The nominations are out and it is time to pick them apart. Remember folks, this is the fun part. I have nothing but repsect for the people who have to choose these. That doesn’t mean I can’t point out oversights yeah?
For the full list check out AVN Nominees-Full List
Here are the performer categories, examined a bit.
Performer categories

Best New Starlet

Audrey Hollander
Nicki Hunter
Katrina Kraven
Christie Lee
Jennifer Luv
Missy Monroe
Gia Paloma
Teagan Presley
Lily Thai
Lucy Thai
Nautica Thorn
Dana Vespoli
Vicky Vette
Dani Woodward

This is a pretty strong list and a lot of these women should be up for Female Performer. I REALLY like Jennifer Luv, Lucy Thai, Vicky Vette and Nautica Thorn. I also think that Missy Monroe, Teagan Presley and Audrey Hollander are three of the best performers in the biz. Who will win? I am going to guess Cytherea since they nominated her for both awards. Who would I pick? Teagan, Audrey, Nautica, Lucy or Jennifer. Or all of the above.

Best Male Newcomer

Otto Bauer
Max Black
Ben Bratt
Dick Delaware
Tommy Gunn
Jack Lawrence
Tony T.
Jean Val Jean

Do any of you care? Are any of these guys even worth the effort of comparing them?

Female Performer of the Year

Ashley Blue
Cindy Crawford
Jessica Drake
Ariana Jollee
Katja Kassin
Katrina Kraven
Gina Lynn
Julie Night
Jayna Oso
Lauren Phoenix
Taylor Rain
Alicia Rhodes
Savanna Samson

I think this is an incredibly weak list. Seriously. No Teagan, No Aurora Snow, No Lucy Thai, No Jesse Jane, No Dana Vespoli…….Ashley Blue won last year so I doubt she will win again. Cindy Crawford is pretty hot. Cytherea just doesn’t do that much for me. Jessica Drake my be the favorite and I like her a lot. I wouldn’t pick her over some of the other feature girls like Stormy, Kalani Lei or Devinn Lane though. Ariana Jollee is everyone’s flavor of the month in the gonzo world. Katja is OK. Katrina Kraven? Come on. Gina Lynn doesn’t do it for me. Julie Night will give Ariana a run for her money. Jayna Oso is very sexy, but is a better rookie than performer nominee I think. Lauren Phoenix is probably the girl I would pick as the favorite though I don’t see anything there that we don’t get from a hundred other girls. (Crystal Ray for example) Taylor Rain would be my second choice for who will probably win. I think she was better last year, but they still might give it to her. Alicia Rhodes is actually my pick from this bunch. She is very hot, though I doubt she has a chance in hell. I don’t see enough Vivid to even judge Savanna I’m afraid. Venus is a good performer, but is she one of the 15 best in the biz? I know I am going to catch hell, but I think this is a rather weak field.

Male Performer of the Year

Mark Anthony
Mark Ashley
TT Boy
Ben English
Manuel Ferrara
Kurt Lockwood
Mr. Marcus
Mr. Pete
Brett Rockman
Randy Spears
Michael Stefano
Evan Stone
Lee Stone
Mark Wood

This is a joke. No Lexington Steele and no Erik Everhard and that’s stupid. I am happy to see guys like Mark Wood and Ben English on the list. I would imagine that since Stefano won it last year, it will go do a feature guy this time. Put me down for Kurt Lockwood winning, though Manuel Ferrara would probably be my pick from this list.

Hall of Fame

James Avalon
Seymore Butts
Rod Fontana
Kylie Ireland
C.J. Lang
Francesca Lé
Mai Lin
Jim Powers
Steven St. Croix
Taylor Wane

It is hard to believe that some of these people are ready for the H of F. Kylie is still performing, so is Francesca. Serenity just announced her retirement and Shane is back behind the camera. It is great to include Jim Powers. I think people over-look him too often and he deserves this. (Hey, when is Den from CAVR eligible for the Hall?

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