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Dozens of winners at Chch Oscars

Tue 28 Oct 2008 In: New Zealand Daily News

In front of a sell-out capacity crowd, two dozen large trophies were awarded to Christchurch's LGBT community leading lights and their friends at the weekend's glittering 26th annual Oscars awards. Presenting an Oscar: MPs Maryan Street barman Mark Bailey was awarded the coveted ‘Mr. Spunky Hunk' title, with Charlotte Bassett picking up the Sexiest Woman award. Two 'People of the Year' were retiring Christchurch Central MP Tim Barnett, and Anna Reid of the NZ Prostitute's Collective. Best actress was transgender TV and radio star Joanne Clark. Radio host Deb Stanaway was Woman of the Year, Wendy Newman the owner of the Civic Centre took the Lifetime Achievement Award, and last but certainly not least, Queen of the Year was awarded to enthusiastic drag entertainer Fur Purse. With so many performers and awards to get through, the Labour Sunday night event at the Civic Centre continued until after 2am, with the after-party at nearby Cruz nightclub wrapping up at 5am. An exhausted Miss Mole once again claims this year's Oscars will be the last – but while this hasn't proved true in previous years, next year's event, if it took place, would have to relocate. The Civic building has a new leaseholder and is slated to become offices in 2009.    

Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News Staff

First published: Tuesday, 28th October 2008 - 5:22pm

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