March 22, 2002

Event: GAYVN Awards 2002



STORY AND PHOTOS BY VINCENT LAMBERT

The porn industry celebrated its own at the fourth-annual GAYVN Awards on Friday, March 22, 2002. The festivities, which were held in an elegant ballroom at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles, attracted more than 800 glittery porn stars and their fans. So it was only fitting that Seven Deadly Sins: Gluttony, a film that celebrates the many looks and styles of porn over the years, swept in several major categories and won writer/director Wash West the night’s top prize.

Host Taylor Negron started the ceremony with a bang, telling jokes (“I hate watching gay porn—it takes time away from fucking guys!”) and performing the night’s only cheesy musical number. And then it was on with the show: Last year’s winner Tony Donovan tied for Best Actor with Zak Spears. Falcon exclusive Matthew Rush took Best Newcomer, and Tuck Johnson “pulled a Christine Lahti,” hanging out in the men’s room when his name was called for Best Solo Performance. Industry veteran Kevin Kramer accepted the Best Supporting Actor award, and New York’s own Michael Lucas won for Vengeance (Best Threesome) and Top to Bottom (Best Ethnic-Themed Video), thanking Chad Hunt and calling him “the best thing to happen to porn this year.” First lady of XXX Sharon Kane received both Best Non-Sex Performance and Best Music awards for the second year in a row. And an overwrought Michael Brandon was named Gay Performer of the Year, making Halle Berry’s acceptance speech at the Oscars look restrained.

But this year’s biggest winner was Wash West’s Seven Deadly Sins: Gluttony, the tale of a forever-young porn stud starring Eric Hanson. West joked that it was the one sin in the popular All Worlds Video series that none of the other top-name directors wanted. He also thanked Oscar Wilde, who penned the inspiration for this gay-porn takeoff on The Picture of Dorian Gray. West, who also wrote and co-directed the recent indie hit The Fluffer with partner Richard Glatzer, told us he is working on a new film titled Porn Academy, which will feature Ron Jeremy as the headmaster of a sexy school and Chi Chi LaRue teaching the students how to give head. Sounds educational!

Porn legend Jeff Stryker closed the show by presenting the Best Gay Video award to West. Stryker stunned the audience by dropping the drawers of his Armani pin-striped suit and mooning the audience. He then shouted “Fuck you!” before fumbling with the envelope, eventually handing it over to the bandleader who opened it and read the winner. Stryker also reportedly had the producers sweating it out backstage as he threatened to unveil that special part of himself that has made and kept him a porn superstar.

The two-hour show, which benefited the Adult Industry Medical charity, also featured several special presentations, including the Hall of Fame induction of long-time favorites Jim Bentley (1984’s Best Newcomer!), Chad Johnson and Ken Ryker by director Gino Colbert, who recently completed filming Motel Sex. LaRue, working a wavy-perm hairdo, inducted directors Josh Elliot, John Rutherford, Steven Scarborough and Jim Steel, showing a montage of clips featuring...herself, of course.

But the GayVN Awards weren’t the only party in town. Prior to the show, superagent David Forest held a reception in the Governor’s Suite at the Universal Hilton. Rod Barry was there, celebrating his return to porn following a two-year hiatus with All World’s Bringing Out Brother. Billy Brandt denied rumors that he is retiring following a bottoming scene with Jeremy Jordan in Falcon’s No Way Out. (Guess Brandt is eating his words to Unzipped Monthly, where he claimed that he would only bottom in his final film.) Hot new columnist Jason Sechrest of www.jasoncurious.com sported a sexy Gothic look, and Billy Masters of www.billymasters.com revealed that his first play, Hollywood Uncovered, will play New York for Gay Pride.

On Thursday night, Will Clark hosted a special edition of his weekly Cocktails With the Stars night at Micky’s featuring Falcon stars. There, director Drew Warner chatted about his new Inside Porn magazine, which is due out in May, and Hans Ebson hinted that he might be leaving the industry. Immediately following, invited guests headed over to the ritzy Park Plaza Hotel for Falcon Studios 30th-anniversary party, where there was food, open bar, gift bags and Lady Bunny DJing. A huge cake was wheeled out at midnight, and Falcon head Rutherford blew out the candles with the help of LaRue and many of Falcon’s top stars. Among them: Derek Cameron, who was just back from a European promotional tour for Falcon. Jackson Price, who has moved to Palm Springs and is working as director of casting for a new video company. And Jeremy Penn, who has resurfaced and is back with Falcon. Also seen: Bruce Vilanch, taking a break from his Oscar writing duties; Enrico Vega; Billy Herrington; Jack Simmons; Addison Scott; Blake Harper and Colton Ford; Jason Branch and Steve Ross; Lance Gear and Peter Raeg; Chad Donovan and Antonio Madiera; Jeff Palmer; Tom Chase; Jeremy Tucker; RuPaul; Blue Blake; Nino Bacci; Caesar; Tom Katt; a once-again buff Ryan Idol, who has been training with Katt; Sam Dixon; Michael Lucas and teenage brother Paul; Kurt Young; Sergio Real; Chuck; and many others.

Reprinted from HX magazine (2002)

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