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Skyfall Wins The Jameson Empire Awards
Also love for The Hobbit & Danny Boyle

24 March 2013  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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Sam Mendes, Kevin Spacey

The name's Winner, Big Winner. Skyfall picked up Best Film at the Jameson Empire Award tonight in London, with director Sam Mendes also winning Best Director and a special Empire Inspiration award for good measure. The awards, voted for by the most enthusiastic film fans and most discerning cineastes in the world (that'd be you, Empire readers), also saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey take Best SCi-Fi/Fantasy and Best Actor for Martin Freeman, while Jennifer Lawrence was voted Best Actress for The Hunger Games.

Elsewhere, Sightseers won Best British Film and Headhunters took Best Thriller, while Best Comedy went to Ted. Hammer's The Woman In Black was Best Horror, and its star Daniel Radcliffe won an Empire Hero prize. Best Male Newcomer was The Impossible's Tom Holland, while Samantha Barks was Best Female Newcomer following her turn in Les Miserables.

Danny Boyle took our Outstanding Contribution award with typical modesty, saying that the biggest contribution he made was with that Bond-starring "Skyfall trailer" at the Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Helen Mirren, meanwhile, was dubbed an Empire Legend, while laughing that she was "more of a leg-over".

The full list of winners is below - and you can read a blow-by-blow account of the awards right over here. Check back tomorrow morning for video and more pics from the night.

Here are this year's Jameson Empire Award nominees and winners.

BEST MALE NEWCOMER (presented by Entertainment Tonight)
Tom Holland (The Impossible)
Domnhal Gleeson (Anna Karenina)
Suraj Sharma (Life Of Pi)
Rafe Spall (Life Of Pi)
Steve Oram (Sightseers)

BEST FEMALE NEWCOMER
Samantha Barks (Les Miserables)
Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina)
Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts Of The Southern Wild)
Alice Lowe (Sightseers)
Holliday Grainger (Great Expectations)

BEST COMEDY (presented by Magic 105.4)
Ted
Moonrise Kingdom
21 Jump Street
Silver Linings Playbook
Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists

BEST SCIENCE-FICTION / FANTASY
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Looper
Avengers Assemble
Prometheus
Dredd 3D

BEST THRILLER
Headhunters
Skyfall
Argo
The Raid
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST HORROR (presented by Cafe de Paris)
The Woman In Black
Sightseers
Sinister
Dark Shadows
The Cabin In The Woods

BEST 3D (presented by RealD)
Dredd 3D
Life Of Pi
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Avengers Assemble
Prometheus

BEST BRITISH FILM
Sightseers
Dredd 3D
The Woman In Black
Les Miserables
Skyfall

BEST DIRECTOR
Sam Mendes (Skyfall)
Joss Whedon (Avengers Assemble)
Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises)
Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
Peter Jackson (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)

Jameson BEST ACTOR
Martin Freeman (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Daniel Craig (Skyfall)
Robert Downey Jr. (Avengers Assemble)

BEST ACTRESS (presented by Citroen)
Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games)
Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises)
Judi Dench (Skyfall)
Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
Naomi Watts (The Impossible)

BEST FILM (presented by Sky Movies)
Skyfall
Django Unchained
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Dark Knight Rises
The Avengers Assemble


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You Idiots....YOU IDIOTS!!!!
I don't mind SKYFALL winning the two main awards, but the rest is a joke! What about AVENGERS ASSEMBLE and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES?! Those two were also the most successful films of 2012, and they both got more positive reviews than THE HOBBIT, which was underwhelming. Martin Freeman winning Best Actor?! He's good, but NOTHING compared to Daniel Day-Lewis and Christoph Waltz. Here's a warning to all you Empire readers, if next year's awards is just as bad, I am NEVER going to submit my votes again More

Posted by bb at 18:06 on 27 March 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Dont agree... at all. Sorry guys.
L: Wild about Wilder JESUS! W.T.F was going on with these votes Mendis & Skyfall yeah I can see that BUT! some of the others were really a "FUCKING JOKE!" how Sharma didn't get best male newcomer was bad enough BUT! Freeman for Best Actor really? has become of the Empire readership.ote] We pulled the sticks out our asses and enjoyed some good films instead. More

Posted by NeoBrowser at 04:34 on 26 March 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Skyfall Takes The Jameson Empire Awards
But Skyfall really made ​​it a phenomenon, but I have yet to see the excellence... More

Posted by rian88 at 13:29 on 25 March 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Skyfall Takes The Jameson Empire Awards
L: Hanroro Of course Skyfall is overrated - it has the same ending as Crocodile Dundee II for goodness sake (at least Mick manages to save the girl) but it was bold in it's way and I must concede that it has captured the hearts of Brits as all good Bond films should do. (Incidentally of course Skyfall can win best film and not best british film: if i'd have voted for Skyfall as best film, it's likely I would have looked to give another film more profile in the best british film c More

Posted by spideed2 at 12:54 on 25 March 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Skyfall Takes The Jameson Empire Awards
Of course Skyfall is overrated - it has the same ending as Crocodile Dundee II for goodness sake (at least Mick manages to save the girl) but it was bold in it's way and I must concede that it has captured the hearts of Brits as all good Bond films should do. (Incidentally of course Skyfall can win best film and not best british film: if i'd have voted for Skyfall as best film, it's likely I would have looked to give another film more profile in the best british film category - it's a com More

Posted by Hanroro at 12:25 on 25 March 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Here's a boring rant noone cares about:
Wah! Everyone didn't vote the way I wanted them to!! Gah! Wah! Suck it up, fuck-knuckles. More

Posted by DancingClown at 11:58 on 25 March 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Here's a boring rant noone cares about:
no SF award for Prometheus?!will go on to be a revered cult like Blade Runner in years to come...you'll see....you'll see.... More

Posted by jackcarter at 11:30 on 25 March 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Here's a boring rant noone cares about:
I'm disappointed but not at all surprised that Skyfall won so much. I don't hate the film but it majorly overrated and the plot is flimsier than an own-brand roll of toilet paper. I think a lot of people went into it wearing their 'diamond-jubilee-london-olympics-bond-50th-anniversary- goo-britain-really-is-great' goggles which completely skewered their viewing. I'm very interested to see if it will be as highly regarded ten years from now More

Posted by musht at 11:29 on 25 March 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Here's a boring rant noone cares about:
This obviously not an awards to take particularly seriously so I have to ask why bother? Skyfall and The Hobbit were enjoyable but let's face it horribly flawed. This is the cinematic equivalent of The David Gemmell Awards. And yes, I prefer crappy art films that nobody watches. More

Posted by Davross at 11:03 on 25 March 2013 | Report This Post

Here's a boring rant noone cares about:
I'm not perturbed that you (no, wait, we!) as a collective managed to fuck up your awards more than the Oscars, it's just one thing. No, not Lawrence winning instead of Chastain. No, not because Dredd should have won EVERYTHING. Just one tiny thing: Fucking TED?!?!? Are you serious? Why would you even have it in the same category as something like Moonrise Kingdom? "And the nominees for best TV Drama or Comedy are... Different Strokes... The Wire..." I mean, COME ON!!! I am completely More

Posted by presidentcletus at 10:53 on 25 March 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Dont agree... at all. Sorry guys.
JESUS! W.T.F was going on with these votes Mendis & Skyfall yeah I can see that BUT! some of the others were really a "FUCKING JOKE!" how Sharma didn't get best male newcomer was bad enough BUT! Freeman for Best Actor really? has become of the Empire readership. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 10:36 on 25 March 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Dont agree... at all. Sorry guys.
I'm surprised to see the Hobbit nominated for a few awards.I think Looper,Avengers or even Prometheus were more deserving of the Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Award. I'm also surprised to see Dark Shadows nominated because I thought that film was literally all over the place.It was neither a horror or a comedy,though what it was-was a mess.Frankenweenie was more scarier than Dark Shadows,and it knew exactly what it was. Everything else ,concerning the winners, I'm not surprised about.Skyfall re More

Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 10:05 on 25 March 2013 | Report This Post

Dont agree... at all. Sorry guys.
Skyfall is a fine movie but a long way off this year best. The Hobbit is an overblown mess and not half as good as Looper..... The acting awards were all pretty much undeserved (Lawrence was better in other movies). ... I could go on but I am not a troll and have no wish to be. The awards were clearly just based around which movie the most people saw, rather than the actual quality. More

Posted by spideed2 at 09:00 on 25 March 2013 | Report This Post

Awards Hullabaloo
I don't get all the rants, who won what, who voted for what? There is no definitive accurate winner as people are individuals, albeit readers of this Tome or "Industry Experts". Each movie is different and distinct. There is no accurate scientific way of measuring the performance, script, direction or any of the technical aspects of a movie, because, they are just that, different. Everyone who loves movies are experts all our opinions count, our opinions are the most important not som More

Posted by kittybinks at 07:35 on 25 March 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Pointless
L: jazzyjules63 The list illustrates why we shouldn't take much notice of 'reader voted' awards as most readers are just plain idiots. Martin Freeman best actor??? ally this why you SHOULD take notice. These are the people who make movies last & stand the test of time. The AA nominated films this year will be completely forgotten in a decade! Also, Martin Freeman was awesome More

Posted by NeoBrowser at 02:47 on 25 March 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Poorly Conceived In Every Way
L: Woodland Bear And to even nominate Martin Freeman? Or to nominate Jennifer Lawrence for Hunger Games, and not her Academy Award-winning role in Silver Linings? Or the same again for Hathaway's Dark Knight role, and not he award-winning Les Mis one? his year's Empire Awards is supremely better than the Academy's self-masturbation awards! Martin Freeman was absolutely fantastic & better than any of the AA nominees! Jennifer Lawrence is totally overrated and shouldn't have won anything More

Posted by NeoBrowser at 02:43 on 25 March 2013 | Report This Post

Poorly Conceived In Every Way
There are so many mistakes in the way these awards were put together. The fact that Skyfall can win best film is neither here nor there, when it loses to another film in the 'Best British Film' category. If that can happen, it can't be the best film, can it? Sightseers must be? And to even nominate Martin Freeman? Or to nominate Jennifer Lawrence for Hunger Games, and not her Academy Award-winning role in Silver Linings? Or the same again for Hathaway's Dark Knight role, and not he award-winn More

Posted by Woodland Bear at 02:10 on 25 March 2013 | Report This Post

The 'We-Hate-Skyfall Bandwagon'
Oh dear... the thing with Skyfall is that it's becoming a bit like the Call of Duty games or Kings of Leon; it's successful and popular, so it's the cool thing to hate. Personally, it's in my top five Bond flicks and is as worthy a winner as any of the other nominated films. So please, can you sad, little people please get off your high horse and go back to YouTube and continue your moaning there! By the way, I do appreciate the irony of moaning about moaning. Well done, Skyfall!!! I More

Posted by Faers at 23:29 on 24 March 2013 | Report This Post

Pointless
The list illustrates why we shouldn't take much notice of 'reader voted' awards as most readers are just plain idiots. Martin Freeman best actor??? I liked Skyfall but best film? No. Also please explain to me how a movie that wins Best Film fails to win Best British Film... as I said, pointless. More

Posted by jazzyjules63 at 23:28 on 24 March 2013 | Report This Post

To all who voted for Skyfall as best film:
You're all idiots. Skyfall was not a good movie. The Empire Awards just took another step towards irrelevancy. More

Posted by Cameron1975Williams at 22:45 on 24 March 2013 | Report This Post

Dredd Rules, Skyfall Drools!
Glad to see Dredd getting some lovin' ;! But Skyfall winning anything? Man, that film was as forgettable as its title track by whats-her-face... More

Posted by sirvolkar at 22:35 on 24 March 2013 | Report This Post

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