The cheers on the red carpet were deafening as around 500 fans and 270 reporters tried to catch a glimpse of the German and international celebrities entering the Theater am Potsdamer Platz on 16 November. The 69th Bambi ceremony in Berlin was attended by Hollywood stars such as Hugh Jackman and Arnold Schwarzenegger, entertainers including Helene Fischer, legends like Tom Jones, sporting greats such as Wladimir Klitschko and fashion icons like Claudia Schiffer, who were all honoured with a Bambi award this year. Over 1000 guests and millions of home viewers watched live as the Bambi, Germany’s most important media award, was presented with performances from artists such as Rita Ora and Grammy/Oscar winner Sam Smith.
Heartbreaks and Heroes
Bambi always attracts dream men, and the first award winner left quite a few hearts fluttering. Iris Berben presented Hugh Jackman with the golden deer for “Entertainment”. “Hugh is unreasonably good-looking and irresistibly charming. He also has a sense of humour, a good heart and team spirit”, said Berben in her accompanying speech. The Australian star dedicated his trophy to his mother, who taught him that “everyone deserves to be valued”, his father, who taught him that “actions speak louder than words” and his wife, who showed him that “passionate love is not a myth, but reality”.
With over 100 million records sold and a career spanning six decades, singer Tom Jones has more than earned the “Legend” Bambi. The British artist performed his biggest hit, “Sexbomb”, and remains as vibrant as ever at 77 years old.
Joachim Löw presented former boxing world champion Wladimir Klitschko with the “Sport” award for his outstanding achievements, endurance, discipline and fairness. “He’s also a world-class human being”, said Löw. Klitschko reminded the audience that success is not a solo endeavour, thanking his brother Vitali and his family for their support.
The winner of the “Our earth” Bambi – Arnold Schwarzenegger – also packed a punch, and was rewarded with a standing ovation. Through his organisation “R20 – Regions of Climate Action”, the former action star and Governor of California fights climate change and boldly battles the policies of US President Trump; on the stage, he pledged to continue this work “for the rest of his life”.
Former President of Germany and civil rights activist Joachim Gauck, who campaigned tirelessly for open-mindedness and tolerance and helped to shape global politics, was presented with the “Millennium” Bambi by Sibel Kekilli to a standing ovation. “You have always fought for victims of injustice”, said Kekilli, visibly moved. “And I dedicate this award to the 30 million people in Germany who volunteer their time to help others”, said Gauck, clearly touched by her praise.
Chinese conceptual artist and dissident Ai Weiwei – who selflessly fights for human rights and against oppression and censorship in his films, images, books and installations – received the Bambi for “Courage” from Sigmar Gabriel, German Minister for Foreign Affairs. “With great courage, Ai Weiwei opposes all obstacles to freedom and justice”, said Gabriel. “If we lose this courage, we lose everything. Believe in courage and in humanity”, Ai Weiwei reminded the audience.
Powerful women and caring angels
Entertainer Helene Fischer wowed the audience with a spectacular rendition of her hit “Achterbahn” before receiving her third Bambi award, this year presented by Sam Smith, for “German music”. “An artist is only ever as good as their team”, she said, thanking her partner Florian Silbereisen: “Thank you, my darling, for your love, and for being my home.”
Fashion icon Claudia Schiffer was thrilled to receive this year’s “Fashion” award from Nico Rosberg. “La Schiffer”, described by Rosberg as “one of the most beautiful women in the world”, received the accolade for 30 years of exceptional contributions to the fashion industry. “I am proof that you can make your dreams come true if you take a risk, work hard, stay reliable and never stop believing in your dreams”, she said.
For nurse Waltraud Hubert, who was guided onto the stage by Florian Silbereisen to a standing ovation, this was the first Bambi of her entire life. She received the “Unsung heroes” award for her work in the child dementia clinic at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE). Many audience members had tears in their eyes as she spoke about the fortunes of terminally ill children. “We cannot cure the children, but we can improve their quality of life.”
The most excited winners were Indonesian schoolgirls Melati and Isabel Wijsen, who were presented with the “Our earth” award by Maria Furtwängler. The sisters set up the “Bye Bye Plastic Bags” environmental protection project, and are determined to fight the pollution caused by waste disposal on Bali. “We want to thank our mother, who’s in the audience, our father, who’s streaming the show live, and our ‘Green School’ for believing in us”, said the girls with pride and confidence.
Bambi, Germany’s most important media award, recognises major stars and everyday heroes, and is always delighted to roll out the red carpet for these wonderful people. Throughout the year, they have all achieved something extraordinary, helped others, entertained us and moved us.
Winners and Presenters Bambi 2017
Entertainment: Hugh Jackman (speech by Iris Berben)
German film: “Willkommen bei den Hartmanns” (speech by Ann-Kathrin Kramer and Harald Krassnitzer)
Our earth: Arnold Schwarzenegger (Steffen Seibert)
Our earth: Melati & Isabel Wijsen (“Bye Bye Plastic Bags”; speech by Maria Furtwängler)
Courage: Ai Weiwei (speech by Sigmar Gabriel)
German actress: Alicia von Rittberg (speech by Devid Striesow)
German actor: Heino Ferch (speech by Anna Maria Mühe)
German music: Helene Fischer (speech by Sam Smith)
Special Jury Prize: “In the Fade” (speech by Moritz Bleibtreu)
Unsung heroes: Waltraud Hubert (speech by Florian
Fashion: Claudia Schiffer (speech by Nico Rosberg) Millennium: Joachim Gauck (speech by Sibel Kekilli)
People’s choice award for “Best Presenter”: Kai Pflaume (speech by Nazan Eckes, presented by Miss Bambi)
Comedy: Monika Gruber (speech by Guido Cantz)
Sport: Wladimir Klitschko (speech by Joachim Löw)
Legend: Tom Jones (speech by Barbara Schöneberger)
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