February 25, 2007

News: Lucas Sweeps at GAYVN Awards



BY VINCENT LAMBERT

New York porn mogul Michael Lucas won big at the ninth annual GAYVN Awards last night at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. Nominated in 14 categories, Lucas and his latest epic, Michael Lucas' La Dolce Vita, won in every category in which it was nominated. The film took the coveted Best Picture prize, along with a Best Actor nod for Lucas and awards for Best Art Direction, Direction (Lucas and Tony DiMarco), DVD Extras, Music (Nekked), Marketing Campaign, Editing (Frank Tyler), Non-Sex Performance (Vivid girl Savanna Samson), Best Supporting Actor (Spencer Quest), Screenplay and Videography (both DiMarco).

In an exclusive interview with VincentLambert.com, Lucas talked about his historic night. “I think this weekend proved that despite all the gossip,” he said, “the GAYVN Awards show is not a conspiracy and not a political show, as I am not as big an advertiser as the California main players. So I believe it is strictly a decision made by judges, and I was really moved by their recognition of my film. As I said in my speech, I know that not everybody likes me as I have strong opinions and I am not shy of expressing them, not everyone understands my sense of humor or takes it lightly, and yet the judges were able to differentiate between my personality and the work of my company. It might seem normal that people would judge you only for your work, but I was still pleasantly surprised that that was the case in our industry.”

Lucas also pointed out that his company set a few records this year: Lucas Entertainment won the most awards of any single studio in the history of any award show (gay or straight); it is the first company to win the Best Picture award two years in a row (last year, it was for Dangerous Liaisons); and it was also the first time that a company won in every category in which it was nominated.

“And last, but not least,” Lucas added, “last year and this year my company altered the map by being based in New York City. We won more awards than any California studio!”

However, there were some other winners, too. Hot House took home four awards, including Best All-Sex and Leather awards for its Black-n-Blue. Ty Hudson and Shane Rollins won for Best Oral Scene in Justice. Kent North got Best Solo Performance for At Your Service. Veteran director Paul Barresi won for Best Non-Sex Performance in Falcon's The Velvet Mafia (a tie with Dolce's Samson). Fracois Sagat was named Performer of the Year, and Matt Cole took Best Newcomer honors. Best Sex Scene Duo went to real-life lovers Brad Patton and Brian Hanson for Buckshot's Manly Heat: Quenched. COLT Studios also won Best Solo Video for Minute Man 28. Jet Set Productions took the Best Sex Comedy award for director Andrew Rosen's Going Under.

The Best Ethnic-Themed Video award went to The Show 1-2, a co-production of New York's Dark Alley Media and Pitbull Productions. Raging Stallion Studios' Manhattan took the Best Ethnic-Themed Video/Latin prize. And the Best Renting Title of 2006 was Channel 1 Releasing's Delinguents.

Director Gino Colbert inducted gay legend Peter Berlin into the GAYVN Hall of Fame, along with vets Steven Toushin, Kathryn Reed, Raging Stallion's Chris Ward, performer Chase Hunter and director Ray Dragon.

Host Kathy Griffin, filming for her Bravo reality show Life on the D-List, was also awarded a trophy naming her an “Honorary Gay.”

For a complete list of winners, visit www.gayvn.com.

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