9th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

All finalists have been announced, stay tuned for more updates about the 9th Annual Shorty Awards on April 23, 2017

Brands & Organizations

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.

Actress

From dramas and comedies to romances and musicals—on the big screen, the small screen, and streaming on laptops everywhere—these actresses made great things happen this year, and they let fans in on it all by tweeting, snapping, and Instagramming along the way.

Finalists

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Brie Larson
Brie Larson describes herself as “generally stoked” and she should be after the year she’s had. After winning the Oscar for Best Female Performance in a Drama for her role in Room, the casual Brie is now a hot ticket A-lister. She took to Twitter to announce her leading role in the upcoming Captain Marvel movie, which caused comic book fans’ hea...
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Gina Rodriguez
Gina Rodriguez and Jane The Virgin have captured hearts across America with a slightly innocent (and sometimes provocative) portrayal of a modern-day Mary. Actress, rapper, and self-proclaimed “lioness,” Gina is the Latin-American sweetheart we’ve been waiting for both on screen and on social media. While we often see Gina’s funnier side when sh...
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Kristen Bell
Resident funny girl Kristen Bell is everywhere—commercials, TV shows, movies, video games, and social media. These days you can catch her on NBC’s The Good Place where she’s living a censored (after)life. She’s best known for her roles in the modern classics like Veronica Mars and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. This year, she showed us how #BadMoms ...
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Skai Jackson
While she might be young, Skai Jackson certainly has style and class. At 14 years old, she has starred on two Disney shows, Jessie and Bunk’d, gotten into Twitter feuds with big name celebrities, and been turned into a viral meme. While the haters might have tried to stop her, this girl’s got staying power. Known for her highbrow fashion sense (...
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Viola Davis
Everything Viola Davis touches turns to gold—including statues like her Academy Award and Emmys. Viola’s breakout film roles in Doubt and The Help brought her to the red carpet, but her role on ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder brought her into the homes of millions of Americans. This year, she starred in the comic book cult classic Suicide Squa...

Nominees

Allison Williams
Being the daughter of a famous TV news anchor certainly isn’t what has made Allison Williams a household name—it’s the bold acting choices she’s taken on since hitting the small screen. We know her best as the sometimes uptight Marnie on the HBO series Girls where she plays opposite Lena Dunham and friends. Never one to take herself too seriously, Allison...
Cynthia Erivo
British-born singer and actress Cynthia Erivo is proud to be “not more of one than the other, ALL of both.” Cynthia’s breakout role on Broadway came as Celie in this year’s The Color Purple, which also netted her the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, though she’s been a regular on the British stage since her debut in 2011. She takes to Twitter to ...
Emily Osment
Emily Osment capitalized on life as a Disney star, first as Lilly Truscott (as well as alias Lola Luftnagle) and now as the lead role on Freeform’s Young & Hungry. Her filmography runs deep, including roles on Friends, Family Guy, Two and a Half Men, and Mom over the years. Like any true Disney star, she’s even ventured into singing and songwriting. When ...
Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union has unbeatable staying power, acting in modern classics like 10 Things I Hate About You, Love & Basketball, and Bring It On over the past two decades, and continuing to hit the big screen at least once a year. You can see her on BET’s hit show Being Mary Jane and in 2016’s powerful film The Birth of a Nation. Gabrielle and husband Dwayne W...
Issa Rae
Issa Rae has nothing to be insecure about these days. From YouTube success with the series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl to the star of her own HBO show Insecure, Issa Rae is skyrocketing into success and sharing that joy with her followers every step of the way. Issa plays a version of herself as a(n awkward) black girl living in a very white L...
Mandy Moore
While we might go a couple years without seeing Mandy Moore on screen, she’s never out of the Hollywood scene. Back this year on NBC’s hit show This Is Us, Mandy plays the mother of very unusual triplets, depicting their life as children back in the 70s and as adults today. She’s as sweet on social media as you would imagine (you might say she’s like “Can...

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, Tumblr, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, YouNow, Musical.ly, Vine and the rest of the social web.

The 9th Annual Shorty Awards were held April 23, 2017 in NYC and streamed to the public.