2006 Awards Winners Announced!

The Sony Ericsson Empire Awards in full

2006 Awards Winners Announced!

by Willow Green |

Well, it’s over. The 2006 Sony Ericsson Empire Awards swung harder than Louis Armstrong on a waltzer tonight and, when the smoke cleared, Episode III and Pride And Prejudice had each scooped two awards, while King Kong landed the big prize of Best Film.

Thandie Newton followed her BAFTA triumph with the Best Actress award for her turn in Crash, while Johnny Depp hooked Best Actor from Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. Nick Park and Steve Box won Best Director for their Oscar-winning success, Wallace And Gromit: The Curse Of The Were Rabbit.

Tony Curtis’ ‘The Persuaders’ co-star Roger Moore presented him with the Empire Lifetime Achievement Award. The screen legend, whose seven decade career had highlights with Spartacus and Some Like It Hot among other greats, received a standing ovation and was, quite understandably, deeply moved by the honour.

Stephen Frears was also honoured, winning the Inspiration Award for a career that has been stuffed full of variety and included My Beautiful Laundrette, Dirty Pretty Things and, most recently, Mrs Henderson Presents. The Harry Potter films were likewise bestowed with an honorary award for their contribution to cinema, which was gratefully received by producer David Heyman and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.

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The winners in full:

Best Newcomer

Leo Gregory (Stoned)

Kelly Reilly (Mrs. Henderson Presents/Pride & Prejudice)

Georgie Henley (The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe)

James McAvoy (The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe)

Nathan Fillion (Serenity)

Sony Ericsson Scene Of The Year

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit — ‘The Dogfight’

War Of The Worlds — ‘The Arrival’

The Descent — ‘The Attack Of The Crawlers’

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith — ‘The Birth Of Vader’

Crash — ‘The Car Rescue’

Best Comedy

The Wedding Crashers

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

The League Of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse

Team America: World Police

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit

Best Thriller

The Constant Gardener

Sin City

Batman Begins

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

A History Of Violence

Best Horror

The Skeleton Key

The Descent

Land Of The Dead

Wolf Creek

Best Sci-fi / Fantasy

King Kong

Serenity

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith

The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

Best Director

Steven Spielberg — War Of The Worlds

Peter Jackson — King Kong

Christopher Nolan — Batman Begins

Ron Howard — Cinderella Man

Nick Park and Steve Box — Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit

Joe Wright — Pride & Prejudice

Best Actor

Christian Bale — Batman Begins

Johnny Depp — Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Andy Serkis — King Kong

Matt Dillon— Crash

Viggo Mortensen — A History Of Violence

Best Actress

Naomi Watts — King Kong

Keira Knightley — Pride & Prejudice

Thandie Newton — Crash

Renée Zellweger – Cinderella Man

Hilary Swank — Million Dollar Baby

Best British Movie

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit

The Descent

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

Pride & Prejudice

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

Stoned

Best Film

King Kong

War Of The Worlds

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith

Crash

Sin City

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