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Well it's been quite a night and, after countless hours of drinking, partying and trying to snog various stars in a suitably disgraceful fashion, Empire Online has to confess that the 2004 Sony Ericsson Empire Awards has been one hell of a ride.

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The show kicked off with a rousing speech from Empire's editor, Colin Kennedy, who introduced the true star of the night's festivities: the utterly brilliant Mr Bill Bailey. Anyone who's caught him in Black Books or Spaced will need no explanation of his brilliance but, hosting this year's Awards, Bailey outdid himself last night. From his silent movie rendition of The Matrix Revolutions (with keyboard accompaniment), to his comedy voiceover to an emotionally charged clip from Mystic River, Bailey had the audience in fits. No film was left unmentioned - Cold Mountain was 'Lassie Come Home but with Humans'. He even prompted Emma Thompson to stop her acceptance speech and give special praise to his drum 'n' bass homage to president George Bush. "Better than any film made for the last 20 years."

  • LISTEN TO BILL'S HOMAGE TO PRESIDENT BUSH MP3 FORMAT

    The bestowing of honours had a few surprises in store, with Quentin Tarantino edging out Peter Jackson for Best Director. Quentin was up to his eyeballs with Kill Bill Volume 2 and couldn't be at the event but phoned in a special message praising the British public and Empire readers in particular for all their support throughout his career, 'that very fine tradition of Quentin Tarantino appreciation'.


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