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Friday, October 22, 1999 Published at 17:10 GMT 18:10 UK


Spielberg's Man of the Year

Winner: Steven Spielberg accompanied by his wife Kate Capshaw

Hollywood director Steven Spielberg scooped two top honours at the prestigious GQ Men of the Year Awards in New York.

The 51-year-old picked up the Film Director trophy for Saving Private Ryan and was also presented with the Humanitarian award at the city's Beacon Theatre.

The awards, now in their fourth year, honour men for their abilities and style in 16 categories, ranging from TV to sport and music to fashion.

[ image: Michael J Fox arrives with wife Tracy Pollan]
Michael J Fox arrives with wife Tracy Pollan
Oscar winner Tom Hanks made it a double for Spielberg's World War II epic Saving Private Ryan when he was named Film Actor.

Michael J Fox, who is suffering from Parkinson's Disease, picked up the Television Comedy award, while Kevin Spacey won the Theatre award for his role in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh.

Rock veteran Eric Clapton picked up the gong for best solo artists.

The 54-year-old guitarist has played with a host of top bands including Derek & The Dominos and the Yardbirds, but has scored particular success alone. His solo albums have topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

[ image: Gwyneth Paltrow congratulates Spielberg]
Gwyneth Paltrow congratulates Spielberg
Acclaimed rap act The Beastie Boys, whose career in a notoriously fickle genre has spanned two decades, were proclaimed best band.

Will Smith's 'Big Willie Style' seems to have been a hit with GQ readers, the dapper rapper and film star was voted Most Stylish Man.

Among the other winners were author Tom Wolfe, athlete Oscar De La Hoya and cyclist Lance Armstrong, who won the Tour de France after battling cancer.

[ image: Dustin Hoffman and his
Dustin Hoffman and his "designer" undies
Hollywood star Dustin Hoffman added a touch of humour to the nights when he showed off his own "designer" underwear before presenting the fashion award to designer Calvin Klein.

Lenny Kravitz, country star Garth Brooks and The Goo Goo Dolls were among the performers at the ceremony.

Catherine Zeta Jones, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jon Bon Jovi were among the presenters.

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