This year the awards recognise people who best demonstrate a particular characteristic of great performance. In no particular order:
Energy: Mary Portas. Lots of expertise delivered with compelling energy. Unfortunately too late for our high streets?
Style: The Middleton Family. Kate for sure but the whole family made the Royals look ordinary.
Structure: Christine Lagarde. Great communication skills rooted in clear simple structures so you feel she really does know what she is talking about.
Body language: David Cameron. No remarkable performances but he manages to create a physical impression of leadership his rivals in Westminster and across Europe can’t match.
Listening: Rebecca Brooks. She deflected the hostility of the inquisitor MPs by listening, really listening, to each questioner and answering the actual question asked. Unlike Murdoch junior.
Pausing: Rupert Murdoch. A pause has rarely been more powerful than his response to the question, Did you know what was going on? After a seemingly endless delay his barked NO! took the wind out of the collective MP sails.
Theatre: Kim Jong-il (deceased). A million people in weeping in unison takes some beating.
Passion: Sir David Attenborough. Who else?
Presence: Aung San Suu Kyi. A voice too rarely heard but an unmistakable and compelling presence.
Charisma: Tariq Jahan. The Currys van driver who spoke so eloquently after the death of his son in the riots that a city came to its senses.