The 2013 GQ Awards, Royal Opera House London

September 3rd, 2013.

I've been to the GQ Man of the Year Awards twice before,  first in 2011 and again in 2012, and the first one was definitely the best, as it was the only one where whining Paparazzi didn't force the expansion of pens to force fans into the inaccessible and less visible parts of the entry. Also, at that one I photographed Charlize Theron - direct eye-contact and (I like to think) even a beaming smile.

That aside, this year, like last year wasn't all bad. Here's sort of how it went down. Sorry for the brief comments - it's pretty late where I'm sitting.

It's The List! There's some pretty decent names on it, assuming (a) they show and (b) they elect not to bypass the Red(ish) carpet and fans and cordons of hungry Paparazzi and go in via the side entrance. Sadly, a lot of these names seem to be from the world of British television, British sport and... well... Britain. Which is not my forte, even though I live here.

It's The List! There's some pretty decent names on it, assuming (a) they show and (b) they elect not to bypass the Red(ish) carpet and fans and cordons of hungry Paparazzi and go in via the side entrance. Sadly, a lot of these names seem to be from the world of British television, British sport and... well... Britain. Which is not my forte, even though I live here.

No, actually the Cross aren't over there, they're over where I'm starting, evicted by photographers with mildly better cameras than me.

No, actually the Cross aren't over there, they're over where I'm starting, evicted by photographers with mildly better cameras than me.

No idea, and Crowd Excitement level : moderate, if not slightly higher. (edited to add, with thanks to Andrew below : Roger Daltrey, from The Who)

No idea, and Crowd Excitement level : moderate, if not slightly higher. (edited to add, with thanks to Andrew below : Roger Daltrey, from The Who)

No idea, and Crowd excitement level : restrained. Still - I think he could have made for an interesting non-Henry Cavill Superman. Let's see what Ben Affleck makes of HIM. (edited to add : David Gandry, Male Model - me, three years later)

No idea, and Crowd excitement level : restrained. Still - I think he could have made for an interesting non-Henry Cavill Superman. Let's see what Ben Affleck makes of HIM. (edited to add : David Gandry, Male Model - me, three years later)

Eddie Redmayne, actor. Also occasionally singer, in "Les Miserables". ps. He ended up winning the _Alcohol Brand I'm not willing to promote_ breakthrough award.  

Eddie Redmayne, actor. Also occasionally singer, in "Les Miserables". ps. He ended up winning the _Alcohol Brand I'm not willing to promote_ breakthrough award.
 

No idea, and Crowd Excitement level : very noisy. What did I miss?

No idea, and Crowd Excitement level : very noisy. What did I miss?

No idea at point of arrival, but people were awed/excitedly saying 'Rio Ferdinand'. I guess that makes him a footballer, and not of the Rugby League / Union type.

No idea at point of arrival, but people were awed/excitedly saying 'Rio Ferdinand'. I guess that makes him a footballer, and not of the Rugby League / Union type.

No idea, and Crowd Excitement Level : barely noticeable. Excellent : I have no idea who he is. (still no idea - me, three years later)

No idea, and Crowd Excitement Level : barely noticeable. Excellent : I have no idea who he is. (still no idea - me, three years later)

Generic Crowd Excitement Level : Anticipatory (Tom Hiddleston has not yet arrived)

Generic Crowd Excitement Level : Anticipatory (Tom Hiddleston has not yet arrived)

No idea, and Crowd Excitement Level : moderate/high. He was certainly giving a lot of hugs. (I'm awful at this!) (edited to add : actor Douglas Booth? - me, three years later)

No idea, and Crowd Excitement Level : moderate/high. He was certainly giving a lot of hugs. (I'm awful at this!) (edited to add : actor Douglas Booth? - me, three years later)

Once again, no idea, and Crowd Excitement Level : high enough to make me pause and think... why don't I know who he is? (It's pretty lucky this isn't a paying job or I'd be fired... as it is I have to pay for this website myself...)

Once again, no idea, and Crowd Excitement Level : high enough to make me pause and think... why don't I know who he is? (It's pretty lucky this isn't a paying job or I'd be fired... as it is I have to pay for this website myself...)

Strap yourselves down, because I know who this is : it's Simon Pegg, Actor/Nerd. Last photographed at "Star Trek Into Darkness"

Strap yourselves down, because I know who this is : it's Simon Pegg, Actor/Nerd. Last photographed at "Star Trek Into Darkness"

Simon Pegg ended up winning the *Comedians* award with Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright.

Simon Pegg ended up winning the *Comedians* award with Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright.

Michael Douglas, actor, and though he was on the list I'd still say he was a surprising arrival/attendee. Never previously photographed.

Michael Douglas, actor, and though he was on the list I'd still say he was a surprising arrival/attendee. Never previously photographed.

Michael Douglas signs autographs. Very cool. Also, he ended up winning the *Legend* award. I'm not a fan of the titles and categories GQ bestows (refer Emma Watson, below), but I'm not going to argue with Michael Douglas.

Michael Douglas signs autographs. Very cool. Also, he ended up winning the *Legend* award. I'm not a fan of the titles and categories GQ bestows (refer Emma Watson, below), but I'm not going to argue with Michael Douglas.

Michael Douglas, actor/triumphant.

Michael Douglas, actor/triumphant.

Nick Frost, Actor. Co-Winner of a *Comedians* award with Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright

Nick Frost, Actor. Co-Winner of a *Comedians* award with Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright

"You want me to sign your copy of the game Mass Effect 2? Well... it was Martin Sheen who did the voice, but sure..."

"You want me to sign your copy of the game Mass Effect 2? Well... it was Martin Sheen who did the voice, but sure..."

Emma Watson, Actress / Kissing some dude. Last photographed at "My Week With Marylin" . She won the award for *Woman* at this year's ceremony which... wait... that's a category?

Emma Watson, Actress / Kissing some dude. Last photographed at "My Week With Marylin" . She won the award for *Woman* at this year's ceremony which... wait... that's a category?

I know he's Pharell Williams because one girl nearby was overcome with emotion, however with all due sympathy for her plight, I'm not actually sure of his sociological or anthropological importance. Shows what I know, though, he won the award for *Performer*.

I know he's Pharell Williams because one girl nearby was overcome with emotion, however with all due sympathy for her plight, I'm not actually sure of his sociological or anthropological importance. Shows what I know, though, he won the award for *Performer*.

No idea who, probably some kind of model based on the practiced indifference in the pose. Crowd Excitement Level : Distracted by the arrival of Tom Hiddleston. (edited to add : Suki Waterhouse - me, three years later)

No idea who, probably some kind of model based on the practiced indifference in the pose. Crowd Excitement Level : Distracted by the arrival of Tom Hiddleston. (edited to add : Suki Waterhouse - me, three years later)

Tom Hiddleston, best known for : being Tom Hiddleston.

Tom Hiddleston, best known for : being Tom Hiddleston.

Tom Hiddleston. Crowd Excitement Level : I should have kept the earplugs from yesterday's "RUSH world premiere"

Tom Hiddleston. Crowd Excitement Level : I should have kept the earplugs from yesterday's "RUSH world premiere"

Tom Hiddleston, actor. You may remember him from such crowd screams as "OMG THAT'S TOM HIDDLESTON!!". And if I had as much luck with women or money as I do simply photographing Tom Hiddleston regardless of vantagepoint, I'd be a millionaire and married to Charlize Theron by now.

Tom Hiddleston, actor. You may remember him from such crowd screams as "OMG THAT'S TOM HIDDLESTON!!". And if I had as much luck with women or money as I do simply photographing Tom Hiddleston regardless of vantagepoint, I'd be a millionaire and married to Charlize Theron by now.

Samuel L Jackson, actor, angry.

Samuel L Jackson, actor, angry.

Samuel L Jackson, actor, cheerful.

Samuel L Jackson, actor, cheerful.

Alexa Chung, designer (?) (I do rate the clear Chanel-themed bag she's got)

Alexa Chung, designer (?) (I do rate the clear Chanel-themed bag she's got)

Tom Hiddleston. One more because I care, but not so much that I'm not also aware somebody I'm more interested in has just arrived. .

Tom Hiddleston. One more because I care, but not so much that I'm not also aware somebody I'm more interested in has just arrived. .

Alice Eve, the kind of exceedingly pretty actress that makes you feel ugly and inadequate even though, let's face it, you're pretty invisible to her kind. Pressed for honesty, I would say she's the second-prettiest blonde I've seen in the past seven days (and no, I'm not rating Chris Hemsworth as number one)

Alice Eve, the kind of exceedingly pretty actress that makes you feel ugly and inadequate even though, let's face it, you're pretty invisible to her kind. Pressed for honesty, I would say she's the second-prettiest blonde I've seen in the past seven days (and no, I'm not rating Chris Hemsworth as number one)

Alice Eve, continuing to test my ability to hold a camera steady, as well as my resolve to wait a bit over a week before buying Star Trek Into Darkness on DVD/Bluray.

Alice Eve, continuing to test my ability to hold a camera steady, as well as my resolve to wait a bit over a week before buying Star Trek Into Darkness on DVD/Bluray.

There is a spot on my wall for this picture if I can get in enlarged and signed.... and maybe blur or obscure the crotchety cranky old man in the background. (Edited to add : he's a VERY famous photographer : David Bailey - oops!)

There is a spot on my wall for this picture if I can get in enlarged and signed.... and maybe blur or obscure the crotchety cranky old man in the background. (Edited to add : he's a VERY famous photographer : David Bailey - oops!)

Russell Brand, actor/comedian/lothario, actually rather talented singer.... and possibly the worst person in the world for me to have around if I'm trying to impress Alice Eve.

Russell Brand, actor/comedian/lothario, actually rather talented singer.... and possibly the worst person in the world for me to have around if I'm trying to impress Alice Eve.

Rita Ora, singer, conveniently distracts Russell Brand for me!

Rita Ora, singer, conveniently distracts Russell Brand for me!

Russell Brand... sadly not easily distracted. I haven't previously photographed him, either. And he ended up winning the *Oracle* Award. I'm not sure exactly what that's for, so I won't be arguing against him receiving it.

Russell Brand... sadly not easily distracted. I haven't previously photographed him, either. And he ended up winning the *Oracle* Award. I'm not sure exactly what that's for, so I won't be arguing against him receiving it.

Russell Brand... actually possibly easily distracted.

Russell Brand... actually possibly easily distracted.

Danny Wallace, writer/ columnist, he wrote "Yes Man"

Danny Wallace, writer/ columnist, he wrote "Yes Man"

Everyone was like "It's Noel Gallagher!!" and I was like, wait - he's clean shaven, not scowling, not ripping out anyone's throat... how can you be sure? He won the award for *Icon* (not to be mistaken for other awards titled Legend, Inspiration, or Genius in GQ's wonderful lexicon of convenient adjectives)

Everyone was like "It's Noel Gallagher!!" and I was like, wait - he's clean shaven, not scowling, not ripping out anyone's throat... how can you be sure? He won the award for *Icon* (not to be mistaken for other awards titled Legend, Inspiration, or Genius in GQ's wonderful lexicon of convenient adjectives)

"Your instruments are pointedly arranged in the wrong general geographic dispersal"

"Your instruments are pointedly arranged in the wrong general geographic dispersal"

Gillian Anderson, actress. Desperate choice of angle/vantagepoint.

Gillian Anderson, actress. Desperate choice of angle/vantagepoint.

Rosie Huntington-Whitely, model/actress/Jason Statham's girlfriend. She and I shared a moment at the premiere of "Hummingbird"  and then her boyfriend and I shared a moment of clarity afterwards.

Rosie Huntington-Whitely, model/actress/Jason Statham's girlfriend. She and I shared a moment at the premiere of "Hummingbird"  and then her boyfriend and I shared a moment of clarity afterwards.

Jessie J, singer / vocal judge. This weeks' haircolour appears to be blonde.

Jessie J, singer / vocal judge. This weeks' haircolour appears to be blonde.

I didn't know the Nikon had this kind of 'ominous' filter. I also didn't know Nikons couldn't survive 80cm falls. Turns out they can't.

I didn't know the Nikon had this kind of 'ominous' filter. I also didn't know Nikons couldn't survive 80cm falls. Turns out they can't.

Nick Grimshaw, Radio1 DJ inferior to his predecessor Chris Moyles, but fairly well dressed. He won the *Radio Personality* award, so once again I am not representative of public opinion.

Nick Grimshaw, Radio1 DJ inferior to his predecessor Chris Moyles, but fairly well dressed. He won the *Radio Personality* award, so once again I am not representative of public opinion.

iPad camera and off-iPad flash unit carried by somebody else. Inelegant

iPad camera and off-iPad flash unit carried by somebody else. Inelegant

Not sure who this is. Crowd Excitement Level : High, for the dress certainly.

Not sure who this is. Crowd Excitement Level : High, for the dress certainly.

Weirdly, noticed only right near the end that there was an open and strangely lit/covered/reflective window looking into a few of the event's interview stations. The dress still rocks.

Weirdly, noticed only right near the end that there was an open and strangely lit/covered/reflective window looking into a few of the event's interview stations. The dress still rocks.

Piers Morgan, interviewer. He won an award for *TV Personality*. Call me non-representative (and even *I* have), but awards for 'personality' surely can't have that much worth attached to them?

Piers Morgan, interviewer. He won an award for *TV Personality*. Call me non-representative (and even *I* have), but awards for 'personality' surely can't have that much worth attached to them?

So... that was certainly an experience. Sadly, the Nikon appears to have failed to survive a drop from waist-height perpetrated in a crowded environment. Kind of disappointing - I guess I'll have to get that looked at. The Pentax, needless to say, is fine.

Until next time,... and sure, why not, I'll put it into the "Archive of Movie Premieres"