The result from the same-sex postal survey revealed yesterday was the number-one talking point at the 11th annual GQ Men of the Year Awards held last night.
As LGBTI supporters celebrated the 61.6% “yes” vote for same-sex marriage, award-winners and presenters at the awards held at The Star acknowledged it as an historical event. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (who was in attendance) was called on several times from the stage to urge the government to make change as soon as possible.
Powerful figures who are outspoken supporters of LGBTI rights like Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, comedian Joel Creasey and Olympian Ian Thorpe all spoke about what the change meant to them and the wider community. Thorpe delivered a speech about the survey outcome and his journey of coming out as a gay man, which received a standing ovation from the crowd.
The positive result is also a blessing in disguise for GQ Australia, joked its editor-in-chief and News Corp’s prestige and lifestyle director Nick Smith. “[If it had gone the other way] 25% of our readers would have left the country,” he said.
Australian actor Daniel MacPherson, who had flown in from LA for the event, hosted the evening. He has previously hosted the awards night two years ago. “They just seem to get bigger and bigger,” MacPherson said.
This was Michael Christensen’s first awards night as GQ Australia editor.
The red carpet for the award was scheduled to begin at 6pm. The proceedings began just before 7:40pm with a cabaret-style performance. The 19 awards were spread between the entrée and main course. The dessert came out before the after-party, which started just before 11pm. Paul Mac and the band provided the music during the awards ceremony.
The night was attended by international heavy-hitters like Ansel Elgort, Travis Fimmel, Amber Heard and Jon Kortajarena, as well as local guests including surfer Mick Fanning, rapper Adam Briggs, actors Asher Keddie and Elizabeth Debicki, Today’s Karl Stefanovic and Richard Wilkins, News Corp’s Nick Smith and Nicole Sheffield, Vogue Australia’s Edwina McCann, delicious.’s Kerrie McCallum, news.com.au’s Melissa Hoyer, Nova’s Fitzy and Wippa, Ten’s Angela Bishop and more.
Presented by Audi, supporting partners of the 2017 GQ Men of the Year Awards were Bvlgari, Emporio Armani Sounds, Patrón Tequila, Qantas and The Star.
11th GQ Men of the Year Awards winners
Solo Artist of the Year Flume
International Icon Jeff Goldblum
Man of Style A$AP Rocky
Woman of the Year in association with Bvlgari Amber Heard
International Sensation in association with Audi Ansel Elgort
Model of the Year Jon Kortajarena
The GQ Legacy Award in association with Bvglari Heath Ledger Scholarship
Sportsman of the Year Jeff Horn
Man of Innovation in association with Audi Hayden Cox
Business Leader of the Year in association with Audi Alan Joyce
Actor of the Year in association with QANTAS Travis Fimmel
Breakthrough Actor of the Year in association with Patrón KJ Apa
International Designer of the Year in association with Patrón Virgil Abloh
Australian Designer of the Year Lukas Vincent
Band of the Year Client Liaison
Director of the Year Taika Waititi
Creative Force in association with The Star Luke Davies
Agenda Setter in association with Patrón Adam Briggs
Social Force Hello Sunday Morning