Which Americans won awards in 2021?

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In a free society, people can exercise their talents without government interference. In 2021, American filmmakers, physicists and vaccine researchers were among those recognized for their achievements with major awards. Here are some notable examples:

Billie Eilish (© Stefan Jeremiah / AP Images)

In March, the Recording Academy’s annual conference Grammy Awards recognized musical artists in a variety of categories. Three singers / songwriters have won some of the greatest triumphs: Beyoncé won four trophies, including best R&B performance (rhythm and blues) for her song “Black Parade”, a tribute to heritage, to pride. and black solidarity; Taylor Swift won Album of the Year for Emotionally Intimate Folk Pop Folklore; and Billie Eilish won Record of the Year for her dreamlike song “Everything I Wanted. “

Anthony Hopkins (© Alexandre Meneghini / AP Images)

the Oscars (or Oscars), presented in April by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, recognized last year’s best films and the artists who helped create them. Anthony Hopkins (born in Wales and became a US citizen in 2000) won the award for best actor for his role in The father, a sympathetic representation of dementia.

Frances McDormand won the award for Best Leading Actress for her performance in Nomadic country, the story of a woman in a van who travels for short-term jobs all over the United States (Chloe Zhao, a Chinese-born and US-based filmmaker, made Oscar history when she became the first woman of color and the first Chinese woman to win the best director for Nomadic country, a film that was censored in China.)

In June, Columbia University in New York announced the latest winners of the annual competition Pulitzer Prize for his accomplishments in American journalism. American journalist Megha Rajagopalan, BuzzFeed News correspondent (with her two BuzzFeed collaborators, British architect Alison Killing and Austrian news journalist Christo Buschek) won a Pulitzer for their presentation on a vast infrastructure of mass prisons and internment camps secretly built by the Chinese government to detain thousands of Muslims in the Xinjiang region of China.

Daniel Alarcón (© MacArthur Foundation)
Daniel Alarcón (© MacArthur Foundation)

Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation revealed 2021 winners MacArthur “Engineering Grants” (formerly known as the MacArthur Foundation Fellowships) in September. Supporting talented individuals in the arts, advocacy, history, literature and science, the award grants $ 625,000 to each recipient, without conditions. By providing the winners with financial security, the award allows them to focus on their various projects. The 2021 fellows include Jacqueline Stewart, an academic who focuses on the contributions neglected black filmmakers have made to the development of cinema; Joshua Miele, a designer who develops devices for the blind and visually impaired, such as tactile street maps; and Daniel Alarcón, writer and radio producer who chronicles the social and cultural ties that unite Spanish-speaking communities across the Americas.

In October, the Swedish Nobel Committee announced the winners of the 2021 edition Nobel prize, honoring the achievements which have bestowed the greatest benefit on mankind. Among the 13 laureates was Syukuro Manabe, an American meteorologist and climatologist trained in Japan at Princeton University who pioneered the use of computers to simulate global climate change and natural climate variations (he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2021 jointly with the German Klaus Hasselmann).

Syukuro Manabe (© Alex Brandon / AP Images)

The 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was shared by two Americans, physiologist David Julius and molecular biologist / neuroscientist Ardem Patapoutian, whose findings of temperature and touch receptors have implications for the treatment of pain chronic.

Also in October, the Sammys (formally known as the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals) were announced, honoring members of the United States Federal Government’s workforce whose work makes the United States better, safer, and stronger. The Partnership for Public Service honored two National Institutes of Health vaccine researchers, Dr Barney S. Graham and Kizzmekia S. Corbett, with the top Sammie awards for the use of genetic information on the SARS-CoV virus- 2 to design the basic structure of the Vaccines against covid-19 now used all over the world.

“Their names will be in the history books,” said Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (and himself a Sammie 2020 recipient).

Left: Dr. Barney S. Graham discusses the COVID-19 vaccine. Right: Kizzmekia S. Corbett works in a lab. (© Evan Vucci / AP Images)


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