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Jameson Empire Awards’ star-studded turnout: Sam Mendes, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Dame Helen Mirren, Daniel Radcliffe


March 25, 2013/4.15

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The Jameson Empire Awards took place at the Grosvenor House, a J. W. Marriott Hotel, in Park Lane in London at the weekend, with Sam Mendes, Dame Helen Mirren, Daniel Radcliffe, Martin Freeman, and Jennifer Lawrence among those honoured.
   Other VIPs included Sir Ian McKellen, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Kevin Spacey, Mark Strong, Vanessa Kirby, Beth Tweddle, Ellie Goulding, Alexandra Roach, Edgar Wright, Robert Sheehan, Johnny Vegas, Michael G. Wilson, Jonathan Ross, Nick Park, Sam Claflin, Laura Haddock, Tom Riley, Laura Whitmore, Maia Dunphy, Mariella Frostrup, Rickie Haywood Williams, Melvin O’Doom, Dexter Fletcher and Blake Harrison. Ed Byrne was host.
   The Empire Awards, which celebrate the best movies of the previous year, are judged based on an international public vote.
   Mendes picked up three awards for the James Bond film Skyfall, including the Empire Inspiration award presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey, as well as Best Film, presented by Sky Movies, and Best Director, presented by Monitor Audio.
   The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey won two awards, for Best Sci-Fi or Fantasy Film, presented by MediCinema, and the Jameson Best Actor award, presented by Rebecca Hall, which went to Martin Freeman.
   Sightseers was Best British Film, presented by Trésor Paris.
   Dame Helen Mirren took home the second Empire Legend award, presented by Tom Hiddleston, for her career, which has seen films such as The Queen and Hitchcock. Director Danny Boyle won the Empire Outstanding Contribution award, for his films, including Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire and Trance.
   Daniel Radcliffe won the Empire Hero award, presented to him by director James Watkins.
   Jennifer Lawrence, who was not present at the awards, thanked audiences from location in Hawai‘i, after winning Best Actress, presented by Citroën, for The Hunger Games.
   Tom Holland won Best Male Newcomer for The Impossible, presented by Entertainment Tonight, while Samantha Barks won Best Female Newcomer for Les Misérables.
   Ted won Best Comedy, presented by Magic 105.4; Headhunters won Best Thriller, presented by Vue Entertainment; and Dredd 3D picked up the Art of 3D award, presented by RealD.
   The Jameson Empire Done in 60 Seconds short film award was won by Philip Askins, for his remake of Blade Runner. Tom Hiddleston, Edith Bowman, Alex Zane, Joanne Froggatt, Bauer Media CEO Paul Keenan and Empire editor-in-chief Mark Dinning served on the judging panel.
   The Awards will be televised on March 30 at 8.30 p.m. on Sky Movies in the UK, and repeated the following night at 7.30 p.m. on Sky Movies Showcase. To celebrate the awards, US readers can download Empire’s US edition for Ipad free from now through March 27.

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