By Alexandra Jardine. Published on June 18, 2020.

Monica Lewinsky's anti-bullying PSA “The Epidemic” and Old Spice’s humorous campaign about male friendship were top honorees at the AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the Commercial this year. The winners of the show, held by the Association of Independent Commercial Producers, were presented Thursday night at a special virtual premiere.

The Monica Lewinsky spot, created by BBDO New York and directed by Cole Webley of Sanctuary, scooped the award for Advertising Excellence/Single Commercial. The film illustrates the damaging effects of cyber-bullying on a teenage girl by presenting it as a virulent epidemic (a theme that turned to be strangely prescient of 2020). It was also honored in the categories of Performance, Concept and Public Service Announcement. Monica Lewinsky was also second in the rankings of most honored clients, behind Apple, which won in five categories.

Wieden+Kennedy's Old Spice campaign “Never let a friend lose his swagger” was honored for Advertising Excellence/Campaign. The campaign, which comprised spots directed by Steve Rogers through Biscuit Filmworks and Revolver/Will O’Rourke, purports to uncover a male crisis as it shows heroes saving friends from things that keep them from enjoying “guy time.”

The most honored production company in the AICP Show was Smuggler, with five honors, followed by MJZ, O Positive and Sanctuary, which each won four nods. Pulse Films also fared well with three.

On the agency front, BBDO New York topped the list with six honors, followed by Highdive with four and 72andSunny, TBWA\Chiat\Day and Wieden+Kennedy with three each.

Actor-turned-director Olivia Wilde, represented by Anonymous Content, was named Best New Director, for HP commercial “Wake Up.”

Owing to restrictions placed on jury deliberations due to the pandemic, the AICP Awards did not name a Marketer of the Year honor for 2020. That award will return with the AICP Awards for 2021.

In addition to tonight's event, the AICP also hosted its Next and Post Awards this week. The three comprise the AICP's entire awards suite.

Across all three shows, O Positive was the most honored production company with 11 nods, while its director Jim Jenkins was most decorated director with eight wins. Cutters' Grant Gustafson was most honored editor. BBDO nabbed the most awards of any agency, while Fiat Chrysler Automobiles/Jeep was the most honored brand, with seven nods.

Ali Brown, President/Executive Producer of Prettybird, was Chairperson of the AICP Show, R/GA EVP-U.S. Chief Creative Officer Tiffany Rolfe served as Next Chair while Chris Franklin, Big Sky Edit owner and editor, was AICP Post Awards Chair. Winners of the AICP Show become a permanent collection of the Department of Film at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

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