Joanna Angel gets set for the adult movie oscars

The BurningAngel boss prepares to celebrate the best of the adult industry as she hosts the AVN Awards 2016.

Joanna Angel is set to host the AVN Awards – Loaded
Burning Angel Despite running one of the most successful productions companies in the porn world Angel admits she has nerves before hosting this year’s AVN Awards. Image Photo Burning Angel

Joanna Angel will be the toast of the porn industry on January 23 when she steps up to host the 2016 AVN Awards alongside last year’s best actress winner Annika Albrite.

Veteran adult actress/director Angel says it’s an honour that most porn stars dream of.

“It’s a really big deal to be asked by the Adult Video Network,” she explains of the ceremony regarded as XXX’s version of the Oscars. “I know if it ever happens to a girl in the industry, it only really happens once. So it’s a lot of pressure.”

Despite her long career – one that’s seen Angel helped instigate the flourishing alt-porn genre – Angel tells Loaded she has pre-award nerves.

“Performing in front of all your peers is always more nerve racking than if you’re in a room full of complete strangers,” continues the 35-year-old.

“People are infatuated with the AVN Awards but they still make jokes about them”

“I’m a perfectionist, so I want to do a really good job, which means there’s loads of things I’m nervous about.”

Despite these nerves, Angel is defiant to those who sneer at the industry she’s carved such an illustrious career in.

Joanna Angel is up for a number of awards at this year’s AVN Awards – Loaded
Outrageous sex Angel has won a number of gongs at the AVN Awards in the past, including her first for Most Outrageous Sex Scene with male performer Tommy Pistol. Image Photo Burning Angel

“A lot of people are infatuated with the AVN Awards,” she says. “They think they’re cool and interesting, but they still make a lot of jokes about them.

“The media see it as a source of humour, but they don’t understand how much it means to people in the industry. I’m not sure they ever will. But that’s fine, I don’t give a shit. This is a night for people in the porn world, and most of us don’t really care what everybody else thinks.

“When I see a girl accepting an award for best anal scene I’m proud of her. Or I’m upset with myself that I didn’t win it! But I see it as a serious thing.

“When I see a girl accepting an award for best anal scene I’m proud of her”

“This year is definitely going to be different to my usual awards experience, but it’s a night where everyone in the industry can make something a little more glamorous than we usually do.”

The first gong Angel won at the AVN Awards was for Most Outrageous Sex Scene with established male porn star Tommy Pistol in her 2004 hit Re-Penetrator.

Annika Albrite hosts the AVN Awards 2016 alongside Joanna Angel – Loaded
Albrite on the night Annika Albrite hosts the AVN Awards 2016 alongside Joanna Angel after winning the best actress gong at last year’s event. Image Photo Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic

“It’s a parody of Re-Animator,” she explains. “In the scene, I’m a zombie and Tommy is a mad scientist. I literally fuck him to death. It’s all very over the top. That will always stick out in my memory, as it’s a really funny one to win. But every award means a lot to me.”

Angel’s production company BurningAngel is nominated for a whopping 24 gongs at the AVNs including Best Parody for Joanna Angel’s Making The Band and Best Comedy for Killler Kleavage From Outer Space, in which lasers fly from the actresses’ breasts.

Angel, who dates porn actor Small Hands, is up for nine awards herself including Mainstream Star Of The Year and Best Web Director. But she’s clear on the one that means the most to her.

“I was nominated for best group scene with my boyfriend and three other close girl friends,” Angel explains. “I’d really love to win that one. It’s very unique, as it wouldn’t just be for me, it’d be something I can share with my partner and close friends.”

The AVN Awards takes place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on January 23.

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Loaded reporter Robert McCallum has written for many leading culture magazines and websites about music, sport, science, politics, fashion and arts. Follow Robert at @therobmccallum

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