For Immediate Release | The Directors' Studio: The 2014 XRCO Nominations Celebrate Wicked's Commitment to Excellence

LOS ANGELES, CA – (February 28, 2014) – The X-Rated Critics Organization (XRCO) has revealed its 2014 nominees, and industry powerhouse Wicked Pictures is pleased to announce that its gifted creative team has earned high-profile nominations for excellence in performance, craftsmanship, eroticism and media outreach. Veteran performer / director Stormy Daniels' outstanding track record has made her a triple threat in this year's nominations, with her smash hit "Divorcees" earning a well-deserved Best Feature nomination. The uniformly high quality of her work behind the camera has been recognized with a prestigious Best Director (Features) nomination, while her performing legacy is being honored with an induction into the XRCO Hall of Fame. The stylish special effects, fine performances and outstanding production values found in Brad Armstrong's "Underworld" have already earned the movie fifteen major AVN and XBIZ awards; the XRCO is acknowledging this pedigree with its highest feature honor - the Best Epic nomination. Fittingly, like Daniels, Armstrong is also a Best Director (Features) contender. Writer, director, host, "Underworld" star and sexual wellness authority jessica drake's rich and varied career is attaining new heights of influence in 2014, and the XRCO is acknowledging her peerless track record in philanthropy, education, public speaking and performance with a Mainstream Adult Media Favorite nomination. The creator of the award-winning "jessica drake's Guide to Wicked Sex" DVD series and a permanent fixture in non-adult media, Ms. drake's efforts to redefine society's perceptions of adult entertainment are earning her speaking engagements at some of the nation's top universities, while her heart for service and social justice are garnering coverage in such media outlets as CNN.com, where an illustrated essay devoted to her life on-and-off screen was heralded as the site's "the most popular photo blog of 2013." With a breakout career that continues to accrue new accolades each year, superstar performer and emerging author Asa Akira is a finalist for the XRCO's Female Performer of the Year award. It's a fitting distinction for the charismatic actress, who earned the prestigious trophy from the organization in both 2012 and 2013. Wicked Pictures is pleased to congratulate all of its 2014 nominees. The winners will be announced at an industry-only gala to be held in Hollywood April 16th, 2014. For more information, please visit www.wicked.com and www.xrco.com.