|20th AVN Awards|
|Date||January 11, 2003|
|Site||The Venetian Las Vegas at Paradise, Nevada, U.S.A.|
|Preshow hosts||Nikki Fritz|
|Produced by||Gary Miller|
|Directed by||Mark Stone|
|Best Picture||The Fashionistas (Best Film)|
|Most awards||The Fashionistas (10)|
|Most nominations||The Fashionistas (22)|
|Duration||2 hours, 10 minutes|
The 20th AVN Awards ceremony, presented by Adult Video News (AVN), took place January 11, 2003 at the Venetian Hotel Grand Ballroom, at Paradise, Nevada, U.S.A. During the ceremony, AVN presented AVN Awards in nearly 90 categories honoring the best pornographic films released between Oct. 1, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2002. The ceremony was produced by Gary Miller and directed by Mark Stone. Comedian Doug Stanhope co-hosted the show for the first time with adult film star Chloe.
The Fashionistas won 10 awards including Best Film and Best Director—Film for John Stagliano. Breathless and The Private Gladiator each took home four trophies, The Ass Collector and Perfect earned three awards apiece and several more movies won two awards each.
The nominees for the 20th AVN Awards were announced in November 2002. The Fashionistas led the way with 22, followed by Paradise Lost with 16, Les Vampyres 2 with 14, Breathess with 12 and Club Sin with 11.
The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on January 11, 2003. The 10 awards won by The Fashionistas were a record for the most awards at a single show. Lexington Steele's third win as Male Performer of the Year was also a record; previously, he, Rocco Siffredi and Tom Byron had each won twice.
Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger ().
|Best Film||Best Video Feature|
|Best DVD||Best New Starlet|
|Male Performer of the Year||Female Performer of the Year|
|Best Actor—Film||Best Actress—Film|
|Best Actor—Video||Best Actress—Video|
|Best Director—Film||Best Director—Video|
|Best Supporting Actress—Video||Best Foreign Feature|
|Best Ethnic-Themed Video||Best Gonzo Tape|
|Top Selling Tape||Top Renting Tape|
|Best Couples Sex Scene—Film||Best Group Sex Scene—Film|
|Best Couples Sex Scene—Video||Best Oral Sex Scene—Video|
|Best Anal Sex Scene—Video||Best All-Girl Sex Scene—Video|
These awards were announced, but not presented, in a pre-recorded winners-only segment shown on the ballroom's video monitors during the event. Trophies were given to the recipients off-stage:
AVN Hall of Fame inductees for 2003 were: T. T. Boy, Mark Davis, Felecia, Dave Hardman, Heather Hunter, Jill Kelly, Chasey Lain, Madison, Jonathan Morgan, Alex Sanders, Julian St. Jox, Kirdy Stevens, Tony Tedeschi, Teri Weigel
The following releases received the most nominations.
|The following 13 releases received multiple awards:
The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers or comedy. The show's trophy girls were Taylor Starr and Tyler Starr, the Sin City Twins.
|Presenters of the awards for Best Supporting Actress—Video and Best Couples Sex Scene—Video|
|Presenters of the award for Best Oral Sex Scene—Video and Best Ethnic-Themed Video|
|Presenters of the awards for Best Group Sex Scene—Film and Best Foreign Feature|
|Larry Flynt||Presenter of the Reuben Sturman Special Achievement Award|
|Presenters of the awards for Top Selling Tape and Top Renting Tape|
|Presenters of the award for Best All-Girl Sex Scene—Video|
|Presenters of the awards for Best Anal Sex Scene—Video and Best Gonzo Tape|
|Chi Chi LaRue
|Presenters of the awards for Male Performer of the Year and Female Performer of the Year|
|Steven St. Croix
|Presenters of the awards for Best Director—Film and Best Director—Video|
|Presenters of the awards for Best DVD and Best Couples Sex Scene in a Film|
|Violet Blue||Presenter of the award for Best New Starlet|
|Presenters of the awards for Best Actor—Video and Best Actress—Video|
|Presenters of the awards for Best Actor—Film and Best Actress—Film|
|Presenters of the award for Best Video Feature|
|Presenters of the award for Best Film|
and the AVN Orchestra
|Musical Director||Orchestral accompaniment|
|Spearmint Rhino Dancers||Performers||Dancers on stage|
|Vince Neil||Performer||Musical number, “Girls, Girls, Girls”|
|Doug Stanhope||Performer||Standup comedy segment|
Steven St. Croix
|Performers||"What's the Best Way to Win an AVN Award?" comedy short video|
|Crazy Town||Performers||Musical numbers, "Butterfly" and "Hurt You So Bad"|
AVN created several new categories for the year's awards show. Among them: Best Oral Sex Scene—Video, Best Male Newcomer, Best Director—Non-Feature, Male Foreign Performer of the Year and Female Foreign Performer of the Year.
The show was recorded for later broadcast and a DVD of the awards show was issued by VCA Pictures.
Briana Loves Jenna was announced as the adult movie industry's top selling movie and also the top renting movie of the previous year.