The verb award is ditransitive, Oxford Dictionary says:
1. [with two objects]
Give or order the giving of (something) as an official payment, compensation, or prize to (someone)
‘The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civil honor our nation can bestow and we award it today to 12 outstanding individuals.’
and until very recently I would have argued that between the verb and its recipient a preposition was needed
- A striking example of this recognition is the Oscar awarded to Aleksandr Petrov for his 1999 film The Old Man and the Sea.
- Marcia Basche holds the plaque awarded posthumously to her husband, Don, in recognition of his years of service
The plaque awarded to Brother Andy Watson was skillfully crafted by Rob Paxton from a piece of oak that John Hodder had provided.
Donna Cooper of Memphis, Tennessee, also returned the Purple Heart awarded to her fallen son, Pvt. Paul Cooper, who was killed in October 1951.
But I found several instances on the Net where the I̲N̲D̲I̲R̲E̲C̲T̲ ̲O̲B̲J̲E̲C̲T̲ (the recipient) was not preceded by any preposition
Over the course of her tenure, Cain has raised more than $250,000 for the American Heart Association through the yearly fundraiser as is aptly demonstrated on the plaque awarded h̲e̲r̲ this year by the association.
The literary salons, while they mourned the death of Colette, were still chattering about the exciting first novel called Bonjour Tristesse by an eighteen-year-old girl; and about the Nobel Prize awarded E̲r̲n̲e̲s̲t̲ ̲H̲e̲m̲i̲n̲g̲w̲a̲y̲ .
Also part of the exclusive club is actor George C. Scott, who refused the Oscar awarded h̲i̲m̲ for his leading role in the 1970 film Patton because of his deeply held belief that acting should not be competitive.
followed in 1995 by the Oscar awarded Michael Radford's I̲l̲ ̲p̲o̲s̲t̲i̲n̲o̲, and, in 1997, the three statuettes won by Roberto Benigni's Life is Beautiful.
This construction sounds peculiar to me because it seems that the Direct Objects perform the action, e.g.
Q. What did the plaque do in sentence No.1?
A. It awarded Beth Cain "this year" by the association.
This sounds weird. Is it only me?
However, if we swap the position of the DIRECT OBJECT with the INDIRECT OBJECT the following sound perfectly acceptable to me
- The American Heart Foundation awarded Beth Cain the plaque...
- The Swedish Academy awarded Ernest Hemingway the Nobel Prize ...
- AMPAS awarded George C. Scott the Academy Award for Best Actor
I am quite befuddled by the second construction.
- What is this type of construction called? What's it called when the preposition is omitted?
- I'm going to presume this word order is grammatical, because I found a number of instances online, but would I be correct in saying that this construction is usually found in American English?
- Why is the preposition, to, omitted?