mark zuckerberg, facebook, life sciences

Holy shit, science geeks. Mark Zuckerberg made a science awards show just for you.

Did you catch the inaugural broadcast on the Science Channel last night of Hollywood’s nerdiest night? Probably not. But as it turns out, the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences was a star-studded affair. Kevin Spacey did the honors as host and there were guest appearances by some of Hollywood’s elite: Conan O’Brien, Robe Lowe, Glenn Close, Michael C. Hall, and even a special performance by Lana Del Rey. Each of the six winners receives a $3 million grant to further their research aimed at curing terminal illnesses.

Yes, $3 million.

We couldn’t believe it either. But a bunch of rich people with so much money they couldn’t even piss it away if they tried have gotten together to create a new kind of award show. Hollywood is in the thick of award show season, but this one honors the brilliant minds that don’t have their own reality TV show or take their lap dog spray tanning.

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The big names behind the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences include Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan of Facebook; Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google; Art Levinson, CEO of Calico; Yuri Milner the Russian entrepreneur and venture capitalist; and Anna Wojcicki, co-founder and CEO of DNA ancestry service, 23andMe.

It certainly wasn’t the most refined night, and at some points, it was just downright awkward. Zuckerberg and Milner took the stage to present the final award. Zuckerberg struggled to read the teleprompter naturally for what felt like an eternity, but with heart almost as big as his wallet, we can forgive.

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