Racing great Hamilton, fund-raiser Captain Tom top GQ awards

Captain Tom Moore (left) won the Inspiration category, whereas Lewis Hamilton won GQ's Game Changer award. PHOTOS: REUTERS

LONDON - Britain's 100-year-old charity hero Captain Tom Moore and motor racing champion Lewis Hamilton have topped GQ magazine's Men of the Year Awards.

The men's fashion and style magazine also honoured campaigning soccer player Marcus Rashford and actress Lashana Lynch, among others, at a virtual ceremony broadcast on Thursday (Nov 26) via GQ's YouTube channel and hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall.

It named veteran singer, song writer and TV personality Ozzy Osbourne as winner of its lifetime achievement award.

Moore, a World War Two veteran, won the Inspiration category after raising £32 million (S$57 million) for Britain's health service and charities at the height of the coronavirus pandemic by walking laps of his garden.

Since his walking feat, Moore has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth, scored a No. 1 single, written a book and signed a deal to film a biopic of his life. Last month he launched a podcast series to tackle isolation among the elderly.

Hamilton, 35, the most successful grand prix racing driver of all time and the only Black driver in Formula One, won GQ's Game Changer award. He has used his platform to campaign for racial equality, diversity and environmental sustainability.

"Despite winning more races than anyone else across an impressive 14 seasons in Formula One, it's Lewis Hamilton's actions off the circuit that make him GQ's Game Changer of the Year," said Mr Dylan Jones, the magazine's editor.

Among others honoured on Thursday, Captain Marvel star Lynch was named breakthrough actress and Paul Mescal, who starred in romantic TV series Normal People, won the breakthrough actor award. British-Nigerian actor John Boyega took GQ's Icon award.

Manchester United player Rashford clinched the Campaigner award for his work in helping to tackle child hunger and homelessness in Britain.

Mr Patrick Hutchinson, a Black Lives Matter activist and personal trainer who rescued a white man during violent clashes in London in the summer, won the humanitarian award.

This was the 23rd year of the GQ Men of the Year Awards, which was organised in association with Hugo Boss.

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