuPaul's Drag Race, and even throw horny gays a bone with some free porn. Yet just two posts away, readers will find an impassioned post about boycotting the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. But what really separates WeHo Confidential from its competitors is the administrators' fearlessness. The guys aren't afraid to name names, call out the worst in the community and talk about what happens underneath WeHo's shiny surface. Yes, some of it is unsubstantiated rumor, and some of it is pure shade-throwing. But on a nightlife site about West Hollywood, what else could you expect?
Editor's note: A previous version of this story referred incorrectly to Colleen Evanson's relationship with Garrett Watts. They are not actually married -- they are instead good friends in what Evanson calls a "creative marriage" who live across the street from each other. We regret the error.