The XRCO Awards are given by the X-Rated Critics Organization. A group of writers and editors involved with the pornography industry since 1984.. The key figure in their founding was Jim Holliday. A director and critic of X-Rated films with extensive experience and great prestige within the industry. He was also a member of the AVN and XRCO halls of fame. Sadly, he died in 2004 of health complications due to his diabetes.
The members of the organization are evaluated annually to verify that they continue to actively participate in the business. They follow the current pornographic news worldwide and since 1985 they are in charge of the selection of those chosen for the event. They provide a much smaller number of awards than their counterparts, the AVN and XBIZ awards, also give access to the XRCO hall of fame.