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Denzel Washington to host Nobel Peace Prize Concert. This year’s Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo is to be hosted by award-winning actor Denzel Washington. “I am honored to attend the Nobel Peace Prize Concert this year and participate in this historic and momentous event to help spread the message of global peace,” he said after the Nobel Institute published details this week. The show, marking the 17th edition of the traditional Nobel Peace Prize Concert, will feature names like Florence + the Machine, Herbie Hancock and Colbie Callait.

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Denzel Washington to host Nobel Peace Prize Concert

Published on Saturday, 2nd October, 2010 at 10:16 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau and Michael Sandelson   .

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo is to be hosted by award-winning actor Denzel Washington.

From the house of the Nobel Institute
From the house of the Nobel Institute
Photo: Hans A. Rosbach/Wikimedia Commons


Ambassador

“I am honored to attend the Nobel Peace Prize Concert this year and participate in this historic and momentous event to help spread the message of global peace,” he said after the Nobel Institute published details this week.

The show, marking the 17th edition of the traditional Nobel Peace Prize Concert, will feature names like Florence + the Machine, Herbie Hancock and Colbie Callait.

“We’re thrilled to have Mr. Washington join us to host this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Concert; he is the perfect ambassador for this event, which celebrates peace through music and illuminates the notable contributions of the Nobel laureate.” Geir Lundestad, Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee said.

Mr Washington continues what appears to be an annual US-Norwegian tradition. Last year’s hosts were American rapper and actor Will Smith and his actress wife Jada Pinkett Smith, honoring US President Barack Obama.

Controversial

Speculations regarding the names of the nominees have been made every year and have included such disputed names as Dr Henry Kissinger, awarded the prize in 1973.

Last year’s Nobel Laureate US President Barack Obamba, who Kissinger wrote to personally, offering his congratulations, also created heated debate.

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said at the time that the news came as a bolt from the blue.

"The Norwegian Nobel Committee has always had their unique way of surprising people, but I must say that they outdid themselves this year.”

The Norwegian papers were also divided.

This year, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has also created headlines, allegedly including Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo amongst the 237 nominees.

Xiaobo is an avid supporter of democracy who has actively opposed the communist regime in China since 1989, and sentenced to 11 years in prison.    

China has said it regards awarding the most prestigious peace prize to a dissident as an unfriendly act, according to Nobel Institute director Geir Lundestad after his meeting with China's Deputy Foreign Minister Fu Ying, earlier this summer.

However, the process of granting the Nobel Prizes has no political involvement as the winner is selected by the theNorwegian Nobel Committee, appointed by the Norwegian Parliament as required by Alfred Nobel.

“…we have all along maintained that the Nobel Committee is independent of parliament and government, and that attempts to influence neither have succeeded, nor will succeed, "Committee Member Eriksen Søreide told NRK.

Peaceful legacy

According to Nobel’s will, the annual Peace Prize goes to whomever "shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."

Former winners have included Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan, Al Gore, along with other special individuals and organizations.

The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate will be announced on October 8th and honored at the concert on December 11th at the Oslo Spektrum arena.




Published on Saturday, 2nd October, 2010 at 10:16 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: denzel, washington, nobel, peace, prize, oslo, geir, lundestad, barack, obama, henry, kissinger, liu, xiaobo, china, controversial.





  
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