This is a compilation of the award winners available in the main collection of the library. Enjoy award winners from the Pulitzers, National Book Award, Oklahoma Book Award, the Oscars and the Tonys.
The Pulitzer Prizes
Joseph Pulitzer, a well-known and respected New York newspaper publisher from the turn of the 20th century, wrote a provision in his 1904 will for the establishment of the Pulitzer Prizes. He wanted to award and encourage excellence in American writing. Prizes have been given out since 1917 in 21 categories. Potential recipients are determined by a jury for each prize, and the list is then presented to the Pulitzer Prize Board. Majority rules in most cases, although the board can vote to not award a prize if they do not agree with the jury’s choices. Winners are announced in April by the President of Columbia University, and a luncheon is held for winners in Columbia University’s Low Library in May. Winners are given $10,000 and a certificate, except for the Public Service winner. The winner in Public Service is given a gold medal.
The Man Booker Prize
The Man Booker Prize was established in 1969, and aims to promote the finest pieces of fiction literature. This literacy prize focuses on authors of the United Kingdom. Recently the applicant pool has been expanded to the Commonwealth countries and the United States. The winner of the Man Booker Prize recieves a cash reward and a drastic increase of book sales worldwide. Winners are announced in October.
The Oklahoma Book Award
The Oklahoma Book Award was first celebrated and issued in 1989 by the Oklahoma Center for the Book. The Oklahoma Center for the Book is a nonprofit organization that was created by the Library of Congress and it was the fourth of it's kind to be created. The Oklahoma Center for the Book's mission is to promote the work of Oklahoma authors, to promote the literary heritage of the state and to encourage reading for pleasure by Oklahomans of all ages. Winners are announced in April.
The National Book Award
The National Book Foundation and the National Book Awards celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America. The award was first issued on March 16, 1950, in New York City to writers by writers. This was the first time the American literary community gathered to honor the year's best work in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The winners are announced in November.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gives out the Oscars every February. It is the premier award in motion pictures for the United States. The accademy was set up in 1927 by Louis B. Mayer and the other studio chiefs to recognize excellence in motion pictures. Members of the Academy view nominees throughout the previous year and vote for winners using ballots. The first televised Oscar ceremony to be broadcast was in 1953; now, the telecast brings in viewers by the millions from around the world.
The Tony is the ultimate prize for stage performance in the United States. The American Theatre Wing began awarding Tonys in 1947, an award named for Antoinette Perry - an actress, producer and director who led the Wing through the previous war years. The awards ceremony is held at Radio City Music Hall every June.