Humanity and the humanities won the hearts of guests Friday at the presentation ceremony of the Prince of Asturias Prizes, with U.S. philosopher Martha C. Nussbaum and Spanish soccer players Iker Casillas and Xavi Hernandez among the prizewinners.
Spanish architect Rafael Moneo won the Arts award, U.S. pathologist Richard Lerner and British biologist Greg Winter shared Research, while Japanese videogame designer Shigeru Miyamoto took the prize for Communications and the Humanities.
The American writer Philip Roth, the pick of the Literature category, was unable to attend the ceremony because he is recovering from an operation.
The Red Cross and Red Crescent received the award for International Cooperation and the Spanish Food Banks Federation won for Concordance.
The awards ceremony was held as always at the Campoamor Theater in Oviedo and was presided over by Prince Felipe of Asturias and his wife, Princess Letizia.
From the royal box, Queen Sofia of Spain followed the ceremony and the prizewinners' speeches.
As the ceremony ended, Crown Prince Felipe gave a speech full of references to the consequences of Spain's economic crisis, to "the sacrifices that so many Spaniards are making" and the need for politicians to tackle "the huge task of finding an answer to the grave problems we're going through."
"These are extraordinarily complex and difficult times," the prince said, adding that "this is also a time for looking toward the future with hope and responsibility, times for working together."
The Asturias prizes, endowed with 50,000 euros ($64,000) each and with a reproduction of a sculpture by Joan Miro, are regarded as the Ibero-American world's equivalent of the Nobels. EFE