Inside the ‘XXX Oscars’: How a panel of judges picks porn’s biggest winners

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By Michael Blaustein,

THE actual Oscars are just a few weeks away, but this week the adult entertainment industry held their own film awards celebrating the best talent in porn.

A HUMAN woman falls in love with a fish-man and they have passionate sex. That’s a partial synopsis of Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water, which leads all movies with 13 Oscar nominations.

At an awards show Saturday night in Las Vegas, the film with the most nominations is Half His Age: A Teenage Tragedy. Its plot is very different from The Shape of Water and features even more passionate sex than its Oscar counterpart.

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The sex is also much, much more graphic.

That’s because Half His Age: A Teenage Tragedy is the leading nomination-getter, with 11, at the 2018 Adult Video News Awards — porn’s Oscars.

For 35 years, AVN has been reporting on everything adult-related — from sex toys to porn companies — in the same way, Variety covers movies and TV.

It’s safe to say that AVN’s current 20-plus staffers are some of the most knowledgeable people in the world when it comes to smut.

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For those staffers, Half His Age: A Teenage Tragedy is clearly one of the best pornos of the year and it’s competing against the likes of Confessions of a Sinful Nun and The Babysitter 11 for “Best Drama.” It’s also nominated for, among other things, “Best Boy/Girl Sex Scene,” “Best Three-Way Sex Scene — G/G/B” and “Best Cinematography.”

Those are just three of the 75 awards that will be handed out at the 35th annual AVNs, and just because there are lots of naked women involved, the process of picking the winners is just as fraught as figuring out Hollywood’s finest films.

The path to porn glory starts in early October, when a panel of five men and four women meet at the AVN offices in California, to pick the nominees.

The committee’s task is daunting: whittling down the 10,000 movies and scenes that get submitted to AVN in September to just the 15 best entries for each category.

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Day after day, the committee, comprised of AVN employees and trusted freelancers, commutes to the company’s beige and glass headquarters in order to sit together as a group and watch hours of porn. All day long, AVN senior editor Peter Warren orchestrates the action with a remote control, and the fate of each submission is sometimes decided in mere seconds.

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“When you do what we do, there’s a way to judge things really quickly,” Warren says while laughing from what sounds like a place deep in his belly.

“You can start watching something and three seconds into it go, ‘This is terrible, let’s move on.’”

That kind of instinctive decision-making is at the core of the committee’s process.

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