The 11 Annual XBiz Award Nominees - the gay ones - were announced and you can bet your industry ink there's excitement in the air as one of the biggest mainstream projects- XBiz - announced who is vying for the evening's top prize. In the who's who of mainstream gay porn video production: Michael Lucas ("Passion") Hothouse ("Sanctuary 1 & 2"), Falcon ("INNtrigued"), Mustang ("Depths of Desire"), Raging Stallion Studios ("Brutal" as well as "Tales of The Arabian Knights"), Channel 1 Releasing/All Worlds ("Grand Slam: Little League 4"), Lucas Kazan ("Rough/Tender"). The list goes on..

And all the directors you first think of when you think of the mainstream porn industry are there: Michael Lucas (with Mr. Pam), The Chris's: Steele and Ward. Tony DiMarco, Brian Mills, Steven Scarborough. (There's a director named 'Jonno' I'm not familiar with and who doesn't seem to appear anywhere else. But I once wrote for and with an editor about the sex business named 'Jonno.' Could it be?)

I digress.

There are a few other categories - 'Best Studio,' 'Best Performer of The Year,' 'Best Website of The Year,' 'Best Affiliate Program' and 'Best Web Company'. Deservedly, Dominic Ford did particularly well this year having been nominated in the final three categories. Michael Lucas (and not including actors in his studio, like Jonathan Agassi or Adam Killian who were both nominated for 'Best Performer of The Year') swept the nominations with seven , one in every single category. Burt Lancaster doesn't have that kind of record.

Awards have taken on a sort of ironic tone with the addition of some many of them. But the gay porn industry needs the recognition so until that changes, it's black tux and bow ties, here we come. (Via:

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