It's because, though her friends are performing in various types of scenes and films, she's not a judge in the Golden Globes. She's a judge for the AVN awards. While winning an award for something like best group sex scene may seem like a liability to those outside the adult entertainment industry, to those inside the industry, the AVN awards are extremely significant.
Anikka Albrite , AVN's female performer of the year, who has been nominated for 13 awards in , said an AVN award catapults winners to a new level in their careers. For , there are In years past, there have been as many as , says Peter Warren , 40, head of the AVN awards voting process. According to Warren, who provided AVN's voting figures to Mic, 23 voters were involved in the voting process, five of which are in-house members of AVN's editorial staff.
Like the awards categories themselves, the number of voters fluctuates, though not nearly as dramatically or frequently. This means that, starting in early December, 23 people received hundreds of DVDs via snail mail and were granted access to every type of porno website you can imagine — all so they could view the nominated content and cast their votes.
While the adult entertainment world holds its breath in anticipation of the January 23rd awards show, Mic spoke with several voters for the AVN awards, discussing everything from weeks of non-stop porn viewing to rumors that the awards are fixed.
We wanted to know: What exactly is it like to be a judge in the porn Oscars? He's in his 50s and has a master's degree. He has also been an AVN awards voter for eight years. He describes himself as an avid porn enthusiast who's reviewed in excess of 10, movies since the early s. Voters rank their choices in each category, from best to worst. In a category with fifteen nominees, for example, a voter's top choice gets fifteen points, their second choice gets fourteen points, and so on.
The nominee with the most points after all the voters' choices have been aggregated is the winner. Voters have plenty of agency to put their own spin on the process, organizing their viewing and rankings around specific indicators in each category. The Editrix Jen Peters left and her desk of porn right.
Jen Peters Jennifer Peters is a freelance reporter covering military and defense for Vice. She's also been working in the adult industry as a writer and editor for adult content and trade publications since Peters became an AVN awards voter for the program, and she's currently one of eight women on the roster for Peters has a day job, which means all of her voter-sanctioned viewing has to happen at night and on the weekends.
There's only so much moaning and grunting I can take at once. The aVN Awards are no different. Though Peters acknowledges others may have acted dishonestly in the past, she cites her time in the industry as one of the main reasons why nominees couldn't sway her during the voting process, even if they wanted to. Kelly's full-time "day job" is actually at night, leaving daytime hours free for reviewing porn, which they do several times per week. Kelly told Mic that the review process has tapered in recent years, however, as fewer studios send out even less content.
This pattern is tied to the complex issue of adult content piracy and producers' subsequent belt-tightening.
Kelly also mentioned that this year's voting process yielded the least number of nominee screeners in their five-year tenure as a voter. According to Kelly, it's easier to vote in some categories and more challenging to vote in others, largely due to their personal content preferences.
That's an area I strive to improve on each year but seem to fall a little short on watching, so I try and watch as much of those when they arrive so I can offer up a solid vote in those categories. I appreciate what what they go through to provide us this stimulating material to enjoy. I've been here long enough that now I just laugh when I hear that accusation. If that were the case, why would so many of us give up so much of our lives for so long?
She started working for the magazine a little more than eight years ago and has been a voter, as well as a member of the nominating committee, for six or seven. I had to prove my worth by working my way up the ladder. The whole thing takes approximately seven weeks and includes watching hundreds of hours of sex scenes and acting scenes. This is in addition to reviewing and critiquing everything from hair and makeup to sets and costumes and cinematography and scripts.
It's a process few truly understand and many criticize. In an infamous piece about the AVN awards, writer David Foster Wallace quoted gonzo porn auteur Max Hardcore accusing the AVN awards of being fixed, with Hardcore saying that the awards were "a total conflict of interests" due to frequent winners placing ads in the magazine. In order to combat rumors about "fixing" and give fans and industry insiders a peek behind the scenes, Shaulis took to Twitter to live-tweet the AVN nomination meetings.
Though she doesn't mention names or titles in her tweets, she shares some of the funnier comments that are said during the meetings. But I look at it as a film genre that so many people love.