JINR Director V.A. Matveev characterized Bruno Pontecorvo as an outstanding physicist and a man who made a great contribution to development of the JINR and science in general. A new laureate of the Pontecorvo prize Professor of the University of Milano E. Fiorini attended the opening ceremony:
If Bruno Pontecorvo were alive today, he undoubtedly would have received the Nobel Prize. He had a lot of ideas – the existence of different types of neutrinos and their oscillations, and these ideas came to him when only one type of neutrino was known.
Critics have commended the Battle of Algiers for its technical merits and relatively even-handed portrayal of both sides. Pontecorvo resisted any temptation to romanticise the protagonists. The atrocities committed by the FLN and the French are both portrayed. The film does not demonise anyone and the main French character, Col Mathieu, comes over in a notably sympathetic way as a charismatic and correct soldier. The film's essential fair-mindedness is perhaps its most striking and skilfull feature. It won the Grand Prize and was nominated for three including (Gillo Pontecorvo and Franco Solinas), (Gillo Pontecorvo) and . Other awards include The City of Venice Cinema Prize (1966); the International Critics Award (1966); the City of Imola Prize (1966); the Italian Silver Ribbon Prize (director, photography, producer); Ajace Prize of the Cinema d'Essai (1967); the Italian Golden Asphodel (1966); Diosa de Plata at the Acapulco Film Festival (1966); the Golden Grolla (1966); the Riccione Prize (1966); voted "Best Film of 1967" by Cuban critics in a poll sponsored by Cuban magazine Cine, and the United Churches of America Prize for 1967.