You’ve been voting in your thousands over the last few weeks -finally, we can reveal the results of the 2012 So So Gay Awards. Grab those leftover turkey sandwiches and read on to find out who you crowned your winners of the year…
Best TV Show
Winner – Downton Abbey
Runner up – Strictly Come Dancing
We’ve been spoilt for choice this year with quality TV programmes across all the different stations, and we still can’t get enough of the delicious reality format, but Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has clinched a win as people continue to go gaga for his period drama romp. Gay butlers, Maggie Smith’s cutting one liners and more sudden deaths than a town in Midsomer, has cemented the fictional inhabitants of Highclere Castle as your number one TV treat of the year. Tally ho!
Winner – Avengers Assemble
Runner up – The Perks of Being A Wallflower
Chris Evans in spandex? Of course the latest Marvel adaptation was going to score highly in this competition. The Avengers Assemble, which brought together all of our favourite comic strip superheroes to save the world once again, had geeks and non-geeks heading to the cinema in their droves. What with new Spiderman and Batman films this year as well, it seems 2012 was the year of the hero. Bring on the Avengers sequel in 2015.
Best Independent Film
Winner – Keep The Lights On
Runner up – Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Blondes do have more fun in your Best Independent Film, Keep The Lights On, which takes an honest look at the nature of gay relationships in our times. The movie about sex, friendship, intimacy and most of all, love, had the public and critics alike giving rave reviews for actors Thure Lindhardt and Zachary Booth. You loved them too, which is why you made it your winner.
Best Music Artist
Winner – Lana Del Rey
Runner up – Kylie Minogue
With only two votes between the queen of the glittery hotpants and the sultry American singer-songwriter, Lana Del Rey just about managed to grab the title of Best Music Artist of 2012. Her second album, Born To Die, released in January sold over 2.8 million copies worldwide, making it one of the most successful of the year. After landing an H&M modelling and advertising campaign, it seems the world may be heading for a complete Del Rey takeover. ‘The road is long, we carry on…’ What’s in store for her in 2013? Whatever it may be, it’ll certainly be stylish.
Winner – Josephine: Portrait
Runner up – Soso: T.T.I.D.S.D.I.E.U.I.C. (That Time I Dug So Deep I Ended Up In China)
We’ve loved the Mancunian singer-songwriter Josephine ever since her intriguing lead single ‘What A Day’ was released back in August, so it seems only fitting that you lot enjoy the sweet music she brings to your ears too. Touring with The Noisettes, and starting the new year off by supporting Paloma Faith makes us predict that Portrait will soon be snuggled onto the CD collection shelf of almost every home in the UK. We can’t wait to hear what’s next…
Best New Theatre Production
Winner – The Custard Boys
Runner up – Seussical
Your gong for the Best New Theatre Production was a closely fought race, but Seussical just missed out on the top spot to the world premier of The Custard Boys, seen at The Tabard Theatre earlier this year. The story of five London schoolboys being evacuated to a Norfolk seaside village, far away from Hitler’s bombs, had audiences up on their feet during curtain calls, and was praised for its beautiful portrayal of homosexuality in an era where attitudes were stifling. More of this type of theatre in 2013 please Theatre Gods!
Winner – But She’s My Student by Kiki Archer
Runner up – Astonishing X-Men #50 (The Gay Wedding Issue) by Marjorie Liu
The story of a lesbian teacher falling for a student in her A Level History class comes top of our Best Book poll. Kiki Archer’s tale of confused sexuality in a gripping, yet funny manner, pulls the reader back into a world of teenage nostalgia and school day memories. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and then wonder why you’ve never read anything by Archer before. But She’s My Student should be staple bedtime reading for those inevitable early nights that bleak, penniless January will bring.
Best Dressed Male
Winner – David Beckham
Runner up – The One Direction Boys
Well, we didn’t expect anything else. King Beckham can do no wrong when it comes to fashion, and we’re sure his various states of undress for his H&M underwear campaign probably helped garner a few extra votes. Sharp cut suits, slick hairstyles, and thighs that deserve their own knighthood means that we’ll always look for wardrobe inspiration from the fittest footballer on the planet. Any chance of adding some jockstraps to your 2013 collection?
Best Dressed Female
Winner – Kate Middleton
Runner up – Lana Del Rey
Unfortunately for Posh Spice, she fared slightly worse that her husband in our poll, only coming 3rd in the Best Dressed Female category behind Lana Del Rey, and your winner Kate Middleton. The hats, the bouncy, voluptuous hair and the only Royal that can pull of the colour red without looking like she’s on her way home from a night out at Faces in Essex crowns K-Middy as your most stylish woman of the year. After all, she turned down clothing from Kim Kardashian’s new range. We couldn’t love you any more than we already do Kate.
Best Pride Event
Winner – Brighton
Runner up – London
Summer may be a distant dream right now, but we can all remember those few hot months we shared back in August, and it seems your Pride event of choice is sunny Brighton. This year the theme was United Colours of Pride, and thousands of you headed down to the seaside town to get your party on alongside cabaret acts, dance tents and the ingeniously titled Bear Tent. Get 3 and 4 of August 2013 into your diary now, you won’t regret it.
Sports Hero of The Year
Winner – Jessica Ennis
Runner up – Bradley Wiggins
In a complete twist of fate from the recent Sports Personality of The Year Awards, you’ve decided that the 1st and 2nd places should be switched for our gong. 26-year-old Ennis enjoyed possibly the best summer of her life during the Olympic Games, and her gold-winning heptathlon moment during Super Saturday secured her position as the poster girl of the Games. Oh, and with abs like a multi-faceted steel cheese grater you really can’t ask for better inspiration to start that new year exercise resolution. To the gym!
Most Embarrassing Moment of The Year
Winner – Christoper Maloney reaching the X Factor final
Runner up – Justin Bieber vomiting on stage during his tour
Oh dear. It’s not been a very good year for The X Factor. The ratings plummeted and it didn’t make an impact in our Best TV Show category, with Strictly being the real talent show winner of the year. This might have been partly down to this year’s ‘villain’ Christopher Maloney. The Jane McDonald aspiring, carrot juice tanning, backstage bitching contestant had Twitter all in a tiz. ‘Who was voting for him?’ you cried. Well somebody was. Never mind, at least now he’s won something this year…
Winner – Mitt Romney
Runner up – Cardinal Keith O’Brien
The presidential election of 2012 was the big political event of the year, and we were firmly Team Obama, so it’s no surprise that your LGBT Zero is Mitt Romney. Obama’s opponent has strong views against same-sex marriage, believing that the union should only be between a man and a woman, and declaring that every child ‘deserves a mother and father’. There were fears that if elected, he would set equal rights back to a time when LGBT people were considered far from being normal. So thank goodness our friends in America saw sense, and made sure that Obama got four more years in the White House. And you know what that means? Forty-eight more months of Michelle looking fabulous. Perfect.
Winner – Dr Christian Jessen
Runner up – Ben Cohen: Stand Up Foundation
Our biggest category could really have been won by any of our nominees, as each one of them has contributed tirelessly to the LGBT community over the past year. A special mention has to go to our runner up, rugby player Ben Cohen whose work with his Stand Up Foundation goes from strength to strength with its goal of stamping out homophobic bullying. But your winner is everybody’s favourite TV health expert, Dr Christian Jessen. The openly gay presenter of Embarrassing Bodies and The Ugly Face of Beauty, works extensively to educate people on sexual health and HIV, whilst also assisting charities with his quest to make the UK a healthier place. Contributing to the National AIDS Trust’s fundraising art exhibition, and a huge supporter of both Terrence Higgins Trust and Stonewall, means that we love the Dr for more than just prodding wrinkly winkies on television. A strong advocate for same-sex marriage, and always on hand with medical advice on Twitter, (in his trademark capital letters), means you’ve crowned Jessen as your LGBT Hero of 2012. Bravo.