First Annual Saxxy Awards

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This article is about the first annual movie making contest. For other uses, see Saxxy (disambiguation).
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The First Annual Saxxy Awards was a contest held amongst the community to create a replay in order to earn "the most prestigious virtual award in combat filmmaking: a foot-high bust of an almost entirely naked Australian man." The competition was announced alongside the Replay Update.

Promotional video

Main article: Replay Update (teaser)

The Rules

Please keep entries to under a minute, and at a resolution of at least 720p. Only entries created between 12:00:00 AM GMT, Thursday, May 5th, 2011 and 11:59:59 PM GMT, Thursday, May 19th, 2011, and submitted by 11:59:59 PM GMT, Thursday, May 19th, 2011[1], will be considered.

Only one entry per category per Steam user will be considered. If you submit multiple entries in a single category, the last entry submitted by the deadline will be considered, and the others will be ignored. Entries by multiple authors are allowed.

No entries containing copyrighted materials (outside of Valve's IPs) will be considered. Materials (.DEM files, for example) may be requested to prove original authorship.

The use of external software in the creation of entries is permitted in all categories. However, the Replay renderer MUST be used for initial TGA/WAV data if an external editor is used, OR if rendering an entry from within TF2. Video Preset "Maximum" MUST be used, regardless of whether you are rendering a movie from TF2 or raw TGAs and a .WAV.


Round one, FIGHT!

At 11:59:59 PM GMT, Friday, May 20th, 2011, the Saxxy Awards submission period ended, and Francis the Talking France opened the official voting for the best videos.

At the Battle voting page, the user was given two videos of the selected category, and could vote for their preferred one. The given videos were randomly chosen, and new ones were selected after each vote. Voting was only available to Steam account holders that owned Team Fortress 2, and a given user could only vote a maximum of one hundred times per day. The Battle voting round of the Saxxy Awards voting process officially ended at 4:30 PM PST, Thursday, May 26th, 2011.


The Finalists...

The Finales voting stage began at 3:10 PM PST, Thursday, June 2nd, 2011. Unlike at other awards shows, where the categories are usually standard throughout them all (i.e. best drama, best comedy, etc.), the Saxxy Award winners in all twenty categories were selected by Steam community members, through the nominees page. Each player was allowed one vote per category. Players were able to change their vote until the voting period ended at 11:00 AM PST, Monday, June 6th, 2011.

The finalists were the following:

[show]Saxxy Awards Finalists
  • Most Inventive Kill
  • Best Mid-air Murder
  • Biggest Massacre
  • Funniest Replay
  • Best Getaway
  • Best Revenge
  • Most Pwnage
  • Most Heroic
  • Best Set Design
  • Best Team Costume
  • Best Original Soundtrack
  • Best 30 Second Trailer
  • Best Coordinated Combat
  • Most Dramatic
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Editing
  • Most Epic Fail
  • Most Extreme Stunt

The Awards Show

The Awards Show!

At 5:35 PM PST, Monday, June 6th, 2011, the Awards Show was announced on the official blog. Hosted by Saxton Hale, The First Annual Saxxy Awards Show LIVE aired at 3:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, June 8th. The Award Show lasted one hundred minutes, as specifically stated during the post. There were 20 categories, with a Saxxy awarded every five minutes.

The winners were the following:

Update history

May 5, 2011 Patch (Replay Update)

  • Launched the First Annual Saxxy Awards.

May 19, 2011 Patch

  • Extended the Saxxy contest deadline to 11:59:59 PM GMT, Friday, May 20th, 2011.

June 8, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Removed the Saxxy Awards promotion on the main menu.



Meet Francis the Talking France!
  • Francis the Talking France first appeared in an article titled Death of Adventure Games, written in 2000 by Erik Wolpaw, a Valve employee.
  • While the category is titled "Mostest Pwnage" on the Saxxy Awards page and voting pages, the spelling error was fixed in the blog post announcing the winners and in-game.

See also


  1. Deadline extended to Friday, May 20th, 2011 as of the May 19th, 2011 patch
  2. Also known as Most Controversial; this category was not present on the voting page.

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