The 2018 GQ Men of the Year Awards, Tate Modern

September 5th, 2018. (follow me on facebook or twitter)

Today I had a rather unfair choice : I run a website LITERALLY called "premieres.co" and I was required to choose between a World Premiere at Westfields for 'The House With A Clock In Its Walls' ... or one of my favourite "diversionary" events on the London calendar : the GQ Men of the Year Awards. I've only missed one since 2011, I think?

Anyway.... no regrets. Here's how it went down:

It's a long carpet, it's a decent crowd, and the realities of the way it works is that you never actually know in advance who'll show up to the GQ Awards. It's fun.

It's a long carpet, it's a decent crowd, and the realities of the way it works is that you never actually know in advance who'll show up to the GQ Awards. It's fun.

<texts> :"Dear Dad... won't be home on time. I'm... erm.... studying"

<texts> :"Dear Dad... won't be home on time. I'm... erm.... studying"

&lt;texts&gt; "Dear Jennie, can't be home for dinner. Reheat leftovers. Sorry... having car troubles"

<texts> "Dear Jennie, can't be home for dinner. Reheat leftovers. Sorry... having car troubles"

Randomly noticed while waiting : woman reading Douglas Adams in German! I'd introduce myself... but I'm kinda antisocial. Also maybe some supermodels will show up to this thing, and I don't want to commit myself too early.

Randomly noticed while waiting : woman reading Douglas Adams in German! I'd introduce myself... but I'm kinda antisocial. Also maybe some supermodels will show up to this thing, and I don't want to commit myself too early.

"Damnit, I don't know who any of these people are" "That's because you're old, Bob..."

"Damnit, I don't know who any of these people are"
"That's because you're old, Bob..."

A snippet of one page of the multi-page list reveals that.... I also don't know who almost any of these people are. But... you know, it would be unfair to draw any conclusions about me from that.

A snippet of one page of the multi-page list reveals that.... I also don't know who almost any of these people are. But... you know, it would be unfair to draw any conclusions about me from that.

"You're calling it 'Marge Simpson hair'?? My hairdresser is going to want a word with you philistines. More than one word, probably"  - this is Vick Hope. Nature of fame : currently unknown.

"You're calling it 'Marge Simpson hair'?? My hairdresser is going to want a word with you philistines. More than one word, probably" - this is Vick Hope. Nature of fame : currently unknown.

"If you want to photograph my husband, remember he might be in disguise. Possibly as me, but that's probably unlikely...."  Isla Fischer is an actress who is married to Sacha Baron Cohen.

"If you want to photograph my husband, remember he might be in disguise. Possibly as me, but that's probably unlikely...." Isla Fischer is an actress who is married to Sacha Baron Cohen.

"I think I saw Sacha Baron Cohen. Also, no : I am not Sacha Baron Cohen" . Perhaps, but then again would Sacha Baron Cohen admit to that? If it's not SCB, it might be comedienne Katherine Ryan, who I last photographed at this year's    TV Baftas.

"I think I saw Sacha Baron Cohen. Also, no : I am not Sacha Baron Cohen". Perhaps, but then again would Sacha Baron Cohen admit to that? If it's not SCB, it might be comedienne Katherine Ryan, who I last photographed at this year's TV Baftas.

"I came in character as Sacha Baron Cohen. I assume nobody was expecting that"  Sacha Baron Cohen is best known for any number of character aliases, from Ali G to Borat, or    Bruno    to    The Dictator    .. or    Grimsby   .   Edited to add : he won the "Editors Special" Award on the night.

"I came in character as Sacha Baron Cohen. I assume nobody was expecting that" Sacha Baron Cohen is best known for any number of character aliases, from Ali G to Borat, or Bruno to The Dictator .. or Grimsby.
Edited to add : he won the "Editors Special" Award on the night.

"Y'all sure do like this 'Thor' guy...."  - Australia's own Chris Hemsworth is the Marvel Cinematic Universe's God of Thunder

"Y'all sure do like this 'Thor' guy...." - Australia's own Chris Hemsworth is the Marvel Cinematic Universe's God of Thunder

I've photographed Chris Hemsworth at the premieres of    Thor   ,    Thor The Dark World   ,    Avengers   ,    Avengers Age of Ultron   ... and even the car racing movie    'Rush' ..   but I'm not sure he remembers me.

I've photographed Chris Hemsworth at the premieres of Thor, Thor The Dark World, Avengers, Avengers Age of Ultron... and even the car racing movie 'Rush'.. but I'm not sure he remembers me.

"You're right... I really AM pretty!!"  - I'm not sure who she is, but I think I photographed her looking slightly less impressed at the premiere of    "The Wife"    about a month ago?  (edited to add : yes, and she's Aisling Bea)

"You're right... I really AM pretty!!" - I'm not sure who she is, but I think I photographed her looking slightly less impressed at the premiere of "The Wife" about a month ago?
(edited to add : yes, and she's Aisling Bea)

"My only regret is not wearing a black top hat and a moustache I could evilly twirl. And no I'm not saying why..."  Luke Evans is arguably best known for being in Dracula Untold (one of two movies that failed to start the Universal Dark Universe) and being Bard in    the Hobbit films   .

"My only regret is not wearing a black top hat and a moustache I could evilly twirl. And no I'm not saying why..." Luke Evans is arguably best known for being in Dracula Untold (one of two movies that failed to start the Universal Dark Universe) and being Bard in the Hobbit films.

"Planet Terror AND Grindhouse on one DVD? Okay, but I'm not signing it twice"  Rose McGowan is arguably best known for being in 112 episodes of the TV Series Charmed, as well as both chapters in the Tarantino/Rodriguez 'Grindhouse' double feature. But let's just say that's not why she's won a GQ Award on the night for   "Inspiration"

"Planet Terror AND Grindhouse on one DVD? Okay, but I'm not signing it twice" Rose McGowan is arguably best known for being in 112 episodes of the TV Series Charmed, as well as both chapters in the Tarantino/Rodriguez 'Grindhouse' double feature. But let's just say that's not why she's won a GQ Award on the night for "Inspiration"

"Okay, now I feel like I should have signed it twice..."

"Okay, now I feel like I should have signed it twice..."

I'm not sure what I'm looking at, but the photo from the Nikon confirms that I'm looking at it.   Edited to add : he's Olly Alexander and he won the "Live Act of the Year" Award, while I've won yet another award for 'cultural obliviousness'....

I'm not sure what I'm looking at, but the photo from the Nikon confirms that I'm looking at it.
Edited to add : he's Olly Alexander and he won the "Live Act of the Year" Award, while I've won yet another award for 'cultural obliviousness'....

After having previously photographed what I'm calling    an "imperfect" large scale sculpture    of him earlier this year for the 25th anniversary of the original Jurassic Park, I've now photographed him for real!   Edited to add : Jeff Goldman won the "Haig Club Icon" award on the night.

After having previously photographed what I'm calling an "imperfect" large scale sculpture of him earlier this year for the 25th anniversary of the original Jurassic Park, I've now photographed him for real!
Edited to add : Jeff Goldman won the "Haig Club Icon" award on the night.

"You remember that Independence Day sequel? May I ask why?"  - yeah, it happened. And it's still    the only time I photographed a premiere at a train station   .

"You remember that Independence Day sequel? May I ask why?" - yeah, it happened. And it's still the only time I photographed a premiere at a train station.

"I stand by the authenticity of that sculpture... but perhaps not that sequel. Or the other one. Or the OTHER other one".  There are several.

"I stand by the authenticity of that sculpture... but perhaps not that sequel. Or the other one. Or the OTHER other one". There are several.

Not sure who this is. But... you know.... diamond shaped earrings. Among other things.  (edited to add : Mary Charteris)

Not sure who this is. But... you know.... diamond shaped earrings. Among other things.
(edited to add : Mary Charteris)

"The pattern on the shirt? It's the symbol of an obscure sect dedicated to the most unimaginably horrific rituals and sacrifices. That's why I'm wearing my jacket open and standing on a red carpet in front of a whole lot of photographers. I think you'll agree it's the only rational explanation"

"The pattern on the shirt? It's the symbol of an obscure sect dedicated to the most unimaginably horrific rituals and sacrifices. That's why I'm wearing my jacket open and standing on a red carpet in front of a whole lot of photographers. I think you'll agree it's the only rational explanation"

Jeremy Irvine, former overseas ambassador for a best-selling Australian fragrance, was also in a Steven Spielberg film (   "War Horse"   )... and the more recent    "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again"

Jeremy Irvine, former overseas ambassador for a best-selling Australian fragrance, was also in a Steven Spielberg film ("War Horse")... and the more recent "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again"

"No, I didn't forget that really important shade of lipstick you asked me under no circumstances to forget. I... uh... can only assume it was stolen. Perhaps by somebody at this very event. And as long as you don't confront him about it in any way, I'm pointing my finger of blame at Jeremy Irvine. As long as you don't confront him about it, that is..."  - this is Katherine Jenkins. She's a... cellist? violinist? opera singer? I'm uncultured.... please don't hate me.

"No, I didn't forget that really important shade of lipstick you asked me under no circumstances to forget. I... uh... can only assume it was stolen. Perhaps by somebody at this very event. And as long as you don't confront him about it in any way, I'm pointing my finger of blame at Jeremy Irvine. As long as you don't confront him about it, that is..." - this is Katherine Jenkins. She's a... cellist? violinist? opera singer? I'm uncultured.... please don't hate me.

I believe this is singer John Legend - I've only ever photographed him before at another GQ Awards. Not sure right now which one.   Edited to add : he won the "Hugo Boss Most Stylish Man" Award on the night.

I believe this is singer John Legend - I've only ever photographed him before at another GQ Awards. Not sure right now which one.
Edited to add : he won the "Hugo Boss Most Stylish Man" Award on the night.

"I heartily endorse this phone I'm holding!!! Do I know the brand? Erm... no? Maybe Nokia? Do they still make phones?"  This is Katie Piper. Nature of fame unknown, but Colour of Jumpsuit should be determined pretty soon(ish).

"I heartily endorse this phone I'm holding!!! Do I know the brand? Erm... no? Maybe Nokia? Do they still make phones?" This is Katie Piper. Nature of fame unknown, but Colour of Jumpsuit should be determined pretty soon(ish).

"Stark? Never heard of him. Robb or Tony. Don't care which"  Richard Madden is best known for being Robb Stark in Game of Thrones' first three seasons. Which is possibly a spoiler as we're now waiting for Season 8 to start as I'm writing this.

"Stark? Never heard of him. Robb or Tony. Don't care which" Richard Madden is best known for being Robb Stark in Game of Thrones' first three seasons. Which is possibly a spoiler as we're now waiting for Season 8 to start as I'm writing this.

"Your fevered grasping and screams of desperation are like a soothing balm to me. Even if they're directed at other people".  I don't know who this is, but I like her attitude.

"Your fevered grasping and screams of desperation are like a soothing balm to me. Even if they're directed at other people". I don't know who this is, but I like her attitude.

"Dress formal, they said. So I did, and I am. There's a whole row of bow ties at the back of this dress. Also... don't look at the back of this dress. It's better if you just trust me on this" &nbsp;Whatever else she is famous for in what I'm calling "real life" Abbey Clancy does have an imdb entry, and it includes    "Absolutely Fabulous : The Movie"    ... one of the movies I most regret watching on the stupid grounds of "I should watch it : I was at the premiere after all"

"Dress formal, they said. So I did, and I am. There's a whole row of bow ties at the back of this dress. Also... don't look at the back of this dress. It's better if you just trust me on this" Whatever else she is famous for in what I'm calling "real life" Abbey Clancy does have an imdb entry, and it includes "Absolutely Fabulous : The Movie" ... one of the movies I most regret watching on the stupid grounds of "I should watch it : I was at the premiere after all"

"Did you just shout "Get Out"?? That's only cool if Arnie's saying it while commanding you to jump out of a helicopter"  Daniel Kaluuya was in the movie "Get Out" and, sure, I'm referencing a quote from a movie that's now almost thirty years old. What of it?   Edited to add : he won the "Actor of the Year" Award on the night.

"Did you just shout "Get Out"?? That's only cool if Arnie's saying it while commanding you to jump out of a helicopter" Daniel Kaluuya was in the movie "Get Out" and, sure, I'm referencing a quote from a movie that's now almost thirty years old. What of it?
Edited to add : he won the "Actor of the Year" Award on the night.

Donatella Versace is wearing.... a dress, I'm gonna say. I photographed her at    last year's (British) Fashion Awards   . And possibly converted that photo to black'n'white, I think.   Edited to add : she won the "Designer of the Year" award on the night.

Donatella Versace is wearing.... a dress, I'm gonna say. I photographed her at last year's (British) Fashion Awards. And possibly converted that photo to black'n'white, I think.
Edited to add : she won the "Designer of the Year" award on the night.

"I"m not short. You're just tall, and I'm distant."  it's Australia's own Kylie Minogue!

"I"m not short. You're just tall, and I'm distant." it's Australia's own Kylie Minogue!

I don't know who this is, or if he's even famous. But among a cavalcade of tuxedoes and ballgowns, I think his choice of jacket-over-denim(?)-shirt is bold and worthy of commemoration. You rock, good sir! Alternatively, perhaps he's really famous. I don't know.

I don't know who this is, or if he's even famous. But among a cavalcade of tuxedoes and ballgowns, I think his choice of jacket-over-denim(?)-shirt is bold and worthy of commemoration. You rock, good sir! Alternatively, perhaps he's really famous. I don't know.

"But the fans are over HERE!" "But the canapes are over THERE!"

"But the fans are over HERE!"
"But the canapes are over THERE!"

"Yeah, whatever, bruv. Write your life story, get it published and maybe I'll read it. Don't give tme the abbreviated version, it's just selling your own life short."  This is Piers Morgan. That's all I know.

"Yeah, whatever, bruv. Write your life story, get it published and maybe I'll read it. Don't give tme the abbreviated version, it's just selling your own life short." This is Piers Morgan. That's all I know.

"Don't mind me. Just trying to walk past Black Panther without attracting attention..."

"Don't mind me. Just trying to walk past Black Panther without attracting attention..."

"They're always so disappointed when I can't point to where Wakanda is on a map..."   - Chadwick Boseman is Black Panther in the MCU, and if London had the '  European Premiere  ' for that movie, you can rest assured I'd have photographed him there.... unless I'm still bitter about it.   Edited to add : He won the "International Man Of The Year" award on the night

"They're always so disappointed when I can't point to where Wakanda is on a map..." - Chadwick Boseman is Black Panther in the MCU, and if London had the 'European Premiere' for that movie, you can rest assured I'd have photographed him there.... unless I'm still bitter about it.
Edited to add : He won the "International Man Of The Year" award on the night

I'm not used to the scenario where a subject is so captivated by me (or my stylish/classy gold/metal LA cap) that she almost trips over her dress, but the feeling is somewhat mutual. I think Zendaya was excellent in both Spiderman : Homecoming (which didn't have a premiere) and The Greatest Showman (whose premiere I missed). But I did photograph her at    last year's Fashion Awards.

I'm not used to the scenario where a subject is so captivated by me (or my stylish/classy gold/metal LA cap) that she almost trips over her dress, but the feeling is somewhat mutual. I think Zendaya was excellent in both Spiderman : Homecoming (which didn't have a premiere) and The Greatest Showman (whose premiere I missed). But I did photograph her at last year's Fashion Awards.

Me:  "Umm.... hi to you too. We should totally catch up sometime. No, don't give me your number. If it's meant to be, we'll find each other again" . I should probably start having LESS faith in the inevitability of true love one of these days.

Me: "Umm.... hi to you too. We should totally catch up sometime. No, don't give me your number. If it's meant to be, we'll find each other again". I should probably start having LESS faith in the inevitability of true love one of these days.

"If you missed the shot, I can totally walk past again. And again. And perhaps a third time."  Kate Beckinsale will do almost anything to avoid doing selfies for the autograph dealers in the pen behind her, and I'm willing to delete this photo to assist her in this cause if required.

"If you missed the shot, I can totally walk past again. And again. And perhaps a third time." Kate Beckinsale will do almost anything to avoid doing selfies for the autograph dealers in the pen behind her, and I'm willing to delete this photo to assist her in this cause if required.

I have photographed the very pretty Gemma Chan before (for example    Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit   ) but her imdb entry is filled with roles in films I didn't know she was in, like    Fantastic Beasts   , and    Transformers The Last Knight    and The Double, and the upcoming Captain Marvel.

I have photographed the very pretty Gemma Chan before (for example Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit) but her imdb entry is filled with roles in films I didn't know she was in, like Fantastic Beasts, and Transformers The Last Knight and The Double, and the upcoming Captain Marvel.

"Guy from Duran Duran"  is all I know at this stage. I'm sorry... but if you're a fan just remember : I coulda swapped him out for another photo of Gemma Chan very easily. So I'm doing you a favour, here.

"Guy from Duran Duran" is all I know at this stage. I'm sorry... but if you're a fan just remember : I coulda swapped him out for another photo of Gemma Chan very easily. So I'm doing you a favour, here.

Rita Ora and I share a moment, and I'm concerned because I know I've photographed her before but I don't know when... and I only think she's a singer.. I don't know for sure. Even know, back at my apartment, with an internet connection and google. I just don't know.

Rita Ora and I share a moment, and I'm concerned because I know I've photographed her before but I don't know when... and I only think she's a singer.. I don't know for sure. Even know, back at my apartment, with an internet connection and google. I just don't know.

Arriving a respectful time after his on-screen brother Thor, Tom Hiddleston (better known as Loki) has elected to not wear The Hat With Horns, or shave.

Arriving a respectful time after his on-screen brother Thor, Tom Hiddleston (better known as Loki) has elected to not wear The Hat With Horns, or shave.

"I really think they wanted... nay, expected you... to wear the hat." "....." "I think you should have worn the hat"

"I really think they wanted... nay, expected you... to wear the hat."
"....."
"I think you should have worn the hat"

Arriving without boyfriend (and my own personal doppelganger) Jason Statham - it's model Rosie Huntington-Whitely. &nbsp;It's probably for the best if she doesn't see me and provide eye-contact, as it will be confusing for all concerned. Me being a doppelganger of Jason Statham, I mean.

Arriving without boyfriend (and my own personal doppelganger) Jason Statham - it's model Rosie Huntington-Whitely.  It's probably for the best if she doesn't see me and provide eye-contact, as it will be confusing for all concerned. Me being a doppelganger of Jason Statham, I mean.

"Did you really have to bring the bag?" "It's got my snacks in it" "They'll be serving food at the event, man!!" "But will it be gluten free?" "Who cares? You're not intolerant!" "But maybe I want to be. Did that ever occur to you?"

"Did you really have to bring the bag?"
"It's got my snacks in it"
"They'll be serving food at the event, man!!"
"But will it be gluten free?"
"Who cares? You're not intolerant!"
"But maybe I want to be. Did that ever occur to you?"

And when the time comes that a magician walks the carpet at the GQ Awards, it's a sign that it's time for me to disappear. (nb. he's David Blaine)

And when the time comes that a magician walks the carpet at the GQ Awards, it's a sign that it's time for me to disappear. (nb. he's David Blaine)

So... that was rather enjoyable, actually. And of course the delayed train due to some kind of unforeseen circumstances relating to a55hole companies being able to take on rail franchises they lack the competence to run meant I had plenty of time to select the photos for this journal (I took about 3500). Huzzah!

And in the mighty Archive of Premieres, it joins the GQ Journals for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017.

Until next time!

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..... and as per usual, here's who I photographed but didn't put in the journal who ended up being important (more important than... I mean... we're all important... but you know what I mean!):

Maya Jama, who co-hosted the event.

Maya Jama, who co-hosted the event.

Paul Weller, who won "Songwriter of the Year" (though it's slightly possible my camera was en route to focussing behind him.....)

Paul Weller, who won "Songwriter of the Year" (though it's slightly possible my camera was en route to focussing behind him.....)

Dua Lipa, who won "Solo Artist of the Year"

Dua Lipa, who won "Solo Artist of the Year"

Which means I'm still missing the following : Sportsman of the Year (Harry Kane... and I'm not sure he attended), Hugo Boss Breakthrough Actor (Tom Bateman), Design Legend of the Year (Ralph Lauren, who I don't believe attended), Vero Breakthrogh Solo Artist (Jorja Smith who based on light analysis of paparazzi red carpet photographs might also have arrived after I left), Lifetime Achievement (Johnny Marr, and I need to look for a guy wearing a leather jacket on the red carpet), Fashion Icon of the Year (Naomi Campbell, who I don't believe attended), Television Actor of the Year (Elisabeth Moss, who arrived after I left), and the Editor's Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to Philanthropy (Prince Charles, who I'm not sure attended).

Oops.