Special Report

Famous People Who’ve Turned Down Major Awards or Nominations

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Nigella Lawson (food writer and TV personality)
> Declined award or nomination Officer of the Order of the British Empire award
> Year: 2001
> Reason: She wasn’t saving lives and didn’t deserve it

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Banksy (artist)
> Declined award or nomination Oscar nomination for Best Documentary
> Year: 2011
> Reason: He was not allowed to wear a mask to hide his identity

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Axl Rose (rock musician)
> Declined award or nomination Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
> Year: 2012
> Reason: Bad blood between he and the other former band members

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Al Levie (teacher; labor organizer)
> Declined award or nomination Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award
> Year: 2012
> Reason: The award was being given by Republican congressman Paul Ryan

Danny Boyle (filmmaker)
> Declined award or nomination Knighthood
> Year: 2013
> Reason: He wanted his colleagues to be recognized

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