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Oscar Awards: 87th Academy Awards

The 87th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) was held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

The Academy Awards (commonly referred as Oscars) were presented in twenty four categories.  They are

  • Best Picture- Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).
  • Best Actor- Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything).
  • Best Actress- Julianne Moore (Still Alice).
  • Best Supporting Actor- J. K. Simmons (Whiplash).
  • Best Supporting Actress- Patricia Arquette (Boyhood).
  • Best Director- Alejandro G. Iñárritu for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).
  • Best Original Screenplay- Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).
  • Best Adapted Screenplay- The Imitation Game.
  • Best Original Song- Glory (Selma).
  • Best Original Score- The Grand Budapest Hotel.
  • Best Production Design- The Grand Budapest Hotel.
  • Best Editing- Whiplash.
  • Best Cinematography- Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).
  • Best Sound Editing- American Sniper.
  • Best Sound Mixing- Whiplash.
  • Best Foreign Language Film- Ida (Poland).
  • Best Documentary Feature- CitizenFour.
  • Best Documentary Short Subject- Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1.
  • Best Live Action Short Film- The Phone Call.
  • Best Visual Effects- Interstellar.
  • Best Animated Feature Film- Big Hero 6.
  • Best Animated Short Film- Feast.
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling- The Grand Budapest Hotel.
  • Best Costume Design- The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Most awards: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (Both received 4 awards).

Most nominations in 87th Academy Awards- Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (both 9 nominations)

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Purnendu Dasgupta wins American Chemical Society award 2015

Purnendu Dasgupta, an Indian-American has won 2015 American Chemical Society (ACSs) Division of Analytical Chemistry J. Calvin Giddings Award.

He was awarded this award for his special contribution in the field of analytical chemistry. He will receive this award in August 2015 at ACS national conference in Boston.

About Purnendu Dasgupta

  • At Present, Dasgupta is a Jenkins Garrett professor of chemistry at The University of Texas at Arlington.
  • He has authored of more than 400 scientific papers and book chapters. He also holds 25 US patents. His work has earned more than USD 18 million in research grants.
  • Dasgupta research area includes: methods for environment-friendly analysis of arsenic in drinking water, rapid analysis of trace heavy metals in the atmosphere, iodine nutrition in women and infants and the role of the chemical perchlorate and the development of a NASA-funded ion chromatograph for testing extraterrestrial soil, such as on a trip to Mars.

About American Chemical Society (ACSs) Division of Analytical Chemistry J. Calvin Giddings Award

It is national award named after J. Calvin Giddings, Professor of chemistry at the University of Utah, US who was credited with the invention of field flow fractionation.

The award carries a plaque and cash prize.

It is cognises scientist, who has

  • Enhanced the professional development of analytical chemistry students.
  • Developed and published innovative experiments.
  • Designed and improved equipment or teaching labs.
  • Published influential textbooks or significant articles on teaching analytical chemistry.

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IGI Airport ranked best by Airport Council International

Airport Council International (ACI) has ranked Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport of Delhi as the world’s most performing airports in the 25-40 million passengers per annum (MPPA) category. For this achievement, IGI has won the annual ASI’s Airport Service Quality (ASQ) award for the year 2014.

This award recognises and rewards the best airports in the world based upon Geneva-based ACI’s ASQ passenger satisfaction survey.

While in this rankings, Chhatrapati Shivaji International (CSI) Airport of Mumbai was placed at Fifth position.

IGI is run by Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), a joint venture between the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and GMR Group-led consortium.

While, the CSI is run by Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), a joint venture between the AAI and GVK group-led consortium.

ASI’s Airport Service Quality (ASQ) passenger satisfaction survey

The survey rates each airport’s performance in 34 key service areas under eight major categories. These 8 categories include access, check-in, security, airport facilities, food and beverage providers etc at more than 300 airports worldwide.

All participating airports use the same survey questions, creating an industry standard set of responses that allows participants them analyse their performance.

The results of the survey also allow airports to track and analyse their performance by comparing other airports around the globe.

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