In the press run outside of last night’s GQ Men of the Year awards—at which he won actor of year—Benedict Cumberbatch was asked, among other things, to nominate his own personal list of men of the year.
His suggestions were respectful and charming, singling out recent losses to the worlds of theater and politics, and inspirational figures from his personal life.
His acceptance speech was similarly idiosyncratic.
Taking the podium, he said: “This is wonderful. I’d like to thank James McAvoy for not being available. But seriously, it’s an embarrassment of riches. I’m in one of those extraordinary rooms with extraordinary people. Thank you Mum and Dad for rearing me. Wait, what century am I in? I’m going to leave the stage now because I drank a lot and I need the loo.”
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