Inside the Winner’s Circle

2012 AVN AwardsEvery year, the AVN Awards bestow upon porn’s best and brightest the greatest accolades the industry has ever known, and this year was no different. Pornstars both veteran and fledgling, female and male, were handed phallic trophies declaring them the best blahblahblah of 2011 and therefore guaranteeing them a place in the upper echelon of adult performers; at least, that is, until next year. In order to properly assess the current state of the industry and ruminate on what 2012 might have in store for porn viewers across the globe, why don’t we run down the list of the more prominent achievements heralded by the 2011 AVN Awards and see what’s what.

Female Performer of the Year, Bobbi Starr, certainly deserved her accolade, having in the last 12 months cemented herself not only as a astonishing performer capable of the most raucous and debasing kink and rough sex scenes as well as an incredibly tender onscreen lover when it is required, but by managing to do all of this while establishing herself as a maverick director of feminist pro-sex porn for men and women of all persuasions.

Manuel Ferrara took home the Male Performer of the Year award and few could argue that the Frenchman hadn’t earned his phallic trophy. It seems like Manny has been plowing the asses of porn’s best and brightest for eons but the last year has really been a fantastic one for the uncircumcised multiple-shot-popper, having broken in the rear passages of London Keyes, Holly Michaels, Gracie Glam, and Kagney Linn Karter, and extending his extremely intimate Raw DVD series, while maintaining his handsome yet down-to-earth persona.

New Starlet of the Year was a hotly contested category and while I could definitely sit here are argue that Skin Diamond, Holly Michaels, Abella Anderson, Jessie Andrews, and Rebeca Linares’ new tits are all worthy of the accolade (even if the latter did only enter the industry to get their host into big boob movies and out of anal ones), you’ve gotta hand it to Brooklyn Lee. The native Ohioan took on the toughest performers, both male and female, in the industry and proved herself a worthy match. While I can’t help but feel this award might’ve been more appropriately awarded to Ms. Lee last year when she first made a splash, she’s nonetheless a stunning performer with a bright future.

My frontrunner for Female Performer of the Year, Asa Akira, didn’t win that category, but instead took home a wheelbarrow full of awards for the Best Tease Performance, Solo Sex Scene, Anal Sex Scene, Double-Penetration Scene, Threeway Sex Scene (boy/boy/girl), Group Sex Scene, and, for Asa Akira is Insatiable 2, Best All-Sex Release. Quite a year for the diminutive Japanese-American with, well, an insatiable appetite for powerful sex.

Having not yet seen Diary of a Call Girl, I can’t personally vouch for Actress of the Year award winner Jessie Andrews’ performance in the title role, but her numerous other onscreen roles have made quite an impression, both on this reviewer and the porn industry at large. Julia Ann, the wondermilf herself, called Jessie one of the brightest new talents in the business after performing with her in Club 59’s Teach Me. This girl has very, very big things ahead of her.

Industry awards are great, sure, but they don’t mean anything compared to a legion of devoted, sexually satisfied fans. When it came to the fan-voted awards, Riley Steele took ’em all! Best Body, Favorite Porn Star, Twitter Queen, and Hottest Sex Scene (shared with Jesse Jane, Kayden Kross, Stoya, BiBi Jones and Manuel Ferrara for Digital Playground’s Babysitters 2). Talk about an active fanbase!

One of Mr. Pink’s favorite sites, Brazzers, took home Best Membership Website, beating out Naughty America, Bang Bros, and Reality Kings to nab the trophy once again. Oh, and there were plenty of statues handed to producers, directors (most notably Axel Braun), writers, and cinematographers of parody films both drama and comedy, so if you needed one safe bet for the rest of 2012, it’s that parody porn still doesn’t seem to have worn out its welcome. And, no, I don’t quite know how to feel about that.

Congratulations to all of this years winners and our warmest condolences to the rest of the nominees, and here’s to another great year of good ol’ American porn!

Occupy My Ass!

Bobbi Starr - Occupy My Ass!One of the most impressive new porn directors of late has undoubtedly been Bobbi Starr. After tackling such established niches as POV and lesbian sex (Vicarious: So Close You Can Taste It), straight gangbangs (Bobbi Loves Boys), female masturbation (One), aggressive and rough sex (Shut Up and Fuck), and personal journeys through foot fetishism, voyeurism, and group sex (her incredible directorial debut Bobbi’s World), the Northern Californian fetish queen takes on political satire and, well, everything she’s done before (and lots more) in Evil Angel’s forthcoming¬† Occupy My Ass.

Due to hit retail outlets on January 23rd and recently landing on Evil Angel’s official website as a streaming-only exclusive, Occupy My Ass sees Ms. Starr and her fellow performers, Kimberly Kane, Aiden Starr, Dana DeArmond, Kelly Divine, and Sarah Shevon, among others, spread their holiest of holes for some deeply penetrating anal insertions. Sticking all manner of phalluses up the back passage, from fingers, toes, and Mark Wood’s dick to enormous strap-ons, dildos, and butt plugs that’d make Audrey Hollander wince. Not only does Occupy My Ass declare itself representative of “The 99%” and profess to “stand in solidarity” with each of its anally-inclined stars, but it also means the debut of something many porn fans have been hoping to see for some time: Lily LaBeau’s boy/girl anal debut. Throw in another four scenes of utter anal debuachery and you’re looking at an adult DVD so blisteringly, intimately fucking fantastic it’ melt the coldest superrich heart.

Unfortunately, Occupy My Ass does not feature any of the women from that viral Hot Chicks of Wall Street we featured a while back. Oh well. I suppose the gaping assholes of porn’s hottest supersluts will have to do!

Tweeting the AVNs

2012 AVN AwardsSo you can’t swing the extra cash for the $300-a-seat fan ticket required to attend the upcoming AVN Awards. Neither¬†can I, but you won’t see me bitching about it. (Not here, at least, and not yet.) You can still keep up to speed on every little thing that transpires on January 21st by tuning in to the Twitter feeds of AVN’s newly announced official Twitter correspondents!

Joining forces with PornstarTweet, AVN has appointed pornstars supreme, Chanel Preston, Tia Cyrus, and Bibi Jones, as the official Tweeters of the 2012 AVN Awards. From her station on the red carpet, Tia will greet the arriving stars before passing the torch over to Chanel and Bibi, the former occupying a place in the audience and the latter hanging out with the presenters, guests, and winners backstage. Expect a barrage of photos, quips, and responses to fan questions throughout the event, and be sure to follow Chanel, Tia, Bibi, AVN Awards, PornstarTweet, and, of course, Mr. Pink’s on Twitter for every drool-inducing morsel of instantly gratifying information as the Oscars of Porn takes Vegas by storm.

Not to be outdone, ImLive will feature live performances from five AVN Award nominees between January 16 and 18 in the lead up to the big night. Allie Haze, Lexi Belle, Gracie Glam, and Kagney Linn Karter, all of whom are nominated for Female Performer of the Year, and Capri Anderson, nominated for Crossover Star of the Year, will appear on the live webcam site in salacious scenes, the last of which has Lexi, Gracie, and Kagney performing together in what will surely be the greatest foreplay imaginable leading up to the money shot of the AVN Awards, due to land on January 21st. Set your clocks, folks, ’cause it’s gonna be a big one!