a 3- Time Webby Honoree,
Earns 2 Nominations for the 26th Annual Webby Awards
With the release of his latest stop-motion video today featuring the hit track “Nobody Like U” from Disney’s 2022 animated film Turning Red, acclaimed director/content creator Rudy Willingham has been named an honoree in 3 categories and earned 2 nominations at the 26th Annual Webby Awards. His nominations include recognition in the Video – Animation category and in the Social – Best Creator category. Willingham is one of five nominees in both categories to be selected globally. Voting is open through April 21 .
Willingham has also received three Webby Honoree selections for his work in Advertising, Media & PR for Vegas in Motion (McGregor vs Poirier) and This Ad Takes the Cake, as well as in Video Remixes/Mashups for his Stop Motion Cutouts.
“Early in my career, I would scour the Webby website for inspiration. It was my way of staying on top of current technology and advertising trends,” notes Willingham. “It’s incredibly cool that I’m now being honored. Twenty-two-year-old Rudy would be proud.”
In addition to his recent Webby nominations, Willingham was also recently honored with 2 Gold ADDY Awards in the AAF District XI American Advertising Awards Competition for his collaborative work alongside Whole Foods Market, which launched a global broadcast campaign featuring his stop motion cutouts in January of this year. He has also been short-listed for The One Show Awards for his work with Whole Foods Market.
Willingham’s work spans all verticals—art, music, fashion, beauty, sports, food, and more—and adapts effortlessly across platforms, from social channels, street art and guerrilla marketing to broadcast, print and billboards. As a former advertising copywriter, he’s steeped in strategy and research for a decade in the industry. As an experienced content creator who has amassed 4.3 million followers on TikTok and over 400,000 on Instagram, he has an empirical understanding of how algorithms work and what makes people engage. This makes Rudy that rare combination of an exciting creator and savvy collaborator—as evidenced by his 2021 campaigns for Volvo Car USA, ESPN, Hasbro, WWE, T-Mobile, Microsoft Gaming, Whole Foods Market and more.
His content is intentionally lo-fi, his primary tools being paper, scissors, and his imagination. Using Photoshop would be faster, but then he’d lose what makes his work so special: its unexpectedness, charm, and humanity. Because rather than impress people, Rudy wants to connect with them—whether it’s through his art, his music (City Arts Magazine hailed him as one of Seattle’s most prolific DJs and his self-released singles “Why?” and “Pool Party” were each named “Song of the Day” by KEXP) or even his home (his TikTok clip showing how he turned his pad into a Marvel movie was liked by over 2.6 million people after actor Mark Ruffalo shared it).