Germany’s prestigious Bambi awards attracted stars from home and abroad. While there was no shortage of glamor at the 64th annual award ceremony, this year’s festivities also highlighted serious social issues.
The Bambi awards honor outstanding achievement in numerous fields, including television, film, music and sports.
Canadian singer Celine Dion (pictured above) received the 2012 Bambi in the entertainment category, while the band One Direction took home the award in the pop international category.
Hollywood actress Salma Hayek turned up to the ceremony in the western German city of Düsseldorf to accept her award for her work in the international film.
In the "millennium" category, Austrian stuntman Felix Baumgartner, who broke the record for the highest-ever skydive last month, took home the prize.
Alina Levshin won for best actress in Germany for her role in the film "Kriegerin" ("Combat Girls"), while Ulrich Turkur was named as best actor for his role in the film "Rommel."
Eighty-five-year-old German entertainer Joachim Fuchsberger received the lifetime achievement award.
A more serious note
The German and international music and film stars that attended Thursday's gala shared the spotlight with two victims of acts of violence in the capital, Berlin, over the past year.
Daniel Alter, a rabbi who was attacked by a group of youths in August, received a standing ovation as he accepted the Bambi award for integration. He told the audience that he would dedicate and hand over his prize to an organization known as "Heroes," which promotes equal rights.
"Heroes" is a project in which young men "stand up against repression in the name of honor and promote equal rights and equal opportunities for men and women," Alter said.
In a similar vein, the sister of the 20-year-old victim of a violent attack by a group of other youths in the capital last month was honored.
Jonny K.'s sister, Tina K., received a prize for her work in the battle against violence among youths. She said that she intended to establish an organization to continue this work in the name of her deceased brother.
Past recipients of the Bambi for humanitarian work include former US President Bill Clinton, Muhammad Ali and Queen Rania of Jordan.
pfd/jr (dpa, AFPD)