A nebula in flux.

Oprah unleashes a box of killer bees upon a captive audience.

I'll take that! *Yoink*

Frida Kahlo's magical, glittery unibrow.

A GIF that combines all of LeBron James' shots during a single game.

Digg founder Kevin Rose flings a raccoon down a set of stairs forever (in real life, the raccoon was attacking his dog)

Ryan Gosling: there is no spoon.

Faceplant on Google Streetview.

Kanye West loves himself some croissants.

Kanye West loves himself some croissants.

Admit it, you get this excited sometimes.

Nice recovery, champ. No one noticed.

The Earth is breathing.

Lenticular Bub.

Even by cat standards, this jump is extraordinarily lazy.

"Did you catch that?"

Ken Cosgrove does some dancing after a vitamin shot.

How Walter White transforms over the course of Breaking Bad.

Catching the bus.

Toronto's crack mayor Rob Ford does a little dance.

This man loves Dr. Pepper. He loves it a lot.

Co.Design

22 Animated GIFs That Are Up For Their Own Version Of The Oscars

A new award called the .GIFys aims to recognize the top animated loops. Here are our favorite nominees.

If the ultimate signifier of a medium's acceptance into popular culture is a lavish awards ceremony, then the animated GIF has finally arrived. They're called the .GIFYs -- it stands for GIF of the Year, and it should be pronounced 'jiffies' according to .GIF creator Steven Wilhite -- and they are like the Oscars for silent, infinitely looping microfilms.

The brainchild of editors and designers from Gawker, Buzzfeed, Mashable, Tumblr and more, the .GIFYs mission is to "honor the animated GIF as a medium, social commentary, and art form." There are categories for animals, art and design, nature and science, mashups, sports, cats, WTF, and the .GIFYs' equivalent of Best Picture: GIF of the year.

Habitual denizens of Twitter, Reddit, and Tumblr should recognize a lot of the nominees, featuring moonwalking ponies, a lenticular Lil Bub, sleeping girls being bombarded by hotdogs, Oprah terrorizing her audience with bees, Toronto's crack-loving mayor Rob Ford dancing, Snow White getting her head blown off, and many more.

Voting in the .GIFys is now open to the public. To help stack the deck, we've chosen a few of our favorites from each category. We're not saying you have to vote for our favorites. All we're saying is if our favorites don't win, we're going to Beyoncé it all like this.

You can vote in the .GIFys here.

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  • Daniel Imbellino

    Sounds very unfair that a handful of people are the ones selecting the gifs to be showcased. How are you going to host awards for the greatest gifs when the public has no say so in what is even nominated? To be quite honest, those gifs are nothing compared to what I've seen on Google+. You guys are ignoring audiences by centering on yourselves.

  • Jeremy Lawrence

    So if you go to where you can vote for GIF of the year one of the 5 choices appears to be someone abusing a cat. Nice. I'm guessing the rape and torture porn gifs weren't as entertaining.

  • As we mention in the slideshow, that's a raccoon being hurled down a set of stairs by Kevin Rose, Digg's founder, after he came home to discover the raccoon literally mauling his dog.

  • ...aaaand it's not a cat. It's a raccoon. And there is a story to that .gif. Apologize for being a jackass when it's convenient for you.

  • Jeremy Lawrence

    Apologise for what? Not knowing the backstory of every single image posted online or not being able to tell a cat apart from a racoon in a badly exposed and very poor quality gif. Also the gif was posted with zero context, the image simply showed an animal being thrown down some stairs and being bounced off a wall.

    BTW go and look up the meaning of 'appears' before you post any more condescending replies.

  • Jeremy Lawrence

    Duh, what is wrong with people's reading abilities? There is no caption or any explanation on the gif of the year page, which was the location I specifically referenced and where I said I saw gif.

    Are people expected to come to this page first to find out about the gifs? Not to mention, for some strange reason, the slideshow at top of page was not even actually working when I first looked at this page.