February 2019 - Awards



  • Oscars 2019: 'Green Book' surprises as Best Picture winner.  Biographical drama "Green Book" has bagged the Best Picture Oscar at the 91st Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The movie is about the story of an unlikely friendship across racial divides.

    Filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron won the Best Director award for 'Roma', the film about a housekeeper in a middle-class family in the 1970s.

    British actress Olivia Colman clinched the Oscar for the Best Actress win for "The Favourite" for her portrayal of temperamental Queen Anne.

    Rami Malek won the Best Actor for his turn as Queen Musician Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody".

    The India connect came with "Period. End of Sentence", set in a village in Uttar Pradesh's Hapur district. It walked away with Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject category. The film depicts how rural women learned to produce low-cost sanitary pads. It is produced by Guneet Monga.

    The year's best film "Green Book", about the relationship between a black musician and his white driver, is backed by Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Entertainment's Amblin Entertainment. It also won Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali and Best Original Screenplay.

    Pop diva Lady Gaga got the Best Original Song Academy Award for "Shallow" from her feature debut "A Star is Born".



  • President of India presented the Gandhi peace prize on 26th February 2019. It was presented for the years 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 at durbar hall Rastrapathi bahavan New Delhi. The awardees were :

    Vivekananda Kendra,kanya Kumari – 2015
    Akshaya patra foundation and sulabh international -2016(jointly)
    Ekal Abhiyan Trust -2017
    Sh Yohei Sasakawa -2018



  • National e-Governance Awards, 2019 will be presented in New Delhi. The awards are given every year to recognize and promote excellence in implementation of e-Governance initiatives. The awards to be presented by Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office, Dr Jitendra Singh will be given in six categories.

    The initiative seeks to disseminate knowledge on effective methods of designing and implementing sustainable e-Governance initiatives. It also recognizes initiatives in Startups, Academic Research Institutions as well as initiatives in adopting emerging technologies.



  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will confer the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prizes for Science and Technology to the awardees in New Delhi on 28 February 2019. The award will be conferred for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018. Mr. Modi will also address the gathering on the occasion.

    The Prize is named after the founder Director of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Dr. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar. The Prize is given each year to recognize outstanding Indian work in various disciplines of Science and Technology.



  • Hindi writer Chitra Mudgal among 24 honoured with Sahitya Academy Award. Renowned Hindi writer Chitra Mudgal, Dogri writer Inderjeet Kesar, Kannada writer KG Nagarajappa and Kashmiri story writer Mushtaq Ahmad Mushtaq were among 24 writers, who were honoured on 29 January, 2019 with the Sahitya Academy Award 2018.

    President of the Sahitya Academy Chandrasekhar Kambar presented these awards at a function in New Delhi. The awards were given for 24 different languages.

    The award was given to Chitra Mudgal for her book 'post box no 203 Nalla Sopara', which was based on the life of a transgender.

    Inderjeet Kesar got the award for his Dogri novel- Bhagirath based on challenges faced by human beings.

    K. G Nagarajappa bagged the award for Anushreni- Yajamanike which is a collection of Kannada essays.

    Mushtaq Ahmad Mushtaq received the award for his collection of 18 Kashmiri short stories - Aakh.


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