The Nobel Laureates were the center of attention in Stockholm on Dec. 10, 2014, when they receive the Nobel Medal, Nobel Diploma and a document confirming the Nobel Prize amount. According to the official website, this year's awardees received their Nobel Peace Prize from the Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee in the presence of King Harald V of Norway in Oslo. Read on to learn more about Movie News Guide's (MNG) report about the 2014 Nobel Prize ceremony highlights.
The 17-year-old Pakistani Malala Yousafzai, who is also the youngest-ever Nobel prize winner, stole the spotlight at the ceremony. She shared her honor with Kailash Satyarthi is an Indian children's rights advocate and an activist against child labor. Other honorees include; French writer Patrick Modiano and scientists from the U.S., Japan, Norway and France.Here are some highlights from the two Nobel Prize award ceremonies.
The significant part is the presentation of the Nobel Lectures by the Nobel Laureates and the lectures are presented days before the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Stockholm. The winners of the Nobel Prizes in literature and sciences deliver their lectures during the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony in Oslo.
Scandinavian kings, queens, princes, and princesses have all attended this year's Nobel Prize ceremonies. The royal presence added to the prestige of the ceremony. Among the guests to attend the ceremonies in Stockholm included; New York banker Christopher O'Neill, who last year married Swedish Princess Madeleine, and her brother Prince Carl Philip who was accompanied by his fiance Sofia Hellqvist – a former reality TV star, Norway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit and her husband Crown Prince Haakon and their two children – Princess Ingrid Alexandra, 10, and Prince Sverre Magnus, 9 who are third and fourth in line to the Norwegian throne., Prince Haakon's parents, King Harald and Queen Sonja.
The royals were treated to a three-course meal consisting of red king crab, red deer spiced loin, and a wild dewberry sorbet alongside the award recipients.The Stockholm Concert Hall was decorated with 20,000 flowers, prepared by 12 florists. The flowers were colored deep red, cerise and pink, and included roses, carnations and hortensias.
“I had two options,” she said of her life after being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in her school bus more than two years ago. “One was to remain silent and wait to be killed. And the second was to speak up and then be killed. I chose the second one. I decided to speak up.” “We survived. And since that day, our voices have only grown louder,” “Let this be the last time that a child remains out of school,” she said. “And let us build a better future right here, right now,” said Malala about the rebels tried to get in the way of her, but that their bullets could not win against her strong determination.
The 60-year-old, who shared the Peace Prize with Malala started his speech with a Sanskrit shlok. Satyarthi is an electrical engineer who gave up a potential career in 1980. In his speech, he said he was infuriated when the father of a boy who was polishing shoes at the gates of the building where he started school said his son would not attend the school because “we are born to work.” “His answer made me angry. It still makes me angry. As a child I had a vision of tomorrow, a vision that the cobbler boy is sitting with me in my classroom. Now that tomorrow has become today. … Today is the time for every child to have the right to life, right to freedom, right to health, right to education, right to safety, right to dignity and right to peace,” said Satyarthi in his acceptance speech.
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The Nobel Peace Prize Concert will be hosted on Thursday by U.S. Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress and singer Queen Latifah in the Oslo Spektrum Arena on Dec. 11, 2014. This year’s performers include U.S. singer Steven Tyler, Pakistani musician Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Kahan, British singer Laura Mvula and “Girls of the World,” who will perform “I am Malala.”
And that’s it for MNG’s 2014 Nobel Prize Ceremony Highlights update. For more details coming up about the event, stay tuned here at Movie News Guide (MNG).
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