15th AVN Awards
History: The 1998 AVN Awards Show program cover
DateJanuary 10, 1998 (1998-01-10)
SiteCaesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada
Hosted by
Preshow hosts
  • Gary Gray
  • Williamson Howe
Produced byGary Miller
Directed byMark Stone
Best PictureBad Wives (Best Film)
Most awardsZazel (7)[1]
Television coverage
NetworkPlayboy TV

The 15th AVN Awards ceremony, organized by Adult Video News (AVN), took place January 10, 1998 at Caesars Palace, in Paradise, Nevada, U.S.A.[2] During the show, AVN presented AVN Awards (the industry's equivalent of the Academy Awards)[3][4][5] in 54 categories honoring the best pornographic films released between Oct. 1, 1996 and Sept. 30, 1997. The ceremony was produced by Gary Miller and directed by Mark Stone.[2] Comedian Robert Schimmel hosted, with adult film actresses Racquel Darrian and Misty Rain as co-hosts.[2][5] At a pre-awards cocktail reception held the previous evening, 50 more AVN Awards, mostly for behind-the-scenes achievements, were given out by hosts Nici Sterling and Dave Tyree,[1] however, this event was neither televised nor distributed on VHS tapes as was the main evening's ceremony. Both events included awards categories for gay movies; the final year the show included both gay and heterosexual awards. The gay awards were subsequently spun off into a separate show, the GayVN Awards.

Zazel won the most awards with seven, however, Bad Wives, which received six statuettes, won for best film. Buda won for best shot-on-video feature. Nic Cramer won Best Director—Film for Operation Sex Siege.[1]

Winners and nominees

The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on January 10, 1998. Besides winning best film, Bad Wives also won Best Actress for Dyanna Lauren, Best Actor for Steven St. Croix and Best Screenplay for Dean Nash. Zazel was named best all-sex film and Naked Highway was the best gay video. Johnni Black won Best New Starlet, while Performers of the Year were: Stephanie Swift, female; Tom Byron, male; and Jim Buck, gay.[1]

Major awards

Tom Byron, Male Performer of the Year winner
Stephanie Swift, Female Performer of the Year
Stephanie Swift, Female Performer of the Year
Johnni Black, Best New Starlet winner
Johnni Black, Best New Starlet winner
Steven St. Croix, Best Actor—Film winner
Steven St. Croix, Best Actor—Film winner
Dyanna Lauren, Best Actress—Film winner
Dyanna Lauren, Best Actress—Film winner
Nic Cramer, Best Director—Film winner
Nic Cramer, Best Director—Film winner

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger (double-dagger).[3][4][5][6][7][8]

Best Film
Best Shot-on-Video Feature Best Gay Video
  • Budadouble-dagger[1]
    • All About Eva
    • Ancient Secrets of the Kama Sutra
    • Blue Dahlia
    • Crazed
    • Drop Sex: Wipe the Floor
    • Fountain of Innocence
    • The Gift
    • Indigo Delta
    • Impact
    • Miscreants
    • New Wave Hookers 5
    • Persona
    • Seduce & Destroy
    • A Week and a Half in the Life of a Prostitute[2]
  • Naked Highwaydouble-dagger[1]
    • An American in Prague
    • Anchor Hotel
    • A Body to Die For
    • Fallen Angel
    • Family Values
    • GoodFellas/BadFellas
    • Hard Core
    • High Tide
    • Jeff Stryker's Underground
    • Journey to Italy
    • A Love Story
    • Marine Crucible
    • Matador
    • Pleasure Principle
    • Tailspin[2]
Male Performer of the Year Gay Performer of the Year
  • Jim Buckdouble-dagger[1]
    • Drew Andrews
    • Blue Blake
    • Matt Bradshaw
    • Rick Chase
    • Dino DiMarco
    • Paul Morgan
    • Johan Paulik
    • Richard Reyes
    • Lukas Ridgeston
    • Jeff White[2]
Female Performer of the Year Best New Starlet
Best Actor—Film Best Actress—Film
Best Actor—Video Best Actress—Video
Best Supporting Actor—Film Best Supporting Actress—Film
Best Supporting Actor—Video Best Supporting Actress—Video
Best Director—Film Best Director—Video
Best Director—Gay Video Best All-Girl Feature
  • Wash West, Naked Highwaydouble-dagger[1]
    • Sam Abdul, A Love Story
    • Paul Barresi, GoodFellas/BadFellas
    • Kristen Bjorn, Anchor Hotel
    • Bruce Cam, Robert Kirsch; Fallen Angel
    • Kevin Clarke, Pleasure Principle
    • Gino Colbert, John Trennel; Jeff Stryker's Underground
    • Chip Daniels, Marine Crucible
    • Jerry Douglas, Family Values
    • George Duroy, An American in Prague
    • Lucas Kazan, Journey to Italy
    • Derek Kent, A Body to Die For
    • Chi Chi LaRue, Hard Core
    • John Rutherford, High Tide
    • John Travis, Tailspin
    • Michael Zen, Matador[2]
  • Diva 4double-dagger[1]
    • Buttslammers 15
    • Catlickers 4
    • Diva
    • Everybody Wants Some 3
    • Femania
    • Jenna's Built for Speed
    • Nasty Girls 15
    • Possessions
    • Shane's World 6
    • Violation of Jill Kelly
    • Where The Boys Aren't 9[2]
Best Foreign Release Best European Release (The Hot Video Award)
  • The Fugitive 1 & 2double-dagger[1]
    • Anita
    • Betty Bleu
    • Cold Desire
    • Dead Man's Wish
    • Euro Angels
    • The Magnificent 7 Girls
    • Messalina, The Virgin Empress
    • Immortal
    • In Your Dreams
    • Rebecca in Paris II
    • Sexy Killer "Nikyta"
    • Skin: The 8th Consecration
    • Torero
    • Virility[2]
  • President by Day, Hooker by Nightdouble-dagger[1]
    • Beauty and the Beast
    • No Entry to the Public
    • The Magnificent Seven
    • Mamma[2]
Best All-Sex Film Best All-Sex Video
  • Zazeldouble-dagger[1]
    • Dark Angel
    • Dinner Party 2
    • Klimaxx
    • Paris Chic[2]
  • Fresh Meat 4double-dagger[1]
    • America's 10 Most Wanted 2
    • Bombshell
    • Decadence
    • Dirty Days in Hollywood
    • Dreamscape
    • Filthy Coeds
    • Liquid Lust
    • Gregory Dark's The Psycho Sexuals
    • Skin 11: Unbound
    • Sodomania 21
    • World Sex Tour 10
    • World Sex Tour 11[2]
Best Gonzo Video Best Sex Comedy
  • Voyeur 7 & 8: Live in Europedouble-dagger[1]
    • Assman
    • Ben Dover's Little Smart Asses
    • Buttman in Barcelona
    • Butt Row Euro Style
    • Buttwoman '97
    • Cunt Hunt 2
    • Gluteus to the Maximus
    • Lil' Women: Vestal Virgins
    • Max World 7: Tube Steak Boogie
    • Nice Fuckin' Movie
    • Rock 'n Roll Rocco
    • Shameless Desire
    • Shane's World 5
    • Tom Byron's Cumback Pussy 7[2]
  • Cellar Dwellers IIdouble-dagger[1]
    • The Fanny
    • A Little Piece of My Heart
    • Makin' Whoopee
    • A Pervert Walks Among Us
    • Rainwoman 10
    • Raw Footage
    • South by Southeast
    • Suggestive Behavior
    • Swinging in the Rain
    • Texas Dildo Masquerade
    • Women Behaving Badly[2]
Best Selling Tape of the Year Best Renting Tape of the Year
  • Zazeldouble-dagger[1]
    • Bad Wives
    • Buttman in Barcelona
    • Dinner Party 2
    • New Wave Hookers 5
    • Rocco More Than Ever
    • Rock 'n' Roll Rocco
    • Satyr
    • Sodomania 22
    • Where the Boys Aren't 9
    • Wicked Weapon
    • The World's Luckiest Man[2]
  • New Wave Hookers 5double-dagger[1]
    • Bad Wives
    • Ben Dover's English Asscapades
    • Bottom Dweller 5
    • Buttman in Barcelona
    • Buttman's Bend Over Babes IV
    • Drop Sex: Wipe the Floor
    • The Pyramid 3
    • Rocco's Private Fantasies
    • Satyr
    • Seymore butts: Gluteus to the Maximus
    • Zazel[2]
Best Couples Sex Scene—Film Best Couples Sex Scene—Video
Best Group Sex Scene—Film Best Group Sex Scene—Video
  • Peter North, Alyssa Love, Holli Woods, Katie Gold, Shay Sweet; Gluteus to the Maximusdouble-dagger[1]
    • Orgy scene (Dyanna Lauren, Papillon, Tatiana, Jon Dough, Peter North, Vince Vouyer); Ancient Secrets of the Kama Sutra
    • Ann, Alberto Ray, Paschal, Ben Dover; Ben Dover's Little Smart Asses
    • Chloe, Roxanne Hall, Marc Wallice; Blue Dahlia
    • Opening orgy (Monika Kiss, Holly Black, Reka Gabor, Szilvia, Leslie Taylor, Steve Hard, Zenza Raggi, John Walton); Buda
    • Jake Steed, Mark Davis, Mikki Malone, Leah Dawn, Rainahh; Butt Row Unplugged
    • Jake Steed, Lauren Montgomery, Monti; Drop Sex: Wipe the Floor
    • Serenity, Alex Sanders, Sindee Coxx; Lost Angels
    • Dru Berrymore, Jack Hammer, Liza Harper, Randi Lee, Tom Byron; Miscreants
    • Airin, K. C., Ed Powers, Jake Steed, Bobbi; More Dirty Debutantes 71
    • Mickey G., Missy, Ruby, Chloe; Gregory Dark's The Psycho Sexuals
    • The orgy (Clarissa Bruni, Elizabeth King, Eva, Heidy Cassini, Illana Moore, Jeanette La Douce, Lenka Veborova, Olga Lovi, Dina Pearl, Regina Sipos, Stephanie Silver, Samantha del Rio, Katarina Martinez, Sophie Call, Cassandra, Vivienne Clash, Andrea Nobili, Andrea Spider, Christoph Clark, Francesco Malcom, Jean-Yves Le Castel, Pavel Sahaj, Richard Langin, Robert Rosenberg, Roberto Malone, Rocco Siffredi, Silvio Evangelista, others); Rock 'n' Roll Rocco 2: Backstage Pass
    • Jacklyn Lick, Missy, T. T. Boy; Sinister Sister
    • T. T. Boy and 15 women; Sorority Sex Kittens 3
    • Erika Bella, Zoltan Cowboy, [Dorian Lux, Leslie Taylor; The Voyeur 10
    • Precious Silver, Marc Wallice, Kyle Stone, Brian Surewood; A Week and a Half in the Life of a Prostitute[2]
Best All-Girl Sex Scene—Film Best All-Girl Sex Scene—Video

Additional award winners

These awards were announced, but not presented, in a winners-only segments read by Robert Schimmel and Misty Rain during the event. Recipients' awards were distributed off-stage:

The previous night, January 9, 1998, during AVN's pre-awards cocktail reception, hosts adult film actress Nici Sterling and comedian Dave Tyree[1][2] handed out these awards, mostly for behind-the-scenes excellence:[5]

Honorary AVN Awards

Special Achievement Awards

AVN Breakthrough Award

Presented to Steve Orenstein[2] of Wicked Pictures; the other nominees were Robert Black and Tom Byron[2]

Hall of Fame

AVN Hall of Fame inductees for 1998, announced during AVN's pre-awards cocktail reception, were: Lois Ayres, Rene Bond, Jerry Butler, Careena Collins, Jon Dough, Jerry Douglas, Roy Karch, Keisha, Dorothy LeMay, Chelsea Manchester, Constance Money, Paul Norman, Jace Rocker, Derek Stanton, Jane Waters, Bambi Woods[1][3]

Adult Internet Awards

The 1998 Adult Internet Awards winners[9] were announced at another time later in the year and were not part of the show:

Multiple nominations and awards

Zazel won the most awards with seven; Bad Wives was next with six statuettes.New Wave Hookers 5 scored five.[1]

Presenters and performers

The following individuals presented awards or performed musical numbers or comedy.[1] Presenters of the gay awards were not recorded. The show's trophy girls were Candy Roxxx and Katie Gold.[2]

Presenters (in order of appearance)

Name(s) Role
Nina Hartley
Chi Chi LaRue
Nici Sterling
Presenters of the awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress in a feature film
Victoria Paris
Stacy Valentine
Ron Jeremy
Sid Deuce
Presenters of the awards for Best Couples Sex Scene—Film and Best Couples Sex Scene—Video
Stephanie Swift
Jonathan Morgan
Lexus Locklear
Nico Treasures
Presenters of the awards for Best All-Girl Sex Scene—Video and Best All-Girl Sex Scene—Film
Jasmin St. Claire
Tricia Devereaux
Harmony Grant
Presenters of the awards for Best Group Sex Scene—Video and Best Group Sex Scene—Film
Mr. Marcus
Rocki Roads
Presenters of the awards for Best Selling Tape of the Year and Best Renting Tape of the Year
Monique Covét
Christi Lake
Max Hardcore
Presenters of the awards for Best Foreign Release and Best All-Girl Feature
Kobe Tai
Mark Davis
John Decker
Roxanne Hall
Presenters of the awards for Best Supporting Actor—Video and Best Supporting Actress—Video
Anita Rinaldi
David Chryso
Presenters of the Hot Video Award (Best European Release)
Steve Drake
Johnni Black
Toni James
Presenters of the awards for Male Performer of the Year and Female Performer of the Year
Paul Fishbein[2] Presenter of the AVN Special Achievement Awards
Gene Ross[2] Presenter of the AVN Breakthrough Award
Missy Presenter of the Best New Starlet Award
Melissa Hill
Kylie Ireland
Tiffany Mynx
Mandi Frost
Presenters of the awards for Best Director—Video and Best Director—Film
Jenna Jameson
Nikki Tyler
Sydnee Steele
Tonisha Mills
Presenters of the awards for Best Actor—Video and Best Actress—Video
Juli Ashton
Tia Bella
Jill Kelly
Presenters for the awards for Best Actor in a Film and Best Actress in a Film
Steven St. Croix
Dyanna Lauren
Presenters of the awards for Best Gonzo Video and Best Sex Comedy
Alisha Klass
Samantha Stylle
Halli Aston
Presenters of the awards for Best All-Sex Video and Best All-Sex Film
Janine Lindemulder
Ed Powers
Brittany Andrews
Presenters of the awards for Best Shot-on-Video Feature and Best Film


Name(s) Role Performed
The Stingers[2] Performer Musical performance: "Sing, Sing, Sing"[1]
Robert Schimmel Performer Standup comedy segment[2]
Serenity [5]
and the Dirty Dancers
Performers Musical number: "History Comes Quickly"[2]
Dyanna Lauren Performer Musical number: "Psycho Magnet"[2][5]
Doctor Dirty
(John Valby)
Performer Musical performance[2]
The Spicy Girls[5]
(Lauren Montgomery and Midori)
Performers Musical number: "Calling All Girls"[2]

Ceremony information

While accepting her Lifetime Achievement Award, Christy Canyon announced her official retirement.[1]

Among the people participating in production of the ceremony, Mark Stone also served as musical director; an opening video entitled "History" was produced by Steve Austin and Serenity was responsible for choreography.[2]

The ceremonies were published on VHS tapes by both VCA Pictures[6] and Playboy Entertainment Group.[7] The Playboy tape includes softcore scenes from the winning movies,[10] while the VCA tape features hardcore scenes of the winners. The awards show was also rebroadcast over the Internet by High Society magazine via cun-tv.com on May 16, 1998.[5]

The 1998 AVN Awards later achieved an unexpected shot of mainstream coverage when David Foster Wallace attended the ceremony as part of his overall exploration of pornography's place (or non-place) in American society as the 20th century was nearing its end. Wallace wrote about the event and some matters connected to it in a piece that he wrote for Premiere magazine and published under a pseudonym, and later added the story to a book under his real name and the title "Big Red Son."

Critical reviews

Some attendees were critical of the show's length. In a posting to the Rec.Arts.Movies.Erotica Usenet newsgroup, Tim Evanson noted, "The length of the show was again a concern (the number of heterosexual categories is quiet large), and the number of gay industry insiders attending the awards dipped slightly this year."[11]

In Memoriam

AVN publisher Paul Fishbein paid tribute to the passing of adult industry businessman Reuben Sturman during the show.[1]

See also


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az "History: The 1998 AVN Awards Show". Official Program. Van Nuys, California: AVN Publications, Inc. January 9, 1998.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Paige, Cinnamon (August 1998). "Exxxtra! Exxxtra!". Adult Cinema Review. Vol. 16 no. 8. New York, New York: Princeton Publishing, Inc. pp. 6–10. ISSN 0277-2914.
  4. ^ a b "Porn Vixens in Vegas!". Club International. Vol. 22 no. 6. Sandy Hook, Connecticut: Paragon Publishing, Inc. June 1998. pp. 26–29. ISSN 0747-0819.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "The 1998 Adult Video News Awards!". High Society. Vol. 23 no. 8. New York, New York: Crescent Publishing Group Inc. August 1998. pp. 106–111.
  6. ^ a b Stone, Mark (Director) (1998). Adult Video News Awards 1998 (videotape). VCA Pictures.
  7. ^ a b Stone, Mark (Director) (1998). Playboy Goes to the 1998 AVN Awards (videotape). Beverly Hills, California: Playboy Entertainment Group.
  8. ^ "AVN Awards - 1997". The official website of Rec.Arts.Movies.Erotica. rame.net. 1998. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  9. ^ "AVN The Adult Internet Awards: The 1998 Winners List". Internet Archive Wayback Machine. Internet Archive/Adult Video News. 1998. Archived from the original on April 18, 1999. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  10. ^ Recob, Den (November 28, 1998). "AVN 1998 Awards Show". Cyberspace Adult Video Reviews. Denny Recob. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 'R' rated clips from the winning movies.
  11. ^ Evanson, Tim (January 19, 1998). "An analysis of the Gay portion of the awards by Tim Evanson". The official website of Rec.Arts.Movies.Erotica. rame.net. Retrieved May 16, 2016.