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22 Dec, 1978

Cleveland Critics Circle Award

TomHanks_GLTFHanks wins the Cleveland Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for his performance as Proteus in Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona. The award was his first major accomplishment as an actor.

There are not a lot of people who are willing to throw all their things in a car and drive across the country to Cleveland for no money, but I had nothing to lose. I had nothing to keep me anywhere. I thought the whole point of being 18 or 19 years old was to throw your stuff in the back of the car and go somewhere.

7 Dec, 1985

Spingarn Medal


The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People awards Cosby the  Spingarn Medal for outstanding achievement. The award was instituted in 1914 by J.E. Spingarn honoring African Americans for high achievement.

Oct 1986

Honorary degree

University of Massachusetts awards Robert Mugabe an honorary law degree. for his “exemplary devotion to social justice. University president:

[Mugabe’s] gentle firmness in the face of anger and intellectual approach to matters which inflame the emotions of others, are hallmarks of quiet integrity.

28 Jan, 1989

Golden Globe for Big

For his role in Big, Hanks wins the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy) award at the 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

23 May, 1989

Comedy Award for Big

For his role in Big, Hanks wins the award for Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) at the 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards.

25 Jan, 1993

Wins American Music Award

Jackson wins the American Music Award for International Artist Award, Favorite Album (Pop/Rock), and Favorite Single (Soul/R&B).

I’d like to thank everyone at Sony Music….and of course all my fans- I Love You.

Michael Jackson At American Music Awards 1993 - (HD 720p)


21 Mar, 1994

Academy Awards for Philadelphia

Hanks wins Best Actor at the 66th Annual Academy Awards for his role in Philadelphia, Bruce Springsteen’s musical contribution to the film, Streets of Philadelphia, wins Best Original Song.

4 Jun, 1994

MTV Movie Award for Philadelphia

TomHanksMovieAwardTom Hanks and Denzel Washington win the award for Best On-Screen Duo at the 1994 MTV Movie Awards for their partnership in Philadelphia. In the acceptence speech, Hanks promotes AIDS education.

7 Sep, 2000

Wins VMA

Aaliyah wins the VMA’s award for Best Female Video and Best Video From a Film for her song, Try Again, from the Romeo Must Die soundtrack.

This is a shock … this is a big shock.

Aaliyah accepting an award at the 2000 MTV VMAs

2 Jul, 2001

Guardian Media 100: No. 81

Highfield is placed at 81 in The Guardian’s Media 100 list of the UK’s most powerful media people.

He will be judged on modernising the corporation’s attitude to digital media and reaching a young, tech-savvy audience, which the BBC is in danger of losing.

7 Jul, 2003

Guardian Media 100: No. 25

Highfield is placed at 25 in The Guardian’s Media 100 list of the UK’s most powerful media people.

The heat is being turned up on the Beeb’s internet activities after the culture secretary, Tessa Jowell, ordered it to justify the £112m it spends each year on its online and interactive services…The Beeb’s less popular websites are facing the axe (including Crimewatch and Watchdog), while its focus on interactive TV will shift away from high-profile “events”.

12 Jul, 2004

Guardian Media 100: No. 33

Highfield is placed at 33 in The Guardian’s Media 100 list of the UK’s most powerful media people.

Highfield, perhaps the BBC’s most consummate empire builder, has spent most of the last year on the back foot. In the run-up to the government-ordered Graf report into the BBC’s new media operations, he spent a great deal of time defending the BBC’s online reputation, commissioning KMPG to rebuff accusations that unfairly distorted the marketplace.

18 Jul, 2005

Guardian Media 100: No. 23

Highfield is placed at 23 in The Guardian’s Media 100 list of the UK’s most powerful media people.

Highfield has had a much better year than last, when he was regarded as very much on the back foot after the government-ordered Graf report into the BBC’s online operations.While a string of websites have been shut as a result of Graf and the government’s green paper, Highfield’s new media department is expected to be one of the prime beneficiaries of director general Mark Thompson’s controversial plans to make annual savings of £355m.

24 Oct, 2005

No 1 in Marketing magazine’s Power 50

Highfield is awarded the top spot in Marketing magazine’s Power 50 selection. The magazine says:

The reason Highfield made number one in the Power 50 is that, so far, the BBC has not just made sense of digital but managed to drag its enormous self to the very front of its development. Highfield has led it there, while [Director General Mark] Thompson is a digital convert himself.


I wonder if it’s our place in the industry, which Tessa Jowell once described as the creative R&D for the nation. Whether we’re expected to innovate because we can, because we can take a long-term view on it or because we are funded differently; that we can be expected to take risks and try things out. And I think having the UK’s largest content web site, that’s got to be one of the reasons why we’ve got this huge role as a route to market. But I do hope it’s more the positive aspects of what we can do to help drive the industry – drive the market – than the 900lb gorilla that distorts the market…First and foremost is our audience, which is why we get the licence fee. You’ve got 16 million people (using, so we have an obligation to be there. It’s not something we can play around with any more. For me, number one is meeting these sometimes frightening audience demands, but not doing so in a way that distorts the market. Far from it. What we are trying to do is make sure that, in getting out to more and more people, we don’t end up dominating share.

17 Jul, 2006

Guardian Media 100: No. 21

Highfield is placed at 21 in The Guardian’s Media 100 list of the UK’s most powerful media people.

Ashley Highfield is among the most important technology executives working in the UK today,” said one panellist. “Yes, but talk about being in the right place at the right time,” said another. “Mark Thompson should be credited with the vision, not him.

21 Sep, 2006

Gets Key to Gainesville, Florida


Gainesville’s mayor, Pegeen Hanrahan, presents Petty and each of his band members with a key to the city and proclaims the day as “Tom Petty& the Heartbreakers Day”.

            It’s a lot nicer than the one we got in Chicago.




9 Jul, 2007

Guardian Media 100: No. 37

Highfield is placed at 37 in The Guardian’s Media 100 list of the UK’s most powerful media people.

So why has Highfield, director of future media and technology and a member of the BBC’s executive board, fallen nine places in this year’s MediaGuardian 100? Answer: the iPlayer.[T]he project has been hit by successive delays and rebrandings and has given rival broadcasters the chance to steal the march on the corporation.

5 Aug, 2007

Lifetime Achievement Award

Burton receives a Golden Lion for the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 64th Venice International Film Festival. The Festival director says:

The Golden Lion pays homage again to one of the most courageous, visionary and innovative American filmmakers who have been able to move and fascinate the widest and broadest audience, and to be always suspended between art and industry.

25 Dec, 2007

Scores 20,000 Career Points

Bryant becomes the youngest player to score 20,000 career points in NBA history as he scores 39 points in a victory against the Knicks. Bryant is 29 years and 122 days old, whereas the previous record holder Chamberlain reached the milestone at 29 years and 134 days old.

13 Jan, 2008

Golden Globes for Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street wins two Golden Globe Awards for Burton in the categories of Best Musical or Comedy Motion Picture and Best Director. Also at the ceremony, Johnny Depp wins Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy for his leading role as the Demon Barber.

7 May, 2008

Wins MVP

Bryant wins the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award. Bryant averaged 28.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.84 steals for the season while playing all 82 games despite tearing a ligament in his right pinkie in February. Bryant:

This is an award I couldn’t have won on my own. I can’t thank these guys [his teammates] enough. These are my guys, these are my brothers. Let’s get ready for tomorrow.

19 Jun, 2008

Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

US President George W. Bush presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom on June 19, 2008 to Benjamin Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon and director of pediatric surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland during ceremonies at the White House in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, recognizes exceptional meritorious service.  AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 81530484Carson is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bush at the White House. The medal is the country’s highest award for civilians. Carson:

I am humbled by President Bush’s recognition of my work. I am extremely grateful that he chose to honor me not only for my work as a neurosurgeon, but also for my efforts to improve the lives of America’s youth. I am blessed to have the opportunity to pursue both paths, which I consider equally important.

26 Sep, 2008

Living Legend award

The Library of Congress honors Bond as a Living Legend, an award that honors artists, writers, activists, filmmakers, physicians, entertainers, sports figures and public servants who have made significant contributions to America’s cultural, scientific and social heritage.

I felt flattered and honored and especially pleased to be in the company of the other awardees. By lucky coincidence, I was able to lead a chorus of Happy Birthday to fellow honoree Herbie Hancock.