Start Your Engines: AVN Opens Gate on 2018 Awards Pre-Nominations

CHATSWORTH, Calif.—Hard as it may be to believe, that time of year has arrived: AVN Media Network is now accepting pre-nominations for the 2018 AVN Awards.

To pre-nom something in any category, adult industry professionals must request access to the restricted pre-nom website here in order to submit their movies, products, outlets and other entities for awards consideration. Those who have registered in the past to submit pre-noms for previous years must re-register for the 2018 Awards.

The pre-nom website will remain open until midnight on Sept. 30, 2017, which is also the eligibility deadline for 2018 Awards consideration. AVN also opened pre-nominations today for the returning GayVN Awards; for information on that, click here.

The 2018 AVN Awards Show is scheduled for Saturday, January 27, at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Angela White and Harli Lotts will co-host the 35th annual ceremony.

This year, for the first time, content released exclusively on membership sites will be eligible for AVN Awards consideration in any applicable sex scene category. Previous to now, only content in the categories of Best Boy/Girl Sex Scene, Best Girl/Girl Sex Scene, Best Oral Sex Scene, Best Anal Sex Scene and Best Virtual Reality Sex Scene was considered from online-only platforms. For the 2018 AVN Awards, web scenes in any existing AVN Awards sex scene category will be considered, provided they meet the eligibility requirements (see further details below).

AVN has also added two new categories for 2018 in the Web & Technology arena.

The first new category is Best New Website, to recognize the most notable online adult entertainment destinations launched between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, 2017.

The second addition is Best Clip Website, which will honor online portals that have enjoyed a boom in popularity of late through which independently produced adult clips are sold directly to consumers.

In addition, a number of revisions have been made in the Video category realm, most significantly in those categories pertaining to fetish/specialty fare. What were formerly known by the admittedly clunky monikers of Best Specialty Movie - Other Genre and Best Specialty Series - Other Genre have been renamed Best Niche Movie and Series. In following, AVN has introduced the talent category of Niche Performer of the Year, to honor men and women who appear primarily in fetish-themed productions, including those in the BBW, BDSM, mature and other specialized genres.

Finally, in an effort to help industry members properly navigate our pre-nom site, AVN produced a how-to video that breaks it all down to make it easy for even the most tech-challenged Luddites in the Pornosphere to handle. That video is available to view here.

See below for further details on eligibility for the 2018 AVN Awards.

Eligibility Period

To be considered in any of the video categories a title or scene must have been made available commercially during the eligibility period, which runs from October 1, 2016, to September 30, 2017. If a sex scene is released as both a standalone web scene and as part of a movie released on DVD or VOD, the scene will by default be considered part of the movie. For consideration in all other categories, a movie must be released in its entirety by September 30, 2017. Any scene considered for a 2018 AVN Award will be void from consideration in all future years if included as part of any movie released after September 30, 2017.

DVD/VOD Eligibility

To be considered for a nomination, movies released via DVD/VOD must either fit AVN’s traditional distribution requirements of being stocked with five wholesale distributors and/or 100 retail outlets (on DVD), or be made available for VOD download and/or streaming as follows:

• Must be available through a minimum of two (2) major for-pay VOD providers, defined as ones carrying movies from at least 100 active labels/studios.

• Must have clearly marked post dates within the eligibility period across all qualifying VOD platforms carrying it.

• Companies wishing to submit VOD-only titles for consideration must provide links showing that said titles meet the above requirements.

Standalone Web Scene Eligibility

To be considered for nomination in an applicable sex scene category, scenes must be released on a site that has members who are paying a monthly fee to access the site’s content. As with producers of content that is distributed on DVD and VOD, membership sites must also maintain 2257 records. Scenes released through clip stores are not eligible. 

The categories for the 2018 AVN Awards are as follows (subject to change at AVN's discretion):


All-Girl Performer of the Year

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best All-Girl Group Sex Scene

Best All-Girl Movie

Best All-Girl Series

Best Amateur/Pro-Am Movie

Best Amateur/Pro-Am Series

Best Anal Movie

Best Anal Series

Best Anal Sex Scene

Best Anthology Movie

Best Art Direction

Best BDSM Movie

Best Boy/Girl Sex Scene

Best Cinematography

Best Comedy

Best Continuing Series

Best Director – Feature

Best Director – Foreign Feature

Best Director – Foreign Non-Feature

Best Director – Non-Feature

Best Double Penetration Sex Scene

Best Drama

Best Editing

Best Ethnic Movie

Best Ethnic/Interracial Series

Best Foreign Feature

Best Foreign Non-Feature

Best Foreign Series

Best Girl/Girl Sex Scene

Best Gonzo Movie

Best Group Sex Scene

Best Ingenue Movie

Best Interracial Movie

Best Makeup

Best Male Newcomer

Best Marketing Campaign – Company Image

Best Marketing Campaign – Individual Project

Best MILF Movie

Best New Imprint

Best New Series

Best New Starlet

Best Niche Movie

Best Niche Series

Best Non-Sex Performance

Best Older Woman/Younger Girl Movie

Best Oral Movie

Best Oral Sex Scene

Best Orgy/Gangbang Movie

Best Screenplay

Best Sex Scene in a Foreign-Shot Production

Best Solo/Tease Performance

Best Soundtrack

Best Special Effects

Best Star Showcase

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actress

Best Taboo Relations Movie

Best Three-Way Sex Scene – Boy/Boy/Girl

Best Three-Way Sex Scene – Girl/Girl/Boy

Best Transsexual Movie

Best Transsexual Series

Best Transsexual Sex Scene

Best Virtual Reality Sex Scene

Clever Title of the Year

Director of the Year

Female Foreign Performer of the Year

Female Performer of the Year

Mainstream Star of the Year

Male Foreign Performer of the Year

Male Performer of the Year

MILF Performer of the Year

Niche Performer of the Year

Most Outrageous Sex Scene

Transsexual Performer of the Year


Best Affiliate Program

Best Alternative Website

Best Clip Website

Best Dating Website

Best Membership Website

Best New Website

Best Porn Star Website

Best Solo Girl Website

Best Virtual Reality Product/Site

Best Web Director


Best Condom Manufacturer

Best Enhancement Manufacturer

Best Fetish Manufacturer

Best Lingerie or Apparel Manufacturer

Best Lubricant Manufacturer

Best Pleasure Product Manufacturer – Small

Best Pleasure Product Manufacturer – Medium

Best Pleasure Product Manufacturer – Large


Best Boutique

Best Retail Chain – Small

Best Retail Chain – Large

Best Web Retail Store


Favorite Cam Girl

Favorite Cam Guy

Favorite Camming Couple

Favorite Female Porn Star

Favorite Indie Clip Star

Favorite Male Porn Star

Favorite Porn Star Website

Favorite Trans Cam Performer

Favorite Trans Performer

Hottest MILF

Hottest Newcomer

Most Amazing Sex Toy

Most Epic Ass

Most Spectacular Boobs

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