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AVN releases awards nominations.

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Come this January, a who’s who of adult entertainment talent will descend upon Las Vegas, first for the Adult Entertainment Expo–the largest US adult industry trade show–and then for the AVN Awards, the awards show commonly referred to as the Oscars of porn.

But what, exactly, will be awarded? Oh, many, many things. Despite the comparison to the Oscars, the AVN Awards are actually much, much broader in scope, with an ample list of 125 awards–often with upwards of 20 nominees each–compared to the Academy’s paltry 24. Hey, porn is a complicated thing.

Some of the awards have direct correlations to the Oscars–Best Actor and Actress are thrown into the mix–but there are many that are unique to the adult industry alone (and we’re not just talking Best All-Girl Threeway). Best Female Performer, for instance, is a separate award from Best Actress–as the latter recognizes acting (or line reading) and the former recognizes performing (or doing it in front of the camera). AVN also makes sure to separately recognize both an outstanding release and an outstanding overall series within the same genre. Is your head spinning yet? We haven’t even gotten to Best Packaging Innovation (not to be confused with Best Packaging).

The full list of awards can be found here. Read it, if you dare.

Thumbnail: Veteran adult star Nina Hartley at the 2009 AVN Awards.