Awards are presented in almost every area of achievement. The ones that

receive the most attention in newspapers and on televisions are those

given to famous film stars, writers, artists, scientists and singers.

Among the best known, Topyaps presents the 10 most influential awards.

1. Nobel Prize:

These international awards are named after Alfred Nobel, the inventor of

dynamite and were first presented in 1901. There are now six categories –

Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, Peace and Economics.
2. Academy Awards (Oscars):

These are the most famous of all film awards. The Oscars presentations

are now watched on television by more than a billion people worldwide.

The Academy Awards – also called the Oscars after the statuette that

winners receive – were first presented in 1929. Walt Disney has won the

most, a total of 20.

3. Booker Prize:

This British book prize was set up in 1968 and is awarded each year for a

novel published in the previous 12 months. It is now known as the Man

Booker Prize.
4.BAFTA Awards:

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards began in 1947.

British actress Judi Dench has won eight awards for her television and

film roles.

5. Golden Globe Awards:

These US film awards began in 1943. Julia Roberts has been nominated five

times and won three awards and Tom Hanks has won four of the six awards

for which he was nominated.

6. Cannes Film Festival:

This annual international film festival is held in Cannes in the South of

France. Its most important award is the Palme d’Or (Golden Palm), which

dates back to 1955.
7. Grammy Awards:

The US music awards have been presented since 1959. The classical awards

have been dominated by conductor Sir George Solti, who won 38 Grammys.

Stevie Wonder gained an unrivaled 22 awards for popular music, while

Beyonce won in five categories in 2003.
8. BRIT Awards:

The BRITs are popular music awards, which started in 1977. Robbie

Williams has been the most successful act by far, with 15 wins (including

four as a member of Take That).

9. MTV Video Music Awards:

The music television channel MTV established its award in 1984. Madonna

is the most successful artist, with 69 nominations and 19 wins.

10. Pulitzer Prizes:

Theses US awards are given for a range of achievements in journalism,

writing (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) and music. They are named after

publisher Joseph Pulitzer and began in 1917.

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