Magawa, Hero Rat That Hunted Land Mines, Dies in Retirement

The African giant pouched rat sniffed out more than 100 mines and other pieces of unexploded ordnance in Cambodia over five years, winning hearts and an international award.

#apopo-anti-persoonsmijnen-ontmijnende-product-ontwikkeling, #awards-decorations-and-honors, #cambodia, #mines-explosive, #rats

Quiet Awards Season Has Hollywood Uneasy

Audiences remain reluctant to return to theaters. And the kinds of movies that used to rely on the sheen of awards to attract moviegoers now find themselves in peril.

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Petition to Rescind Tony Blair’s Knighthood Gets Hundreds of Thousands of Signatures

Nearly 15 years after he left office, the prime minister’s support for the Iraq war has not been forgiven by many in Britain.

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Amy Schneider Wins the Most Consecutive ‘Jeopardy!’ Games of Any Female Contestant

Ms. Schneider won her 21st “Jeopardy!” game in a row, bringing her total earnings to $806,000.

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In Mexico, Women Directors Take the Lead

After decades of struggling for the recognition long granted their male peers, female filmmakers in Mexico are setting the industry ablaze.

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A 6th Grader Saves the Lives of Two People on the Same Day

Davyon Johnson, 11, has been honored for his Dec. 9 interventions but says he doesn’t understand the attention he’s drawn. It was “the right thing to do,” he said.

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She Broke Japan’s Comedic Barrier Playing Drunks and Fools (Yep, Men)

Niyo Katsura has won acclaim in rakugo, a classical form of Japanese storytelling, by doing anything onstage that a man can do.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #content-type-personal-profile, #nhk-japan-broadcasting-corp, #osaka-japan, #women-and-girls

Why The Piolet D’Or is Climbing’s Biggest and Most Debated Award

Whether the Piolet D’Or, or Golden Ice Axe, alpine climbing’s biggest award, honors or encourages risk is debated in the sport.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #cerro-torre-argentina, #himalayas, #lama-david, #messner-reinhold, #mountaineering, #mountains

Meet the Beauty Queens of Al Dhafra

Camel beauty contests take center stage at a celebration of Bedouin culture, held annually in the United Arab Emirates.

#abu-dhabi-united-arab-emirates, #awards-decorations-and-honors, #beauty-contests, #bedouins, #camels, #contests-and-prizes, #travel-and-vacations

He Knows the Ballon d’Or Winner. No, He Won’t Tell.

Encrypted email servers, secret meetings, strict confidentiality: How the identity of the winner of the Ballon d’Or, soccer’s biggest individual prize, is guarded like a state secret.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #ballon-dor, #content-type-personal-profile, #france-football-magazine, #soccer

Angels’ Shohei Ohtani Wins AL MVP Award

The Angels’ two-way star inspires extreme devotion from his ardent supporters. Baseball writers concurred, unanimously giving him the A.L.’s Most Valuable Player Award.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #baseball, #los-angeles-angels-of-anaheim, #ohtani-shohei

Phillies’ Bryce Harper Wins His Second NL MVP Award

Snubbed at the All-Star Game, Harper exploded in the second half, earning his second career M.V.P. Shohei Ohtani of the Angels was unanimously named A.L. M.V.P.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #baseball, #harper-bryce-1992, #philadelphia-phillies

Randy Arozarena and Jonathan India Win Rookie of the Year Awards

Tampa Bay’s Randy Arozarena and Cincinnati’s Jonathan India stood out in a deep rookie class for both leagues.

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Lawmakers Ask Biden to Rescind Medals for Wounded Knee Massacre

Seventeen members of Congress said they believed it was within President Biden’s authority to revoke Medals of Honor “when appropriate.”

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In N.F.L. Awards Race, M.V.P. Won’t Be the Only Close Call

Bills quarterback Josh Allen and Rams receiver Cooper Kupp could prevent the Cowboys from sweeping the N.F.L. season awards.

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Behind a Top Female Name in Spanish Crime Fiction: Three Men

Carmen Mola, a novelist publishing under a pen name, seemed to shatter a glass ceiling in the world of Spanish books. But when the author’s true identity was revealed while claiming a big prize, it was a shock.

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Nearly $7 Million Awarded in First Earthshot Prizes

Costa Rica and the city of Milan were among the five winners that each received one million pounds, or nearly $1.4 million, to continue sustainability and conservation efforts during a ceremony in London.

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U.S.C. to Issue Honorary Degrees to Displaced Japanese Students

Jonathan Kaji, former president of the Asian Pacific Alumni Association at the University of Southern California, has been pushing the school to apologize for its treatment of its Nisei students since 2007.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #colleges-and-universities, #discrimination, #folt-carol-l, #japanese-americans, #jonathan-kaji, #nisei, #university-of-southern-california, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Maria Ressa is Only the 18th Woman to Win the Nobel Peace Prize in 126 Years

Past recipients include the women’s rights activist Jane Addams; the Catholic saint Mother Teresa; and the African leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #gender, #nobel-prizes, #ressa-maria, #women-and-girls

In Paris, It’s Literary Scandal Season Again

The Goncourt prize, a standard-bearer of the French novel known for its probity, has come under criticism over charges of conflict of interest after a juror voted to include her partner’s novel in a list of contenders.

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MacArthur Foundation Announces 2021 ‘Genius’ Grant Winners

This year’s 25 winners include Ibram X. Kendi, who wrote “How to Be an Antiracist,” the poet Hanif Abdurraqib and the writer and curator Nicole Fleetwood. The awards come with prestige — and $625,000.

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For a Broadway Torn by a Pandemic, a Split-Personalities Tonys

The streaming part of the ceremony actually did a better job conveying the electricity of being in a theater than the CBS special billed as “Broadway’s Back!”

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #cbs-corporation, #paramount, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #television, #theater, #tony-awards-theater-awards

What’s Better, a Prize or a Patent?

Elon Musk has put up $100 million in prize money for a way to extract carbon from the atmosphere.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #carbon-dioxide, #innovation, #internal-sub-only, #inventions-and-patents, #musk-elon, #patent-and-trademark-office-us, #united-states-economy

Mets to Retire Jerry Koosman’s Jersey

A permanent tribute to Jerry Koosman, the left-hander who helped lead the team to World Series glory, is a move in the right direction for a club that tends to step on its own feet.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #baseball, #content-type-personal-profile, #koosman-jerry, #new-york-mets, #seaver-tom

Josephine Baker to Be Honored With a Panthéon Burial

Ms. Baker will be the first Black woman to be entombed in the Panthéon in Paris, a symbolic move amid racial tensions in France.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #baker-josephine-1906-75, #black-people, #discrimination, #funerals-and-memorials, #pantheon-paris-france, #paris-france, #politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

The Harlem Hellfighters Were War Heroes. Then They Came Home to Racism.

An exceptional unit of Black soldiers who fought in World War I will receive the Congressional Gold Medal.

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What is An Olympic Gold Medal Actually Worth?

Some former Olympians have resorted to selling their medals because of financial hardships or to raise money for charity.

#auctions, #awards-decorations-and-honors, #collectors-and-collections, #copper-brass-and-bronze, #gold, #international-olympic-committee, #memorabilia-and-souvenirs, #olympic-games-2020, #rr-auction, #russell-william-felton-1934, #scp-auctions-inc, #silver

Booker Prize Longlist Is Unveiled

Rachel Cusk’s “Second Place,” Richard Powers’s “Bewilderment” and Kazuo Ishiguro’s “Klara and the Sun” are among the 13 novels nominated for one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards.

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Pulitzer-Winning Critic Wesley Morris Captured the Moment

For his piercing insights on race and culture, Wesley Morris recently received his second Pulitzer Prize. But he won over colleagues long before that.

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Black Valedictorians and the Toxic Trope of Black Exceptionalism

We should focus more on dismantling racism than congratulating the few who thrive despite it.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #black-people, #education-k-12, #race-and-ethnicity

An Iowa County Chooses to Be Named for a Black Professor, Not a Slaveowner

Johnson County selected Lulu Merle Johnson, a Black educator and historian, as its official eponym, replacing Richard Mentor Johnson, the ninth U.S. vice president.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #black-people, #colleges-and-universities, #discrimination, #graduate-schools-and-students, #historically-black-colleges-and-universities, #iowa, #iowa-city-iowa, #lulu-merle-johnson, #names-geographical, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical, #university-of-iowa, #van-buren-martin, #vice-presidents-and-vice-presidency-us, #women-and-girls

Charlotte’s LaMelo Ball Named N.B.A.’s Rookie of the Year

Ball, 19, made the Hornets one of the most exciting teams to watch during the regular season.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #ball-lamelo, #basketball, #charlotte-hornets, #edwards-anthony-2001

Two Black Students Won School Honors. Then Came the Calls for a Recount.

After two white families claimed a grade calculation error, a Mississippi school added their children as co-valedictorian and co-salutatorian, reviving questions about race and equity.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #black-people, #cleveland-miss, #education-k-12, #grading-of-students, #mississippi, #national-assn-for-the-advancement-of-colored-people, #race-and-ethnicity

Pulitzer Winners Include The New York Times and Buzzfeed News

The Pulitzer board recognized reporting on the murder of George Floyd, including a special citation for Darnella Frazier, the teenager who filmed the killing. The public service prize went to The New York Times for Covid coverage.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #buzzfeed-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #morris-wesley-1975, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #pulitzer-prizes

‘At Night All Blood Is Black’ Wins International Booker Prize

“At Night All Blood Is Black,” a novel written by David Diop and translated by Anna Moschovakis, had already received rave reviews.

#at-night-all-blood-is-black-a-novel-book, #awards-decorations-and-honors, #books-and-literature, #diop-david, #france, #man-booker-prize, #moschovakis-anna, #senegal, #world-war-i-1914-18, #writing-and-writers

Her High School Said She Ranked Third in Her Class. So She Went to Court.

A recent graduate in Alpine, Texas, who could not find an affordable lawyer represented herself in court, arguing that school officials made errors in tabulating grade-point averages.

#alpine-tex, #awards-decorations-and-honors, #decisions-and-verdicts, #education-secondary, #grading-of-students, #sullivan-dalee

Venice Honors Lina Bo Bardi With a Golden Lion in Memoriam. Finalmente, Many Say.

The multitalented 20th-century architect’s work is especially pertinent to our times, and to the theme of a pandemic biennale, its curator says.

#architecture, #awards-decorations-and-honors, #bo-bardi-lina, #brazil, #content-type-personal-profile, #golden-lion, #sao-paulo-brazil, #venice-architecture-biennale

N.B.A. Awards Picks: Why Stephen Curry Could Win M.V.P.

Denver’s Nikola Jokic separated himself early with historic play. Then Curry, who has won two Most Valuable Player Awards with Golden State, went on a historic run of his own.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #ball-lamelo, #basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #jokic-nikola-1995, #new-york-knicks

It’s the LeBron James vs. Stephen Curry Battle No One Asked For

After years of facing each other in the N.B.A. finals, James and Curry are competing just to make the playoffs. How did this happen?

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #basketball, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #playoff-games, #sports-injuries

Tina Turner and Jay-Z Lead Rock Hall of Fame’s 2021 Inductees

Foo Fighters, the Go-Go’s, Carole King and Todd Rundgren were also voted in, meaning nearly half of the 15 individuals in this year’s class are women.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #foo-fighters, #go-gos-the, #jay-z, #king-carole, #music, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #rhythm-and-blues-music, #rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-and-museum, #rundgren-todd, #turner-tina, #women-and-girls

Connor McDavid Could Score 100 Points in 56 Games

With 93 points and five games left, the Edmonton Oilers star is piling up goals and assists at a pace not seen since the days of Gretzky and Lemieux.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #draisaitl-leon-1995, #edmonton-oilers, #hockey-ice, #mcdavid-connor-1997, #national-hockey-league

Wayne Peterson, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer, Dies at 93

His Pulitzer, in 1992, came amid controversy not of his making: A three-member jury had recommended a different work.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #classical-music, #deaths-obituaries, #music, #peterson-wayne, #pulitzer-prizes

KidSuper Wants to Bring Back Warhol’s Factory

With a cult label to his name and yet no fashion background, Colm Dillane finds himself a wild-card finalist for the coveted LVMH prize.

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The Best (and Weirdest) Oscar Moments

“It felt like it was more about the human sinew that connects us.”

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China Censors Chloé Zhao’s Oscar Win

On social media, the director’s fans blurred out her name and turned images on their sides to evade the censors. “People should be celebrating,” one writer said.

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Tribes Want Medals Awarded for Wounded Knee Massacre Rescinded

Native Americans are stepping up efforts to pressure Congress to revoke Medals of Honor awarded for the killings of Sioux, including unarmed women and children, at Wounded Knee.

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The Oscars Are a Week Away, but How Many Will Watch?

TV ratings for awards shows have been in free fall, especially during the pandemic, and Hollywood doesn’t want the viewing public to toss its premier showcase into the entertainment dustbin.

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$40,000 Swindle Puts Spotlight on Literary Prize Scams

The organizers of at least five British awards received emails asking them to transfer prize money to a PayPal account. One of them paid out.

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The Israel Prize Is Meant to Unify. More Often, It’s Mired in Controversy.

This year’s rumpus involves a scientist who opposes the occupation of the West Bank.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #boycotts, #gallant-yoav, #goldreich-oded-1957, #israel, #israel-prize, #politics-and-government, #west-bank

The 6 Best Speeches of Awards Season So Far

From a pajama-clad Jodie Foster to the teary “Minari” child star Alan S. Kim, they managed to make their acceptance speeches work from home.

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