2015 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony

The 2015 Breakthrough Prize ceremony was held on November 9, 2014 at NASA’s Hangar 1 in Mountain View, California – home of the Kepler Mission to find planets capable of supporting life. Host Seth MacFarlane was joined by actors Kate Beckinsale, Cameron Diaz, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jon Hamm and Eddie Redmayne, who presented the Breakthrough Prizes alongside Silicon Valley's Dick Costolo, Laurene Jobs, Elon Musk, Anne Wojcicki, Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerberg and Yuri Milner. During the show, Christina Aguilera performed her hit “Beautiful” before an audience that included leading figures from the worlds of technology, business, entertainment and academia. The event was produced by Vanity Fair and Don Mischer Productions. The ceremony opened with a video message from Stephen Hawking and closed with a tribute to Carl Sagan and his vision of the Pale Blue Dot. The show was broadcast on Discovery, Science and BBC World News. Watch clips from the ceremony here.