Now that the porn industry’s annual celebration of all things carnal has come to an end, it’s time to congratulate those who sucked, fucked, shot, or produced their way into the winner’s circle of the 2013 AVN awards, “the Oscars of porn”, and the one event every year that combines porn, comedy, music, and red carpet garment-ogling in one pretty package.
Notable men winning awards this year weren’t just those who show the world their penis on a near-daily basis. Arguably the biggest male winner was Graham Travis, director of 2012 AVN winner Portrait of a Call Girl. This year, Travis’ Elegant Angel feature Wasteland took home awards for Best Cinematography (Alex Ladd, Carlos D., Mason), Best Drama, and Movie of the Year, as well as Best Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Director for Travis himself.
Axel Braun’s Star Wars XXX: A Porn Parody nabbed awards for Best Art Direction, Best Parody – Comedy, Best Screenplay – Parody (Braun and Mark Logan), Best Selling/Renting Title of the Year, Best Supporting Actor (Tom Byron), Best Overall Marketing Campaign – Individual Project, Best Director – Parody for Braun (his first award in that particular category), and Best Director – Body of Work for Braun, his second in as many years.
Performers awarded trophies this year include Mark Ashley for Unsung Male Performer of the Year, Rocco Siffredi for Male Foreign Performer of the Year, Logan Pierce for Best Male Newcomer, and Steven St. Croix for Best Actor. The greater glory, that of the Male Performer of the Year went to James Deen, who in a gracious speech thanked “every director who hires [him]… any girl that will have sex with [him].” Deen also won for Crossover Star of the Year in a tie with Sunny Leone, and with one of the reasons for that accolade (Paul Schrader’s film The Canyons) inching closer to release, Deen’s star is only on the rise.