Empty Auditorium, Socially Distanced Band: This is What Online Nobel Prize Ceremony Looked Like in 2020

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 Professor Anders Olsson, member of the Swedish Academy, gives a speech presenting the winner of this year's Nobel Prize in Literature during the Nobel Prize ceremony in the Golden Hall of Stockholm, Sweden, December 10, 2020. Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, a digital awards ceremony takes place at the Stockholm City Hall with no laureates present and parts of the ceremony are pre-produced. Dressing down, the 2020 Nobel winners got their awards in a broadcast aired on Thursday as, thousands of kilometres away and sitting two metres apart, musicians played classical interludes in an almost empty auditorium. Photo: Reuters
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Professor Anders Olsson, member of the Swedish Academy, gives a speech presenting the winner of this year's Nobel Prize in Literature during the Nobel Prize ceremony in the Golden Hall of Stockholm, Sweden, December 10, 2020. Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, a digital awards ceremony takes place at the Stockholm City Hall with no laureates present and parts of the ceremony are pre-produced. Dressing down, the 2020 Nobel winners got their awards in a broadcast aired on Thursday as, thousands of kilometres away and sitting two metres apart, musicians played classical interludes in an almost empty auditorium. Photo: Reuters

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 Preparations underway before the start of the Nobel Prize ceremony in the Golden Hall of Stockholm, Sweden, December 10, 2020. Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, a digital awards ceremony takes place at the Stockholm City Hall with no lauerates present, and parts of the ceremony are pre-produced. Photo: Reuters
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Preparations underway before the start of the Nobel Prize ceremony in the Golden Hall of Stockholm, Sweden, December 10, 2020. Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, a digital awards ceremony takes place at the Stockholm City Hall with no lauerates present, and parts of the ceremony are pre-produced. Photo: Reuters

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 In a disconnected ceremony at the end of a disconcerting year, Swedish television streamed the handovers from Stockholm City Hall on the day when a packed audience traditionally honours the prizewinners. “This is, indeed, a different Nobel Prize ceremony,” King Carl XVI Gustav, who usually hands out the awards, said in a message from the royal palace. Photo: Reuters
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In a disconnected ceremony at the end of a disconcerting year, Swedish television streamed the handovers from Stockholm City Hall on the day when a packed audience traditionally honours the prizewinners. “This is, indeed, a different Nobel Prize ceremony,” King Carl XVI Gustav, who usually hands out the awards, said in a message from the royal palace. Photo: Reuters

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 Some of the other winners wore suits, while physics laureate Reinhard Genzel came closet to donning the regulation white tie and tails by wearing a tuxedo. Some wore masks, others not, to accept the medal and diploma that accompanies the 10 million Swedish crown ($1.18 million) awards, established in the will of Swedish dynamite inventor and businessman Alfred Nobel. Having missed the chance to bask in the glow of public adulation during 2020, this year’s laureates have been invited to attend the 2021 festivities - COVID permitting. Photo: Reuters
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Some of the other winners wore suits, while physics laureate Reinhard Genzel came closet to donning the regulation white tie and tails by wearing a tuxedo. Some wore masks, others not, to accept the medal and diploma that accompanies the 10 million Swedish crown ($1.18 million) awards, established in the will of Swedish dynamite inventor and businessman Alfred Nobel. Having missed the chance to bask in the glow of public adulation during 2020, this year’s laureates have been invited to attend the 2021 festivities - COVID permitting. Photo: Reuters

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 Michael Houghton, joint winner of the Medicine prize along with Harvey Alter and Charles Rice for work on the Hepatitis C virus, was in his garden in California. Houghton’s attire - a comfy, zip-up sweater - was a far cry from the high fashion usually worn for the ceremony and glitzy banquet, attended by royalty and the cream of Swedish society. Photo: Reuters
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Michael Houghton, joint winner of the Medicine prize along with Harvey Alter and Charles Rice for work on the Hepatitis C virus, was in his garden in California. Houghton’s attire - a comfy, zip-up sweater - was a far cry from the high fashion usually worn for the ceremony and glitzy banquet, attended by royalty and the cream of Swedish society. Photo: Reuters

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