The Sony Ericsson Empire Awards 2008

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Best Director
David Yates, Harry Potter and the Order Of The Phoenix

David Yates collects his award for his work on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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Best Director for Harry Potter and the Order Of The Phoenix, David Yates
The Acceptance Speech
This is such a privilege because the readers of Empire are such film obsessives. I used to read Empire when I was growing up and it's a fantastic magazine so thank you to everybody who voted for this.

"Obviously on a movie, you have to say thank you to a lot of people. I should probably start with my producers David Heyman and David Barron who were terrific guys, they test you, they enthuse you, they watch your back and you probably have more fun with them than one can possibly express really.

"Then I've got a terrific creative team who we used to create this film and my partner who's also brought me back together again when I've made it through the long days. Thank you."

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What Empire Said
"The lions share of the plaudits must go to director David Yates and screenwriter Michael Goldenberg. After all, it takes talented chefs to produce a fresh taste from over-familiar ingredients." Read more...

Also Nominated
Paul Greengrass, The Bourne Ultimatum
Joe Wright, Atonement
Edgar Wright, Hot Fuzz
David Fincher, Zodiac

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