I used to think that those awards meant something, but now I understand they are completely irrelevant to science and the progress of human understanding of nature.
There is no way to make them relevant either, its purely political now. Nobel Prizes are completely centered on egos and power plays in academia. It has no bearing on anything in reality. Case in point, I have made the discovery that Earth is an ancient star older than the Sun, in as much as stellar evolution is the process of planet formation. This is easily the most important realization in the history of astronomy/astrophysics, geophysics and even the life sciences...
Will I receive the award? Not a snowball's chance in hell.
You don't have to take my word for it reader. Make a discovery yourself and try to get published in a "peer-reviewed" journal. You'll see that they are not interested in new understanding of nature. They have given up on understanding nature, all they have now is more precise measurements to make, in absentia genuine understanding of what they are actually measuring. They have already annointed themselves the Masters of the Universe and they will prove it by giving their buddies millions of dollars. (yes a Nobel Prize is $1.2 million).