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GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2020: John Boyega leads winners on the red carpet at the virtual ceremony 

The GQ Men Of The Year Awards returned for its 23rd year, on Thursday.

And, John Boyega, 28, channeled 007 in a sleek tux as the Icon winner joined Paul Mescal, 24, Marcus Rashford, 23, and Sir Captain Tom Moore, 100, on the red carpet at the virtual ceremony in association with Hugo Boss. 

The 2020 award winners were announced by host Jack Whitehall, 32 – who was filmed from the coliseum London – with fans watching their heroes triumph online. 

The GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2020: John Boyega, 28, channeled 007 in a sleek tux as the Icon winner led the stars on the red carpet at the virtual ceremony

Leading the winners was Star Wars actor John who won GQ’s Icon Award for using his profile to draw attention to the Black Lives Matter movement. 

John recently enthusiastically embraced the suggestion that he should become the next James Bond, as Daniel Craig bows out of the iconic role. 

The screen star admitted he would embrace the idea of becoming the new 007, after the suggestion was made by his Black Panther and Small Axe co-star Leitita Wright, 27.   

Footballer Marcus was named GQ’s Campaigner of the Year, following his successful efforts to ensure children have free school meals, and ongoing work to end child food poverty.

Campaigner: Footballer Marcus Rashford, 23, was named GQ's Campaigner of the Year, following his successful efforts to ensure children have free school meals

Campaigner: Footballer Marcus Rashford, 23, was named GQ’s Campaigner of the Year, following his successful efforts to ensure children have free school meals

Inspiration: Captain Sir Tom Moore became GQ's Inspiration of the Year, after the centenarian raised over £32 million for charity during the first coronavirus lockdown

Inspiration: Captain Sir Tom Moore became GQ’s Inspiration of the Year, after the centenarian raised over £32 million for charity during the first coronavirus lockdown

Captain Sir Tom Moore was awarded the Inspiration of the Year, after becoming GQ’s oldest ever cover star at the age of 100.

The centenarian was a beacon of light to emerge at the height of the coronavirus pandemic as he raised £32 million for the NHS and instilled a sense of togetherness and positivity in the nation.

In an interview with the magazine, Sir Tom opened up about his 20-year first marriage, his beloved late wife’s battle with dementia, and how he wants to be there for ‘lonely people in need of help’. 

Breakthrough Actor: Paul Mescal, who received the Hugo Boss Breakthrough Actor, has had a stellar year after earning critical acclaim for his role in the Normal People

Breakthrough Actor: Paul Mescal, who received the Hugo Boss Breakthrough Actor, has had a stellar year after earning critical acclaim for his role in the Normal People

Normal People star Paul Mescal, who received the Hugo Boss Breakthrough Actor, has had a stellar year after earning critical acclaim for his role in the Irish drama. 

The star previously reflected on his incredible rise to fame in an interview with GQ, explaining how he only recently decided to focus all his attention on acting.  

‘I really struggled with that decision: choosing one thing to focus on that I wouldn’t get utterly bored with,’ he explained.

‘Acting was something that I didn’t really know how to do but I could see how it would take a great deal of dedication.’

‘It was a team environment, but one with an almost hermitic lifestyle for the individual players – just going in and being totally absorbed by it. That really appealed.’   

Breakthrough Actress: Lashanna Lynch, 32, who will play the first ever female 007 in the upcoming James Bond film , received the Hugo Boss Breakthrough Actress prize

Breakthrough Actress: Lashanna Lynch, 32, who will play the first ever female 007 in the upcoming James Bond film , received the Hugo Boss Breakthrough Actress prize

Humanitarian: Paul Hutchinson received the Humanitarian Award after carrying a man to safety in the midst of a violent clash between a BLM marchers and EDL counter-protesters

Humanitarian: Paul Hutchinson received the Humanitarian Award after carrying a man to safety in the midst of a violent clash between a BLM marchers and EDL counter-protesters

Lashanna Lynch, 32, who will play the first ever female 007 in the upcoming James Bond film No Time To Die, received the Hugo Boss Breakthrough Actress prize.

Paul Hutchinson received the Humanitarian Award after gaining worldwide attention when he was pictured carrying a man to safety in the midst of a violent clash between a Black Lives Matters march and EDL counter-protesters. 

While Next In Fashion star Daniel W Fletcher received the award for Peroni Breakthrough Designer, Charlie Mackesy was honoured with award for Maddox Gallery Artist. 

TV Personality: GMB presenter Piers Morgan, 55, also made an appearance on the winner's list as he was named GQ's TV Personality Of The Year

TV Personality: GMB presenter Piers Morgan, 55, also made an appearance on the winner’s list as he was named GQ’s TV Personality Of The Year

Formula One star Lewis Hamilton was awarded with Game Changer Of The Year following his work to combat racism in his industry.

The racing champion previously said he ‘cannot stay silent’ in the face of racism as he discussed why he takes the knee on the race track. 

Saying he wanted to fight racism to change the experiences of younger generations, he told GQ: ‘I started experiencing racism when I was five and people looked upon it so lightly, when someone would throw out these words, the bullying and the beatings and the intimidation.

‘My dad always said, ‘Do your talking on the track,’ so I held my tongue, but we suppress a lot of things and all my suppressed emotions came up and I was like, ‘You know what? I have to do something. I cannot stay silent.’ 

Solo Artist: Canadian pop singer Shawn Mendes, 22 received the award for Solo Artist

Solo Artist: Canadian pop singer Shawn Mendes, 22 received the award for Solo Artist

‘If we all stay silent, it will continue for generations. I look at my niece and nephew and do not want them to experience what I experienced.’

In July, Lewis took the knee before the Austrian Grand Prix, and described it as an emotional and poignant chapter in his battle to make Formula One a more inclusive sport

Piers Morgan, 55, also made an appearance on the winner’s list as he was named GQ’s TV Personality Of The Year, having continued to present Good Morning Britain while the UK was gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Designer: Next In Fashion star Daniel W Fletcher was named Peroni Breakthrough Designer

Designer: Next In Fashion star Daniel W Fletcher was named Peroni Breakthrough Designer 

Creative Icon: Michaela Coel, 33, who created and starred in the critically acclaimed series I May Destroy You, was presented with the award for Creative Icon of the year

Creative Icon: Michaela Coel, 33, who created and starred in the critically acclaimed series I May Destroy You, was presented with the award for Creative Icon of the year

Canadian pop singer Shawn Mendes, 22 received the award for Solo Artist, while Ozzy Osbourne, 71, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award after decades in the music industry.

Michaela Coel, 33, who created and starred in the critically acclaimed series I May Destroy You, was presented with the award for Creative Icon of the year.

The actress was praised for her penning a series which reflected her own experience being sexually assaulted, and had already been named as one of Time’s Most Influential People Of The Year.   

Artist: Charlie Mackesy won the Maddox Gallery Artist award

Artist: Charlie Mackesy won the Maddox Gallery Artist award

All of the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2020 winners have been interviewed and filmed by the publication, with creative production by Ridley Scott Creative Group’s Black Dog Films.

The full ceremony is now available to view via British GQ’s YouTube channel and the full list of winners can be found here: www.gq-magazine.co.uk/culture/article/gq-awards-2020-winners

Urbane, upscale, bold and always stylish, GQ’s status as a byword for men’s style is unparalleled.

GQ has one of the most energetic, comprehensive 360 publishing platforms in the UK and is known for the highest standards in feature writing and photography. 

The host! The 2020 award winners were announced by host Jack Whitehall, 32 - who was filmed from the coliseum London - with fans watching their heroes triumph online

The host! The 2020 award winners were announced by host Jack Whitehall, 32 – who was filmed from the coliseum London – with fans watching their heroes triumph online


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