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Jameson Empire Award Winners!
Dark Knight, Rambow & Solace among them

30 March 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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This year's Jameson Empire Awards took place tonight in London, at a rather glamorous evening of drinking, carousing and celebration for the stars. The readers of Empire voted in their droves, and the big winner of the night was The Dark Knight, which took home Best Film, Best Director for Christopher Nolan and Best Actor for Christian Bale.

But it wasn't just a Batman evening. Quantum of Solace won Best Thriller, and Bond girl Gemma Arterton took home Best Newcomer for her turn in that film as well as RocknRolla. Homegrown talent also did well in other areas, with the excellent Son of Rambow taking Best Comedy and Eden Lake going home with Best Horror.

James McAvoy was on hand to collect Best Sci-Fi / Superhero movie for Wanted, while Best British Film went to Guy Ritchie and the RocknRolla crew. Helena Bonham-Carter took Best Actress for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, with partner Tim Burton picking up on her behalf, and Best Soundtrack went to Mamma Mia! and the guys from ABBA.

The special awards saw an Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema prize awarded to Danny Boyle (whose Slumdog Millionaire didn't come out in the nominations period, for those of you wondering where it is). There was also a tribute to the late Heath Ledger, whose work played such a big part in the stunning succes of The Dark Knight.

The Actor Of Our Lifetime award, a special prize to celebrate Empire's 20th anniversary this year, went to Russell Crowe, while the Empire Icon award this year went to the disgustingly multitalented Viggo Mortensen, who speaks more languages than God, paints, writes poetry and still finds time to do a bit of acting. His speech was also highly entertaining, so check that out in the minute-by-minute blog of the Awards.

Check back throughout tonight and tomorrow morning for more updates, photos, videos and all the news that's fit to print from this year's Jameson Empire Awards.


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What about In Bruges?????????
Y the fuk didnt In bruges win anything ?????? it is the best film ever to my opion fuk rock n rolla its alrite but nothing to In bruges sort ur self out people More

Posted by jack K at 18:29 on 31 March 2009 | Report This Post

What about In Bruges?????????
More

Posted by jack K at 18:27 on 31 March 2009 | Report This Post

If Russell Crowe is the actor of my lifetime, I want a time machine. More

Posted by Hengist at 09:52 on 31 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Oh Come On!!!!
I will overlook the fact that an Abba tribute album won best soundtrack, and concentrate my vitriol on the most fucked up award of all: Wanted winning best Superhero/Sci-fi. In the same year that we were treated to Iron Man, Hell Boy II, The Dark Knight, The Hulk and a myriad of straight-to-dvd science fiction and comic book films that didn't even make it to the cinema, how is it that the worst, most vacuous, pointless and socially disturbing film of last year even made it to cinemas, let More

Posted by montimer at 02:27 on 31 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Oh Come On!!!!
Glad to see Son of Rambow won best comedy, its a lovely film. More

Posted by DouglasG at 20:00 on 30 March 2009 | Report This Post

Oh Come On!!!!
OK... I think there is an AWFUL lot to be said for Empire no longer putting the votes to its readers. QOS was probably the worst Bond film in 25 years, and that's saying something, so to call it Best Thriller is a Joke. Christian Bale as best actor? I mean, c'mon. We all loved The Dark Knight... But even in that film alone Caine, Ledger, Oldman and Eckhart were all better actors than him. How did Dark Knight or Ironman not win best Sci-fi/Superhero? I mean, are we being really strict wi More

Posted by Barry at 18:29 on 30 March 2009 | Report This Post

Some good, some Bad
Dark Knight deserves every award it gets and more so no problems there. Quantam of solace was a load of crap and so was Wanted. Glad to see Rock n Rolla get a bit of recognition as it was a really entertaining film. So a bit of a mixed bag... More

Posted by TheHazman at 16:37 on 30 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: fiercehairdo L: Ace Rothstein Quantum Of Solace is an abysmal film, how did that win best thriller? An already muddled and confused plot obfuscated by poorly edited, often superfluous and badly executed action sequences. I used to like the Empire awards when I was 14( Star Wars gets awards recognition!). But now I see them for what they are- juvenile and dominated by mainstream fare( yes, The Dark Knight is a good film but where is the appetite for indepedent cinema such as the art More

Posted by waltham1979 at 15:36 on 30 March 2009 | Report This Post

What an utter mess!!!
Best British film - RocknRolla??? Best Thriller - Quantum of Solace??? Best Sci-Fi - Wanted??? And of course, complete over flagulation of The Dark Knight. Oh, and what the hell is Russell Crowe on at the moment? More

Posted by craig.maclellan at 15:32 on 30 March 2009 | Report This Post

Great Chocies!
Wow! What a star-filled night! I am happy with the results and glad that RocknRolla won Best Brittish Film (just nearly finished it on Blu-Ray and loving every second of it!) Brilliant news for the Dark Knight and Qutuam of Solace, lots of hotties around like James Mcavoy, Christian Bale and even Gerard Butler! Ah, need to see the show on tv when it comes on! More

Posted by joanna likes films at 15:13 on 30 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
L: Ace Rothstein Quantum Of Solace is an abysmal film, how did that win best thriller? An already muddled and confused plot obfuscated by poorly edited, often superfluous and badly executed action sequences. I used to like the Empire awards when I was 14( Star Wars gets awards recognition!). But now I see them for what they are- juvenile and dominated by mainstream fare( yes, The Dark Knight is a good film but where is the appetite for indepedent cinema such as the artistic triumph or Hun More

Posted by fiercehairdo at 14:59 on 30 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: In Bruges
This is all a joke right?? Empire goes from bad to worse to depressingly, laughably ridiculous . More

Posted by fiercehairdo at 14:50 on 30 March 2009 | Report This Post

In Bruges
Dammit...why this film always goes un-recognized? It's the best film of last year. I feel like In Bruges is the new Shawshank...in time it will become a true classic. I'm a HUGE Bond fan but QOS...embarrasing...it was the most aticipated film for me, and what a let-down. Martin Campbell come back!!!!!!!!!!! More

Posted by KingOfPop at 14:36 on 30 March 2009 | Report This Post

RocknRolla Best British Film? You're havin' a larf geezer!
Rocknrolla is forced and almost unwatchable in parts. It's terrible. Guy Ritchie must have been sleeping with someone famous to get all the kudos and attention he's got over the years/ D'oh. I just got it. More

Posted by C K Dexter Haven at 13:46 on 30 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Bond Best Thriller
Eden Lake - Best horror - F*** right off, The Mist blew it out of the water, so to speak! QOS - Best thriller - How could you present that award and keep a straight face? (Every other film in that category was superior.) Gemma Arterton is a terrible actress IMO. Best newcomer??? Nothing for In Bruges, another piss take.   As for the rest, meh!   C'mon Empire readers, those are poor choices.   More

Posted by broonie at 13:43 on 30 March 2009 | Report This Post

Bond Best Thriller
Shame about this - It was truely a bad film - did you check that all nominations were true - Empire shame on this award! More

Posted by dholleyuk at 12:51 on 30 March 2009 | Report This Post

Quantum of Solace?
I have no faith in Empire readers no more. More

Posted by exandakane at 12:17 on 30 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Not a single one of my nominations won an award, not one. Some terrible choices of winners in my opinion. In Bruges was robbed for startersan, that made me come out of the wilderness for a bit that did.... More

Posted by HarryCaul at 11:56 on 30 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
Some terrible choices this year!   Christian Bale over Daniel Day Lewis? (I know Lewis wins a lot of actor awards but Bale's 'Big Boy voice' performance as Batman over that???) Wanted over Iron Man? (One of the best pure superhero adaptations over a bastardized, if stylish, version of a blackly funny graphic novel?) RocknRolla over In Bruges? (A Guy Ritchie re-run over something fairly original?)   I could go on. I should be appauled at other Empire readers for voting this More

Posted by optimus at 11:01 on 30 March 2009 | Report This Post

WTF! Someones buggering about with your website! Just gone to view the red carpet photos and there's a series of pics with ex-pres Jimmy Carter at some conference. April Fools is 2 days away yet! And I didn't vote for Jimmy Carter the first time round. More

Posted by steveg66 at 08:13 on 30 March 2009 | Report This Post

So what did Heath Ledger get then? You said he was going to get something and I haven't read anything here yet (admitidly there's a lot to read). Maybe Empire should have supporting actor/actress noms' in future. A visual fx would also go down well More

Posted by steveg66 at 08:07 on 30 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
To be honest, it's nice to see film awards that don't feel they have to hand everything out to the most 'important' film. At the end of the day, the vast majority of those films were good films and most likely the ones people are going to remember for years to come unlike most of the awards ceremony bate. More

Posted by somekindof_battery at 01:53 on 30 March 2009 | Report This Post

Quantum Of Solace is an abysmal film, how did that win best thriller? An already muddled and confused plot obfuscated by poorly edited, often superfluous and badly executed action sequences. I used to like the Empire awards when I was 14( Star Wars gets awards recognition!). But now I see them for what they are- juvenile and dominated by mainstream fare( yes, The Dark Knight is a good film but where is the appetite for indepedent cinema such as the artistic triumph or Hunger or the thrilling for More

Posted by Ace Rothstein at 23:51 on 29 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Go Helena!
I can only guess that there was only one person voting for best British film and they accidently chose Rocknrolla because the thought of large collective group voting for it makes me very sad. More

Posted by stuieboy at 22:18 on 29 March 2009 | Report This Post

Go Helena!
Well done Helena! She deserved it! (though she picked the award up herself?) More

Posted by ladydisdain at 21:09 on 29 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
Sooo glad Helena Bonham Carter won! She totally deserved it! More

Posted by mrlovett at 21:04 on 29 March 2009 | Report This Post

ok tdk was very good, but bale's wasn't the best performance of the year. it was good, but not incredible. mamma mia didn't have the best soundtrack, and quantum of solace wasn't the best thriller. no, these awards aren't very good More

Posted by bleugh07 at 20:36 on 29 March 2009 | Report This Post

Good to see Viggo Mortensen win his award. Thoroughly deserved. More

Posted by Biggus at 20:35 on 29 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
Terrible, absolutely terrible awards. What muppets voted for all those winners? I reckon the Empire staff are probably appalled by their own awards as well. More

Posted by Rinc at 20:22 on 29 March 2009 | Report This Post

yey
Not even for the dark knight? More

Posted by Albertine at 20:20 on 29 March 2009 | Report This Post

What, no win for In Bruges? I voted for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in the 'Best Horror' category... what a wag I am... More

Posted by Evil_Monkey25 at 20:19 on 29 March 2009 | Report This Post

Shame
Don't think I voted for a single one of those. More

Posted by Ethanial at 20:15 on 29 March 2009 | Report This Post

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