YouTube has announced the videos its users voted the best of 2007, with Harry Potter puppets, a mesmerizing baritone and hungry lions playing starring roles in winning works.
"In 2007 the YouTube community showed the world that there's something for everyone on the site," said YouTube manager of community Mia Quagliarello.
"This year's YouTube Video Award winners not only include entertainers, they include those who served as a mouthpiece for everyday people, those who inspired and those who informed."
PHOTO: CATHERINE THOMAS, TAIPEI TIMES
Awards were given in a dozen categories, ranging from music, sports and comedy to instructional, political and "adorable."
US graduate student Tay Zonday won in the music category for Chocolate Rain. His online fame landed him a performance on a late-night US talk show.
The award for best comedy video went to The Mysterious Ticking Noise in which puppets based on Harry Potter book characters dance and sing merrily before being blown up with a bomb by a gleeful Lord Voldemort.
A video of a baby prone to tumbling over in hysterics was voted most comic, and the creativity crown went to Swiss artist Guillaume Reymond, who used people to re-enact the video game Tetris.
The stop-motion video clip was created at the Les Urbaines festival in Lausanne, Switzerland, in November of 2007.
Top honors for instructional video went to a US high school student who demonstrates how to solve a Rubik's Cube puzzle.
The winner in the Eyewitness category is Battle at Kruger, a video graphically documenting a battle between lions, a crocodile and the water buffalo they want to turn into a meal in the Kruger National Park in South Africa.
YouTube's top-voted videos of 2007 and the finalists in each category can be viewed online at www.youtube.com/ytawards07winners.(AFP)
這個停格動畫短片是去年十一月在瑞士洛桑舉辦的「Les Urbaines festival」上拍攝的。
1. mesmerizing adj.
迷人的 (mi2 ren2 de5)
例: The view from the top was mesmerizing.
2. gleeful adj.
歡欣的 (huan1 xin1 de5)
例: Sam was gleeful when he heard about Fred's failure.
3. prone n.
有...傾向的 (you3 ... qing1 xiang4 de5)
例: Michael is prone to making smart-aleck comments.
4. stop-motion adj.
停格的 (ting2 ge2 de5)
例: The earliest King Kong movie used stop-motion animation.
Fred: Did you hear about what happened at the party last week?
Fred: Well, you know that Zed and Zoe have been having a bit of an up and down time recently? Well...
Dee: Is this a humorous anecdote or just pure gossip?
Fred: Well, it is kind of interesting.
Dee: I don't want to know about other people's misfortunes, Fred. You're such a blabbermouth!
A blabbermouth is someone who spreads gossip easily and without regard for the feelings of others.
A mouthpiece refers to a person or an organization, normally in the mass media, which presents the views of others. It is often used in a negative sense, for example: “The Express is nothing but a mouthpiece for the purple party.”
Another expression which uses mouth is word of mouth. This refers to information being passed along verbally, often between family, friends, colleagues or neighbors. For example, when enquiring as to how someone has discovered a new place to go or a book, etc., the person being asked might say: “I heard about it by word of mouth.”
另一個和嘴巴有關的片語是「word of mouth」，指的是口耳相傳的訊息，通常是在家族、朋友、同事和鄰居間的交流。例如你問及某人是如何發現一個新去處或是一本書時，被問到的人可能會說：「我也是聽別人說的」。
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