Michael Douglas Gets Choked Up As He Picks Up GQ Award

Last night, Hollywood star Michael Douglas appeared rather choked as he gave a touching acceptance speech at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards in London. The actor, who is currently separated from wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, spoke at the star studded event.

In his speech, he said: “More recently life imitates art … you get a little cancer scare, you open your mouth … I shouldn’t say that, I’ll get in trouble again!” (Met with much laughter from the audience.) However, when he continued, “The legend part … it’s a polite way of saying this is my third act. I’m looking forward to it relishing especially with this year… It’s a lot…” he trailed off.

Previously in the week, at the Berlin Film Festival on Monday, Douglas had said, “I have a crisis at home? No, I think the press has a crisis.” He continued, “We, we are fine. My wife and I are, are fine. We take a temporary separation, but the press, it gives you stuff to write about.”

The two time Oscar winner has not been seen together in public with Zeta-Jones since April. Her publicist, Cece Yorke, said last week that they were “taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage.” While Douglas has been in Europe, his wife has remained in New York with their two children, Dylan, 13, and 10-year-old Carys.

Douglas accepted the award from his friend Samuel L. Jackson, who paid tribute to his friend’s inspirational career as he received GQ’s Legend award. The Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden was filled with A-list stars who turned out for the annual awards. The men’s magazine gave out awards for ‘Lifetime Achievement,’ ‘Icon,’ and ‘Most Stylish Man.’

Check out the slideshow below to see the glam celebs on the red carpet. Who scrubbed up the best? Justin Timberlake? Or Gillian Anderson?

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    Michael Douglas attends the GQ Men of the Year Awards at the Royal Opera House in London

    Michael Douglas made a rare appearance at a UK award ceremony, winning GQ's Legend award. 

  • Justin Timberlake 2 of 10
    Justin Timberlake at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2013 in London

    Looking dapper in a tux, JT had just played an intimate gig for Radio 1's Live Lounge.

  • Emma Watson 3 of 10
    Emma Watson attends the GQ Men of the Year Awards at the Royal Opera House in London

    Harry Potter star Emma Watson won 'Woman of the Year' at the awards and wore a pair of high waisted Balenciaga trousers with a sexy crop top.

  • Gillian Anderson 4 of 10
    Gillian Anderson attends the GQ Men of the Year Awards at the Royal Opera House in London

    Gillian Anderson, star of The Fall, looked amazing in a floor length black gown, giving the younger women a run for their money...

  • Samuel L Jackson 5 of 10
    Samuel L Jackson attends the GQ Men of the Year Awards at the Royal Opera House in London

    Cool as ever, Samuel L Jackson was at the awards to present the Legend award to his friend Michael Douglas. 

  • Rita Ora 6 of 10
    Rita Ora attends the GQ Men of the Year Awards at the Royal Opera House in London

    Songstress Rita Ora managed to change into two outfits at the one event! Later she headed to McDonalds for take-away with her best mate, model Cara Delevingne, and singer Ellie Goulding. 

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    Russell Brand attends the GQ Men of the Year Awards at the Royal Opera House in London

    Comedian Russell Brand won the award for 'Oracle,' and chatted for most of the evening with his buddy, ex-Oasis singer Noel Gallagher, who also took home an award for 'Icon.'

  • Piers Morgan and his wife 8 of 10
    Piers Morgan attends the GQ Men of the Year Awards at the Royal Opera House in London

    Broadcaster Piers Morgan, back on British soil, took home the award for 'TV Personality.' In the UK, he is famous for his interview show called Piers Morgan's Life Stories.

  • Rosie Huntington-Whiteley 9 of 10
    Rosie Huntington-Whiteley attends the GQ Men of the Year Awards at the Royal Opera House in London

    Supermodel Rosie, who is rumoured to be on a break from her action star boyfriend Jason Statham, looked amazing in a simple white dress that showed off her fab figure. 

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    Pharell Williams at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2013 in London

    "Blurred Lines" singer Pharrell won the 'Performer' award and, typically, wasn't wearing any socks!

Photo credits: Pacific Coast News

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