Forget the Oscars. The real who's who is the list of 278 people and organizations nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize—a record number of candidates.
The Nobel selection committee met for the first time March 4 to narrow their prospects. They have their work cut out for them before revealing the winner of the $1.24 million award on Oct. 10 in Oslo, Norway.
Each year, the Peace Research Institute Oslo creates its own shortlist for the prize. Among 2014's prospects are Russian President Vladimir Putin, master leaker Edward Snowden, Pope Francis, Chelsea Manning (the former Bradley Manning who leaked U.S. military documents), Uruguay President Jose Mujica, the International Space Station Partnership and 16-year-old Malala Yousafazi, the young Pakistani girl who survived a Taliban assassination attempt only to become a global advocate for education opportunities and human rights.
Last year, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons won the Nobel Peace Prize. This year, 47 organizations are nominated