March 30 saw the 19th annual Jameson Empire Awards, once again held at Grosvenor House, in Park Lane .The best films and filmmakers of the past years were voted for by the cinema-going public.
To celebrate 25 years of the magazine, Empire bestowed two special Lifetime awards on star guests Tom Cruise and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Current Empire cover-star Cruise was presented with Empire’s Legend of Our Lifetime award by Rosamund Pike.
Two further special awards were presented by Empire to Hugh Jackman and Simon Pegg. Jackman attended the ceremony to receive the Empire Icon award while Simon Pegg collected the Empire Hero award.
Pegg’s recent film The World’s End took Best British Film award. James McAvoy and Emma Thompson took the Jameson Best Actor and Best Actress awards and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa was awarded Best Comedy. In addition, Oscar and BAFTA-nominee Sally Hawkins received the award for Best Supporting Actress for Blue Jasmine. Michael Fassbender won the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in 12 Years a Slave.
In the Newcomer categories Margot Robbie won the award for Best Female Newcomer for her performance in The Wolf of Wall Street while Aidan Turner collected Best Male Newcomer for his role in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Peter Jackson’s Hobbit sequel also took a second award for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film.
Gravity took multiple awards, and director Alfonso Cuarón triumphed in the Best Director category and also received the prestigious Best Film accolade, presented by Sky Movies. British director Paul Greengrass also received the Empire Inspiration Award, presented by Mazda Motors UK, for his work on the Bourne trilogy and Captain Phillips.
In the genre awards, Best Horror went to The Conjuring, and Best Thriller presented by Quaglino’s was awarded to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.