Important Awards and Honours of 2020
1. Ezhuthachan Puraskaram
- It is the highest literary honor of the Kerala government given by the Kerala Sahitya Akademi.
- Writer Paul Zacharia has been selected for the 28th Ezhuthachan Puraskaram.
2. Lilavati Award 2020
- It is institutionalized by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
- Theme- Women’s Empowerment.
3. 2020 Booker Prize
- The 2020 Booker Prize was given by Scottish author Douglas Stuart.
- The Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world.
- The Prize is awarded annually for a single book, translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland.
4. Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace
- Noted broadcaster Sir David Attenborough to be presented with Indira Gandhi peace prize 2019.
5. Jnanpith Award
- It is given to Malayalam ‘Mahakavi’ Akkitham.
6. CogX Award
- It is given to the best-of-the-best in AI and emerging technologies across the world.
- AI enabled MyGov Corona Helpdesk bagged two awards under categories
- “Best Innovation for Covid-19 – Society” and
- “People’s Choice Covid-19 Overall Winner”,at the recently held CogX 2020.
7. Ramon Magsaysay Award
- It is Asia’s highest honour and is often regarded as the region’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize.
- This year the award was presented to none.
8. Pulitzer Prize 2020
- It was presented to three photojournalists (Yasin Dar, Mukhtar Khan, and Channi Anand) from Jammu & Kashmir.
9. Gandhi Peace Prize
- This year the award was presented to no one.
- In 2019, the award was given to David Attenborough.
10. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize
- Dr Subhadeep Chatterjee,
- Dr Vatsala Thirumalai
- Dr Jyotirmayee Dash,
- Dr Subi Jacob George
Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences
- Dr Abhijit Mukherjee
- Dr Suryendu Dutta
- Dr Amol Arvindrao Kulkarni
- Dr Kinshuk Dasgupta
- Dr UK Anandavardhanan,
- Dr Rajat Subhra Hazra
- Dr Bushra Ateeq,
- Dr Ritesh Agarwal
- Dr Rajesh Ganapathy
- Dr Surajit Dhara
11. Sahitya Academy Award
In the year 2019 the award has been given to the following:
Title & Genre
Joysree Goswami Mahanta
Ghumer Darja Thele (Essays)
Akhai Athumniphrai (Poetry)
Phukan Ch. Basumatary
Bandralta Darpan (Essays)
Om Sharma Jandriari
An Era of Darkness (Non-Fiction)
Mojma Revu Re (Essays)
Chheelate Hue Apne Ko (Potery)
Nand Kishore Acharya
Kudi Esaru (Autobiography)
Akh Yaad Akh Qayamat (Short Stories)
The Words (Potery)
Nilba A Khandekar
Jingik Oriaon Kariat (Poetry)
Kumar Manish Arvind
Achan Piranna Veedu (Poetry)
V Madhusoodanan Nair
EiAmadi Adungeigi Eethat (Novel)
L Birmangol Singh (Beryl Thanga)
Bhaswati (Short Stories)
Tarun Kanti Mishra
Antheen (Short Stories)
BareekBaat (Short Stories)
Sisirkali (Short Stories)
Kali Charan Hembram
Jeejal (Short Stories)
Bandi Narayana Swamy
Sawaneh-E-Sir Syed: Ek Bazadeed (Biography)
12. Nobel Awards
Nobel 2020 Winners
Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology
Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice
Nobel Prize in Physics
Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez
Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna
Nobel Prize in Literature
Nobel Peace Prize
World Food Programme (WFP)
Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences
Paul R. Milgrom, Robert B. Wilson
13. Saraswati Samman
- Won by Sindhi poet and writer Vasdev Mohi
- Given by KK Foundation.
14. Moortidevi Award
- Given by Bharatiya Jnanpith organisation
- Won by Malayalam author M P Veerendra Kumar
15. Bihari Puruskar
- Dr. Aidan Singh Bhati will be awarded the 29th Bihari Puraskar for his poetry collection, Aankh Heeyae Ra Hariyal Sapna.
- Given by KK Birla Foundation.
16. Vyas Saman
- Hindi author and Sahitya Akademi awardee Nasera Sharma was conferred with this award.
- Given by KK Birla Foundation
17. International Booker Prize 2020
- Won by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld for The Discomfort of Evening
18. International Press Freedom Award
- The Committee to Protect Journalists has announced that the recipients of the 2020 International Press Freedom Awards include Shahidul Alam from Bangladesh, Mohammad Mosaed from Iran, Dapo Olorunyomi from Nigeria and Svetlana Prokopyeva from Russia.
19. Von Karman Award
- Given by International Academy of Astronautics
- Will be conferred to ISRO Chairman K. Sivan.
20. UN Nelson Mandela Prize
- Given by Marianna Vardinoyannis (Greece) and Dr. Morissana Kouyate (Guinea).
21. World Food Prize
- Given to Dr. Rattan Lal
- Presented by World Food Prize Foundation
22. Pritzker Architecture Award
- Presented by Royal Institute of British Architects
- Given to Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara
23. Abel Prize
- Presented by Norwegian Academy of Science
- Given to Hillel Furstenberg and Gregory Margulis.
24. Global Goal keeper Award
- Presented by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- Given to Indian PM Narendra Modi
25. Sastra Ramanujan Award
- Presented to Adam Harper
26. Oscar Award 2020
- Best picture- Parasite
- Best actress in a leading role- Renee Zellweger - Judy
- Best actor in a leading role- Joaquin Phoenix - Joker
- Best director- Bong Joon Ho- Parasite
- Best actor in supporting role- Brad Pitt - Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
- Best actress in a supporting role- Laura Dern - Marriage Story
- Best international feature film- South Korea, Parasite
- Best adapted screenplay- Taika Waititi - Jojo Rabbit
- Best animated feature film- Toy Story 4
- Best documentary feature- Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert - American Factory
- Best documentary short subject- Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're A Girl)
- Best animated short film- Matthew A Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver - Hair Love
- Best live-action short film- Marshall Curry - The Neighbors' Window
- Best editing- Micheal McCusker and Andrew Buckland - Ford v Ferrari
- Best cinematography- Roger Deakins-1917
- Best original song- (I'm Gonna) Love Me Again from Rocketman by Elton John (Music) and Bernie Taupin (Lyrics)
- Best visual effects- Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy - 1917
- Best production design- Barbara Ling and Nancy Heigh - Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
- Best makeup and hairstyling- Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker - Bombshell
- Best costume design- Jacqueline Durran - Little Women
- Best sound mixing- Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson - 1917
- Best sound editing- Donald Sylvester - Ford v Ferrari
- Best Original score- Hildur Gudnadottir - Joker
28. Gallantry Award 2020
- Shaurya Chakra awarded to Lt. Col. Krishan Singh Rawat from the elite Special Forces, Major Anil Urs and Havildar Alok Kumar Dubey.
29. National Film Awards 2019
- Bollywood stars Ayushmann Khurrana and Vicky Kaushal were jointly awarded the best actor award for their roles in Andhadhun and Uri.
- Vicky Kaushal said it was a great honour for him to receive the award.
- Keerthy Suresh got the best actress award for her portrayal of yesteryear's star Savitri in Telugu film Mahanati.
- Gujarati movie Hellaro was awarded for the best feature film.
- Aditya Dhar was awarded the Best Director award for his debut Uri: The Surgical Strike. Andhadhun was awarded for Best Hindi film.
- Akshay Kumar-starrer Padman was awarded for the best film on social issues.
30. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2020
- Rohit Sharma (Cricket)
- Vinesh Phogat (Wrestling)
- Manika Batra (Table Tennis)
- Paralympian M Thangavelu
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