Star Wars and Mad Max win big at the 2016 Jameson Empire Awards

Empire awards

by John Nugent |

The people have spoken! Empire readers have voted in their thousands, and this evening the Jameson Empire Awards – the antidote to mainstream film awards – rolled into town, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Mad Max: Fury Road emerging as the big winners.

In a glitzy London ceremony, hosted by comedian and actor David Walliams, the latest instalment in the Star Wars saga was named Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy film, and its two breakout stars, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, were named Best Female Newcomer and Best Male Newcomer respectively. Both were in attendance to accept their awards; Ridley said in her acceptance speech it was "an amazing time to be a woman in film".

Director J.J. Abrams also won Best Director, and The Force Awakens was ultimately the biggest winner of the night, taking five gongs back to a galaxy far, far away. Mad Max: Fury Road was close behind with four, and Sam Mendes’ latest James Bond adventure Spectre, won two (Best British Film and Best Thriller).

In more than one category, the winners bucked the trends from the likes of the Oscars or BAFTAs: Leonardo DiCaprio, for example, won pretty much every award he was nominated for this year (and a few he wasn't), but here he was denied Best Actor. Instead, it was Matt Damon ruling the roost, for his charismatic turn in Ridley Scott’s The Martian. He accepted the award from his Bourne director Paul Greengrass.

Empire awards

The awards also paid tribute to some of Empire’s favourite people. Paddy Considine was presented the Empire Inspiration award by his frequent collaborator and friend Shane Meadows; Stanley ‘The Tucc’ Tucci took home the Empire Hero award; and Empire's editor Terri White led an emotional posthumous tribute to Empire Legend Alan Rickman.

All in all, it was quite a night. You can see full coverage of the ceremony, from live-blogs and galleries, by clicking right here. The full list of winners and nominees are below.

Jameson Empire Awards

BEST MALE NEWCOMER

Winner: John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Abraham Attah (Beasts Of No Nation)

Thomas Mann (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl)

Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton)

Jacob Tremblay (Room)

BEST FEMALE NEWCOMER

Winner: Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Olivia Cooke (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl)

Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation)

Maika Monroe (It Follows)

Bel Powley (The Diary Of A Teenage Girl)

BEST SCI-FI/FANTASY

Winner: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2

Jurassic World

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

BEST COMEDY presented by Absolute Radio

Winner: Spy

Ant-Man

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl

Trainwreck

Inside Out

BEST HORROR

Winner: The Hallow

Crimson Peak

Insidious: Chapter 3

It Follows

Krampus

BEST THRILLER presented by Corinthia Hotel London

Winner: Spectre

Bridge Of Spies

The Gift

Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation

Sicario

BEST BRITISH FILM presented by The Hollywood Reporter

Winner: Spectre

45 Years

Legend

Macbeth

Suffragette

JAMESON BEST ACTOR

Winner: Matt Damon (The Martian)

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

Michael Fassbender (Macbeth/Steve Jobs)

Tom Hardy (Legend/Mad Max: Fury Road)

Michael B. Jordan (Creed)

BEST ACTRESS

Winner: Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)

Emily Blunt (Sicario)

Brie Larson (Room)

Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2)

Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road)

BEST DIRECTOR

Winner: J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Ryan Coogler (Creed)

Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant)

George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Ridley Scott (The Martian)

BEST FILM presented by Sky Movies

Winner: The Revenant

The Hateful Eight

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST TV SERIES

Winner: This Is England ’90

Marvel’s Daredevil

Fargo

Game Of Thrones

Marvel’s Jessica Jones

BEST SCREENPLAY

Winner: The Big Short — Adam McKay, Charles Randolph

The Hateful Eight – Quentin Tarantino

Spotlight — Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer

Steve Jobs – Aaron Sorkin

Trainwreck — Amy Schumer

BEST ANIMATED FILM

Winner: Inside Out

Minions

Shaun The Sheep The Movie

Song Of The Sea

The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Winner: Amy

Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief

He Named Me Malala

The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst

Making A Murderer

BEST SOUNDTRACK

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

The Hateful Eight

The Martian

Sicario

Straight Outta Compton

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

Carol

Cinderella

Crimson Peak

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST MAKE-UP AND HAIRSTYLING

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

Crimson Peak

The Danish Girl

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Winner: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Ant-Man

Jurassic World

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

BEST SHORT FILM presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey

Winner: World Of Tomorrow

Kung Fury

Lava

Sanjay’s Super Team

Stutterer

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

Crimson Peak

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2

The Martian

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST GAME

Winner: Batman: Arkham Knight

Bloodborne

Fallout 4

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

EMPIRE INSPIRATION

Paddy Considine

EMPIRE LEGEND

Alan Rickman

EMPIRE HERO

Stanley Tucci

Just so you know, whilst we may receive a commission or other compensation from the links on this website, we never allow this to influence product selections - read why you should trust us