For Immediate Release | Wicked Pictures and Associated Lines Receive Nearly 120 2018 AVN Awards Nominations

LOS ANGELES, CA – (November 30, 2017) – Canoga Park-based adult industry powerhouse Wicked Pictures and the lines it distributes have received nearly 120 2018 AVN Awards nominations. Nearly half of this impressive tally went to six outstanding releases: the Brad Armstrong blockbusters An Inconvenient Mistress, Ethni*City, Takers, and jessica drake is Wicked, Axel Braun’s smash hit Justice League XXX: An Axel Braun Parody, and Stormy Daniels' romantic Texas-filmed drama Unbridled. (A full list of the nominations appears below.)

These acclaimed productions are landmark achievements which took each of the studio's in-house imprints - including Wicked Comix, Wicked Passions, Wicked Showcase, Wicked Blockbuster, Wicked Feature, and Wicked All-Sex - to new heights of innovation and excellence while spotlighting the beauty, talent, intelligence and sensuality of iconic Wicked Girls Stormy Daniels, jessica drake and Asa Akira.

In addition to celebrating the studio’s formidable contract talent and diverse in-house lines, AVN gave many additional nominations to product distributed by Wicked on behalf of such international production companies as Dorcel, JoyBear Pictures and The 2018 nominations also recognized the ongoing success of the Wicked Sensual Care line of luxurious lubricants and enhancers.

Veteran contract filmmaker Brad Armstrong's timely and suspenseful relationship drama An Inconvenient Mistress tied Daniels' Unbridled as Wicked’s most acclaimed original feature, receiving such coveted nominations as Best Action/Thriller, Best Actress (jessica drake), Best Actor (Ryan Driller), Best Cinematography, Best Director-Feature, Best Editing, Best Non-Sex Performance (Carl Johnson), and Best Three-Way B/B/G (jessica drake, Michael Vegas & Ryan Driller).

His intricate urban drama Ethni*City earned Best Drama, Best Screenplay, Best Soundtrack, Best Supporting Actor (Prince Yahshua), Best Supporting Actress (Kira Noir), and Best Three-Way Sex Scene G/G/B (Chanell Heart, Yasmine de Leon & Prince Yahshua). The darkly erotic sci-fi drama Takers snared the versatile filmmaker Best Action/Thriller and Best Actor nods, as well as a nomination for Best Makeup, while the film's star, Wicked Girl Asa Akira, was recognized with a Mainstream Star of the Year nomination.

Armstrong's groundbreaking Wicked Showcase release jessica drake is Wicked earned Best All-Girl Group Sex Scene (jessica drake, Anikka Albrite, Angela White, Vicki Chase, Abella Danger & Brandy Aniston), Best Art Direction, Best Director Non-Feature, Best Marketing Campaign - Individual Project, Best Oral Sex Scene (jessica drake, Ricky Johnson, Rob Piper, Isiah Maxwell & Dirk Huge), Best Star Showcase, and, in a first for both the studio and the mainstream adult film industry, Best Transsexual Sex Scene (jessica Drake, Venus Lux, Aubrey Kate & Domino Presley).

In recognition of his many triumphs across such diverse genres, it should come as no surprise Armstrong was recognized with AVN's coveted Director of the Year nomination. And in addition to her rich and varied array of acting and sex scene nominations, writer-director-producer-host jessica drake’s renowned media profile, tireless public advocacy and many commitments to charitable causes were recognized with a Mainstream Star of the Year nom.

Parody Master Axel Braun's Justice League XXX: An Axel Braun Parody not only beat its mainstream inspiration into release by nearly two months, it emerged as Wicked's most acclaimed production of the year, receiving 13 major nominations, including Best Actress (Romi Rain), Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Director - Feature, Best Editing, Best Group Sex Scene (Romi Rain, Xander Corvus, Tyler Nixon & Giovanni Francesco), Best Makeup, Best Marketing Campaign - Individual Project, Best Parody, Best Soundtrack, Best Special Effects, Best Supporting Actor (Tyler Nixon), and Best Supporting Actress (Charlotte Stokely).

Braun received nominations in numerous other genres as well, including Best Anal Movie (Axel Braun's Big Ass Anal Movie), Best MILF Movie (Axel Braun's MILF Fest 2), Best Interracial Movie (Axel Braun's Brown Sugar), and Best Ethnic Movie (Axel Braun's Asian Connection), while the Riley Steele release Riley Goes Gonzo 2, which Braun produced for his son Rikki Braun, was nominated for Best Star Showcase and Best Three-Way Sex Scene B/B/G (Riley Steele, Toni Ribas & Mr. Pete). Rikki's debut as a feature director, Exposed, which the elder Braun both wrote and produced, earned Best Screenplay, Best Director - Feature, Best Boy/Girl Sex Scene (Katrina Jade & Seth Gamble), Best Drama, Best Non-Sex Performance (James Bartholet), Best Soundtrack, and Best Three-Way Sex Scene B/G/G (Abella Danger, Valentina Nappi & Jessy Jones).

Fittingly, the overall excellence of Braun's output for the year earned him a Director of the Year nomination. With Justice League XXX and Exposed, the 2018 AVN Awards mark the first time in adult history that a father and son are competing against each other in the Best Director - Feature category.

Triple threat writer, director and performer Stormy Daniels' incredible run included eight nominations for her big-budget feature Unbridled. The Texas-lensed romance's mentions were for Best Actor (Marcus London), Best Art Direction, Best Director - Feature, Best Drama, Best Editing, Best Marketing Campaign - Individual Project, Best Non-Sex Performance (Jay Crew), and Best Supporting Actor (Michael Vegas). Vendetta earned Daniels Best Action/Thriller, Best All-Girl Group Sex Scene (Asa Akira, Kleio Valentien & Stormy Daniels), Best Non-Sex Performance (Dick Chibbles), and Best Screenplay nominations.

Daniels' The Blonde Dahlia earned Wicked Girl Asa Akira a Best Actress nomination, as well as nods for Best Comedy and Best Screenplay, while Karma snared both Best Actor (Seth Gamble) and Best Supporting Actor (Robby Echo) noms. Ella Nova earned a Best Actress nomination for Snapshot; the film also saw Lucas Frost receiving a Best Non-Sex Performance mention, while Stormy's Wicked Passions release From The First Moment earned Damon Dice a Best Actor nod. Daniels' paranormal suspense drama From Beyond was recognized with a Best Action/Thriller nomination, and the continued excellence of Ms. Daniels' work was celebrated with a nom for Director of the Year.

A veteran AVN award winner who has been creating acclaimed Wicked features for over two decades, consummate director Jonathan Morgan’s acclaimed release Conflicted earned Best Actress (Cassidy Klein), Best Comedy, and Best Non-Sex Performance (Kyle Stone) nominations. Morgan's Crash became Wicked's fifth movie to be honored in the newly-minted Best Action/Thriller category, while the film's winsome star, Alexa Grace, snared a Best Actress nomination

International lines distributed by the studio, including Dorcel, and JoyBear Pictures, all received major nominations (please see list below), while the continued success of Wicked Sensual Care, the acclaimed creator of luxurious, cruelty-free and PETA-certified intimate products, was celebrated in the Best Lubricant Manufacturer category.

For his part, Wicked President and Owner Steve Orenstein couldn’t be more pleased with the 2018 AVN Awards nominations. “There is so much to be thankful for in these extensive and diverse nominations. In this ever-changing environment, I’m happy to see that half of all the titles we shot were nominated. I’m very proud of all of our directors and stars for continuing to keep the quality of their work at the highest level. When you add the lines we are proud to distribute – Dorcel, and Joybear Pictures – we have nominations in nearly fifty categories. We are grateful to AVN for recognizing and celebrating the consistently high-quality of the movies we produce.”

Wicked Pictures congratulates all of the talented performers, filmmakers, production crews, distribution partners, and support staff for their 2018 AVN Awards nominations. For a complete list of nominations, see below. To learn more about Wicked Pictures, please visit

About Wicked Pictures Established in Canoga Park, California on March 1st, 1993, Wicked Pictures was formed with a firm commitment to producing quality adult productions created specifically for women and couples, a decision the company has stayed true to for over twenty-three years, even when this mission has seemed at odds with prevailing economic trends. And after a health scare in 1998 led many companies to begin instituting policies of mandatory condom usage, Wicked is the only producer still safeguarding performers’ health by continuing to adhere to this policy over seventeen years later. Wicked continues to diversify and expand its commitment to couples’ intimacy through such initiatives as the romance-driven Wicked Passions label, the AVN / XBIZ award-winning franchises Wicked Comix and Wicked Fairy Tales, the award-winning educational series jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex, and the Wicked Sensual Care line of luxurious lubricants and enhancers. These forward-thinking ventures allow Wicked to explore new ground while staying true to its core vision of producing quality adult entertainment and strengthening its appeal to women and couples.


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Director of the Year Brad Armstrong Axel Braun Stormy Daniels

Mainstream Star of the Year Asa Akira jessica drake

Wicked Pictures Best Marketing Campaign – Company Image

Wicked Sensual Care Best Lubricant Manufacturer

An Inconvenient Mistress Best Action/Thriller Best Actor – Ryan Driller Best Actress – jessica drake Best Cinematography Best Director – Feature - Brad Armstrong Best Editing Best Non-Sex Performance – Carl Johnson Best Three-Way Sex Scene B/B/G

Axel Braun's Asian Connection Best Ethnic Movie

Axel Braun's Big Ass Anal Movie Best Anal Movie

Axel Braun's Brown Sugar Best Interracial Movie

Axel Braun's MILF Fest 2 Best MILF Movie

Conflicted Best Actress – Cassidy Klein Best Comedy Best Non-Sex Performance – Kyle Stone

Crash Best Action/Thriller

Ethnicity Best Drama Best Screenplay Best Soundtrack Best Supporting Actor – Prince Yashua Best Supporting Actress – Kira Noir Best Three-Way Sex Scene G/G/B

Exposed Best Boy/Girl Sex Scene - Katrina Jade and Seth Gamble Best Director – Feature – Rikki Braun Best Drama Best Non-Sex Performance – James Bartholet Best Screenplay Best Soundtrack Best Three-Way Sex Scene G/G/B

From Beyond Best Action/Thriller Best Actress – Alexa Grace

Ingenue Best Actor – Tommy Pistol Best Actress – Janice Griffith Best Director Feature – Mike Quasar Best Drama Best Screenplay Best Supporting Actress – Karlee Grey

Inner Demons Best Cinematography Best Drama Best Supporting Actress – Aaliyah Love

jessica Drake is Wicked Best All-Girl Sex Scene (jessica drake, Abella Danger, Angela White, Brandy Aniston, Vicki Chase, Annika Albrite) Best Art Direction Best Director – Non-Feature – Brad Armstrong Best Marketing Campaign – Individual Project Best Oral Sex Scene – jessica drake Best Soundtrack Best Star Showcase Best Transsexual Sex Scene

Justice League XXX: An Axel Braun Parody Best Parody Best Actress – Romi Rain Best Art Direction Best Cinematography Best Editing Best Director – Feature – Axel Braun Best Group Sex Scene - Romi Rain, Xander Corvus, Tyler Nixon & Giovanni Francesco Best Makeup Best Marketing Campaign – Individual Project Best Soundtrack Best Special Effects Best Supporting Actor – Tyler Nixon Best Supporting Actress – Charlotte Stokely

Karma Beth Actor – Seth Gamble Best Supporting Actor – Robby Echo

Riley Goes Gonzo 2 Best Star Showcase Best Three-Way Sex Scene B/B/G

Snapshot Best Actress – Ella Nova Best Non-Sex Performance – Lucas Frost

Spoiled Best Drama Best Girl/Girl Sex Scene (Abigail Mac and Olive Glass) Best Supporting Actor – Jay Smooth

Takers Best Action/Thriller Best Actor – Brad Armstrong Best Makeup

The Blonde Dahlia Best Actress – Asa Akira Best Comedy Best Screenplay

Unbridled Best Actor – Marcus London Best Art Direction Best Director – Feature – Stormy Daniels Best Drama Best Editing Best Marketing Campaign – Individual Project Best Non-Sex Performance – Jake Jacobs Best Supporting Actor – Michael Vegas

Vendetta Best Action/Thriller Best All-Girl Sex Scene Best Non-Sex Performance – Dick Chibbles Best Screenplay

Who’s Banging the Babysitter? Best Ingénue Movie



Revenge of a Daughter, Marc Dorcel/Wicked Best Cinematography Best Director - Foreign Feature, Herve Bodilis & Pascal Lucas Best Foreign Feature Best Screenplay

My Daughter-in-Law Is a Whore, Marc Dorcel/Wicked Best Director - Foreign Feature (Liselle Bailey) Best Foreign Feature Best Sex Scene in a Foreign-Shot Production, Cara St. Germain, Luke Hardy, Pascal White & Dean Van Damme

Anissa the Tenniswoman, Marc Dorcel/Wicked Best Director - Foreign Non-Feature (Frank Major) Best Sex Scene in a Foreign-Shot Production, Amirah Adara, Max Fonda & Zack

Megan Escort Deluxe, Marc Dorcel/Wicked Best Director - Foreign Non-Feature (Herve Bodilis)

The Perverse Games of a Posh Wife, Marc Dorcel/Wicked Best Foreign Feature

Dorcel Lab, Marc Dorcel Best Marketing Campaign - Individual Project

Claire Desires of Submission, Marc Dorcel/Wicked Best Sex Scene in a Foreign-Shot Production, Claire Castel, Kristof Cale, Math & Ricky Mancini

The Fighter, 21 Sextury/Marc Dorcel/Wicked Best Sex Scene in a Foreign-Shot Production, Nikita Bellucci & Renato

Megan Escort Deluxe, Marc Dorcel/Wicked Best Sex Scene in a Foreign-Shot Production, Megan Rain, Kristof Cale & Ricky Mancini Best Web Retail Store


Girls and Their Boys 29, Best Amateur/Pro-Am Movie

Lascivious Girls, Best Amateur/Pro-Am Movie

Girl Girl Sex, Best Foreign Series

Girls and Their Boys, Best Foreign Series


Sun Stroke, JoyBear/Wicked Best Foreign Feature Best Director - Foreign Feature, Jessie Black

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