The Sony Ericsson Empire Awards 2008

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Best Actor
James McAvoy, Atonement

Best Award winner, James McAvoy

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The Acceptance Speech
"That was The Fratellis, they're from Scotland, they're from Glasgow I think and that was cool. I'm truly nervous. I really want to thank Working Title, you do good films and you make a lot of them and you make money with them sometimes, not all the time, you may not have made money with this one but you made it and that's because you believed in the film and Joe and us. Thank you very much for letting me be a part of that. Thanks to Paul Webster as well.

"Thank you Ruth, the best goddamn agent in town and I'd also like to thank Empire as well. I used to get it all the time as a kid, I still get it now if I'm being honest, not all the time, but sometimes.

"And this year's been an amazing for intelligent film, for good film, not just Transformers. What Empire has done is to tell people what to see and well done this year for getting people to see the good stuff and still saying the bad stuff is shit. And this is it, thanks very much."

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What Empire Said
"Wright keeps turning back to McAvoys face, as the best young British actor of our times reflects the weary horror of the day before the ships arrive." Read more...

Also Nominated
Matt Damon, The Bourne Ultimatum
Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
Simon Pegg, Hot Fuzz
Gerard Butler, 300

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