After more than two years of deliberations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has chosen the nominees for its 2016 Nobel Peace Prize, but it won’t have to wait long for the winners’ letter to the President-Elect.
“In the coming weeks, we’ll be sending you the Nobel Peace Award winners letter, which will tell you about the reasons behind our decision,” the academy said in a statement.
“The award, in recognition of your work in ending the cycle of violence and bloodshed, is also a message to you for the world, because it is a testament to the transformative power of your vision, and your ability to create the conditions for peace.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Academy and seeing you at the ceremony in 2019.”
Biden will address the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on Jan. 19, 2019, a day before the ceremony is to be held in Washington, D.C. The Academy’s decision came after more than three months of deliberation, after members of the international community raised concerns over the nomination of a Palestinian-American activist who is a founding member of the Black Lives Matter movement, who is accused of killing a police officer.
Bethany Breen, who has been at the forefront of the efforts to bring about social change in the US, was nominated for the Peace Prize.
Last year, Breen was sentenced to five years in prison for the killing of an officer in Dallas in 2015.
During her trial, Bouncy told jurors that she shot the officer because she feared for her life.
She was charged with first-degree murder in 2016, and was found guilty in April of first-year felony murder and first-time conspiracy.
In March, the Supreme Court rejected her appeal, and the case is now on appeal.
According to the academy, Brennan “has led an extraordinary and enduring effort to end the cycle” of violence against African Americans.
After the 2016 shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, a black man, and his partner, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, the academy also voted to award the Nobel peace prize to the late Malcolm X, who led a sit-in to protest police brutality against black people.
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