The arts prize went to film director Francis Ford Coppola, who also gave one of the evening’s keynote speeches.
“This is the real thrill of the human species, that each generation children can run faster, leap higher, play musical instruments with uncanny technical excellence and dream bigger, newer, cinematic expressions than we can’t even guess at,” he said to generous applause.
Only the winners of the Sports prize, the Gasol brothers, were not able to attend as they are currently involved in the NBA. It is the second time they have won, as the basketball stars were part of the Spanish team that won as a group in 2006. It was also the second win for the Technical and Scientific Research duo of Emmanuel Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna, for their revolutionary biotechnology work.