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Jameson Empire Award Nominations
Who'll take home the big prizes?

02 March 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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This year's Jameson Empire Awards are coming up on March 29, so it's finally time to reveal who the nominees are, following the voting process by all of you readers. The big nominees are The Dark Knight and Quantum of Solace, each with four nominations, closely followed by Iron Man and Wall-E with three.

The awards this year will be hosted by comedian Dara O Briain, and should see another glitzy, glamorous and very funny evening. And the eclectic line-up of nominees shows the wide tastes of Empire readers: the Best Picture nominees, for example, are The Dark Knight, Wall-E, No Country For Old Men, There Will Be Blood and Iron Man. The line-up for Best Director is similar, except that Iron Man lost out to Tim Burton and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. A special award is also to be awarded to Heath Ledger to commemorate his remarkable but all-too-brief career and in recognition of his great turn in The Dark Knight.

Empire Editor Mark Dinning said "Now in their 14th year, our Awards continue to go from strength to strength. With tens of thousands of readers having voted, these nominations, unlike those of other awards shows, truly reflect the power and diversity of cinema. Representing an amazing year for film, these nominations - incorporating everything from blockbuster action movies to thought-provoking dramas - mark the Jameson Empire Awards out as the true barometer of movie taste, with movies like Wall-E and The Dark Knight finally getting the credit to match their monumental box office success."

The Jameson Empire Awards 2009 Nominations:

Best Film
There Will Be Blood
WALL-E
No Country For Old Men
The Dark Knight
Iron Man

Best Actor
Daniel Day Lewis (There Will Be Blood)
Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man)
Christian Bale (The Dark Knight)
Daniel Craig (Quantum of Solace)
Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd)

Best Actress
Angelina Jolie (Changeling)
Ellen Page (Juno)
Sally Hawkins (Happy Go Lucky)
Helena Bonham Carter (Sweeney Todd)
Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace)

Best Director
Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight)
Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood)
Tim Burton (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)
The Coen Brothers (No Country For Old Men)
Andrew Stanton (WALL-E)

Best British Film
Rocknrolla
Eden Lake
In Bruges
Son of Rambow
Hunger

Best Soundtrack (Shortlist by Empire Magazine)
Mamma Mia!
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Rocknrolla
Quantum of Solace
There Will Be Blood

Best Comedy
Tropic Thunder
Son of Rambow
Ghost Town
In Bruges
Burn after Reading

Best Horror
The Orphanage
The Mist
Eden Lake
The Strangers
Sweeney Todd

Best Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Superhero Movie
Iron Man
Wanted
Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
The Dark Knight
WALL-E

Best Thriller
No Country For Old Men
Quantum of Solace
Changeling
Gone Baby Gone
Eagle Eye

Best Newcomer
Robert Pattinson
Gemma Arterton
Jim Sturgess
Toby Kebbell
Hayley Atwell
 

Click here to vote for your favourites before voting closes on March 12.

The Jameson Empire Awards will take place in London on March 29; check back between now and then for all the news.


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I can't believe how Heath Ledger couldn't get nominated whereas movies from the last century did... More

Posted by Jokerfan_Naz at 11:36 on 07 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: C.C.C.P.
I don't like the whole thing about voting for a film that should have been considered for last year. TWBB & No Country both came out in Jan/Feb last year. So why couldn't they be put forward for last years awards, instead of this years where they'll be horribly overlooked because most people vote for the most recent films they've seen. If the nominations are announced in March - then they should fall into that year. Stupid Empire!   Anyway - I hope In Bruges wins both nominated aw More

Posted by missphoenix at 15:52 on 03 March 2009 | Report This Post

C.C.C.P.
Ignorance is bliss, isn't it? More

Posted by AboyNamedSue at 11:39 on 03 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Hunger
L: kinkykeeks Calling Hunger a British film is a bit of a stretch. Especially since its set in an Irish prison (albeit an Northern Irisih prison), about Irish Republicans and with mainly Irish actors. on't complain just vote for it! nominations aint as bad as i expected, yay for NCFOM and the Mist and of course Hunger. please let Hunger win.... And DDL. not Bale. Bale got nom for TDK? he was awful, just about the worst thing in the film was bloody Batman. and yh why More

Posted by richCie at 08:19 on 03 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: The Dark Knight
Whats up with the movies from two years ago? That is just BS. Come on empire! More

Posted by jasperoosterveld at 20:24 on 02 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: The Dark Knight
Oh god, is the predictable Dark Knight backlash starting already? "I can't believe it was so popular, i've got to put it down every opportunity now."Yawn. More

Posted by somekindof_battery at 19:34 on 02 March 2009 | Report This Post

The Dark Knight
Urgh, I hope The Dark Knight doesn't win. I feel like such an anomaly. There Will Be Blood all the way! More

Posted by Oliver Sim at 17:05 on 02 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Hunger
L: C.C.C.P. L: kinkykeeks Calling Hunger a British film is a bit of a stretch. Especially since its set in an Irish prison (albeit an n Irisih), about Irish Republicans and with mainly Irish actors. ot actually an Irish prison? Right. So set in the UK where most of the characters are UK residents - albeit seperatists. The main character was elected to Parliament. Sounds like a British film to me. he star is german and the writer/director is english. the fact that More

Posted by adambatman82 at 16:23 on 02 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Hunger
L: kinkykeeks Calling Hunger a British film is a bit of a stretch. Especially since its set in an Irish prison (albeit an n Irisih), about Irish Republicans and with mainly Irish actors. ot actually an Irish prison? Right. So set in the UK where most of the characters are UK residents - albeit seperatists. The main character was elected to Parliament. Sounds like a British film to me. More

Posted by C.C.C.P. at 15:49 on 02 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Re: My bad - I left out the bit about him getting a special award. He is. Let me add that rather important fact in. Doh! ...      Bless you! More

Posted by steveg66 at 15:46 on 02 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: In Bruges and Hunger
Actors, directors or the plot have little bearing on what nationality a movie gets labelled with. As far as I can see, it all comes down to where the money came from to create the film. In Bruges, although starring two Irish actors and written and directed by Irishman Martin McDonagh is considered a British film as that's where it's funding came from (specifically Film4). Hunger, was funded by both Irish and British companies (chiefly the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland and Film4). So H More

Posted by bawpsherep at 15:43 on 02 March 2009 | Report This Post

Hunger
Calling Hunger a British film is a bit of a stretch. Especially since its set in an Irish prison (albeit an Northern Irisih prison), about Irish Republicans and with mainly Irish actors. More

Posted by kinkykeeks at 14:33 on 02 March 2009 | Report This Post

Tropic Thunder over Pineapple Express?
what are you people on?! More

Posted by Hughezy at 14:30 on 02 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
ght The Dark Knight shouldn't get a nomination for best score, it's basically a retrend of the Batman Begins score. Best Film - There Will Be Blood Best Director - Paul Thomas Anderson Best Actor - Daniel Day Lewis Best Actress - Angelina Jolie Best Thriller - No Country for Old Men. Although I wouldn't mind seeing Gone Baby Gone winning either. Best Comedy - In Bruges, by a mile. Best Horror - The Mist or The Orphanage. Both are amazing films and both deserve to win; a More

Posted by Dave B at 13:45 on 02 March 2009 | Report This Post

Yeah, although unaware of prior discussion, don't make it "that British film." Just put in the Best Film category where it belongs, instead of Iron Man or the Dark Knight. More

Posted by exandakane at 13:29 on 02 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Mamma Mia! FTW! More

Posted by Stewie_Griffin at 13:08 on 02 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
My bad - I left out the bit about him getting a special award. He is. Let me add that rather important fact in. Doh! More

Posted by Helen OHara at 12:59 on 02 March 2009 | Report This Post

You've committed the same crime as the oscars and not nominated The Dark Knight for music. And WTF?!!!! You could have given Heath Ledger a nod somewhere surely More

Posted by steveg66 at 12:46 on 02 March 2009 | Report This Post

In Bruges
Is not a British film. Haven't we already had this discussion? ;-) More

Posted by AboyNamedSue at 12:04 on 02 March 2009 | Report This Post


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