Kristen Stewart on 20 February 2015 won the Best Supporting Actress Award at France's Cesar Awards. She received the award for her performance in Clouds of Sils Maria. With this, she became the first American actress ever to win a trophy at France's Cesar Awards.
Previously, Julia Migenes was nominated for her performance in the film Carmen, however, she could not win the award.
The last American actor to win an award at France’s Cesar Award was Adrien Brody who won for the film The Pianist.
Meanwhile, the film Timbuktu won the highest awards in Cesar Awards. It grabbed seven awards.
About Cesar Awards
The Cesar Award is the national film award of France. It is delivered in the Nuit des César ceremony and it was first awarded in 1976.
The nominations are selected by the members of twelve categories of filmmaking professionals and supported by the French Ministry of Culture. It is an initiative from the academy for the science and technology of cinema in Paris.
The Cesar Award is considered as the highest film honour in France, the French film industry's equivalent to the Molière Award for theatre, and the Victoires de la Musique for music. In cinema, it is the French equivalent of the Academy Award in the United States.
An Indian-American Purnendu Dasgupta on 20 February 2015 was awarded with the 2015 J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education. The award is given by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Analytical Chemistry. Dasgupta, a Jenkins Garrett professor of chemistry at the University of Texas at Arlington, was awarded for his contribution in the field of analytical chemistry. He had developed an environment friendly field analyser for checking toxic arsenic levels in water. Dasgupta will receive a plaque and cash prize as an award at the ACS national conference in August 2015 in Boston. He will address the conference and participate in an awards symposium on education in analytical chemistry.
About Purnendu Dasgupta Dasgupta is an author of more than 400 scientific papers and book chapters and holds 25 US patents. His work has earned more than 18 million US dollars in research grants. His research areaincludes • 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 • The development of a NASA-funded ion chromatograph for testing extraterrestrial soil, such as on a trip to Mars
About American Chemical Society's J. Calvin Giddings Award The award is named after J. Calvin Giddings, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Utah, US. Giddings is credited with the invention of field flow fractionation.
The award recognises, a scientist, who has enhanced the professional development of analytical chemistry students, developed and published innovative experiments, designed and improved equipment or teaching labs and published influential textbooks or significant articles on teaching analytical chemistry.