The 24th AVN Awards ceremony, presented by Adult Video News (AVN), honored the best pornographic films of 2006 and took place January 13, 2007 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Paradise, Nevada. During the ceremony, Adult Video News presented AVN Awards (commonly referred to as the Oscars of porn)) in 119 categories released during the eligibility period, Oct. 1, 2005 to Sept. 30, 2006. The ceremony, televised in the United States by Playboy TV, was produced and directed by Gary Miller. Adult film star Jessica Drake hosted for the first time, with comedian Jim Norton, who also co-hosted in 2004.
Manhunters won seven awards, including Best Film and Best Director for Brad Armstrong, as did Corruption, which won Best Video Feature and Best Director—Video for Eli Cross. Other winners included Fuck and Sacred Sin each with five and Fashionistas Safado: The Challenge with three.
The nominees were announced Nov. 22, 2006 by AVN.
The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on January 13, 2007. The coveted Female Performer of the Year and Best New Starlet awards went to Hillary Scott and Naomi respectively while Tommy Gunn won Male Performer of the Year.
Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger ().
These awards were announced in a pre-recorded winners-only segment during the event but were not part of the televised awards show. Trophies were mailed to the recipients later:None given this year
AVN Hall of Fame inductees for 2007 were: Rebecca Bardoux, Dave Cummings, Taylor Hayes, Rick Masters, John Seeman, Domonique Simone, Selena Steele, Sydnee Steele, Nici Sterling, Tabitha Stevens, Kyle Stone, Vince VouyerFounders Branch: Charlie Brickman, Cinderella Distribution; Phil Harvey, Adam & Eve; Arthur Morowitz and Howard Farber, Video-X-Pix; Sidney Niekirk, Cal Vista
The following individuals presented awards or performed musical or comedy numbers.
A new venue, the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center, was not the only change made at the 2007 AVN Awards show. For the first time, porn fans could purchase tickets to attend the show; previously only industry insiders were permitted to attend.
While the Best DVD award was discontinued, several new awards debuted: Director of the Year (Body of Work), Contract Star of the Year, Underrated Starlet of the Year (Unrecognized Excellence), Best Animated Release, Best Hard-Edged All-Sex Release, Best Interracial Series, Best POV Series and Best POV Sex Scene. Additionally, the Best Specialty Series was split among five categories—Big Bust, MILF, Squirting and Other, along with Best Transsexual Series; Best Ethnic-Themed Series was split into three—Asian, Black and Latin; and Best Online Marketing Campaign was split into Company and Individual Project categories.
Several other people participated in the production of the ceremony. Mark Stone served as musical director for the ceremony and also produced the comedy clips, mostly spoofing TV infomercials and starring Ron Jeremy, Anthony Hardwood, Kurt Lockwood, Lexington Steele and several others. Members of John Stagliano's Fashionistas gave a special performance of the Fashionistas Las Vegas revue.
Wicked Pictures created and distributed a DVD of the year's show.
Pirates was announced as the top selling and top renting movie of the previous year.
AVN publisher Paul Fishbein's annual In Memoriam tribute honored the following people: Adam & Eve's Mary Gates, VCX co-founder Rudy Sutton and actor Jon Dough.