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Jameson Empire Award Voters Favor British Home Team

Jameson Empire Award Voters Favor British Home Team

Movie fans from the UK and other countries vote for the annual Jameson Empire Awards, which honor blockbusters, indies and British films alike. 

Movie magazine Empire, which is celebrating 25 years (I was its first west coast editor), presented Lifetime awards to current coverboy Tom Cruise (“Edge of Tomorrow”) as well as Arnold Schwarzenegger (whose “Sabotage” opened poorly this weekend). Cruise accepted the Legend of Our Lifetime award from Rosamund Pike, while The Action Hero of Our Lifetime award went to Schwarzenegger. Two more special Empire awards went to Hugh Jackman (Empire Icon award) and Simon Pegg (Empire Hero award). 

Pegg had a good night, as “The World’s End” took Best British Film. The voters favored their homegrown product all around. Steve Coogan’s “Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa” took Best Comedy. James McAvoy (“Filth”) and Emma Thompson (“Saving Mr. Banks”), respectively, nabbed the Jameson Best Actor and Best Actress prizes. Oscar® and BAFTA-nominee Sally Hawkins took home Best Supporting Actress for “Blue Jasmine.” Michael Fassbender won the Best Supporting Actor for “12 Years a Slave.”

“Gravity,” which was filmed in the UK, won both Best Director (Oscar-winner Alfonso Cuarón) and Best Film.

Australian actress Margot Robbie collected the award for Best Female Newcomer for “The Wolf of Wall Street” while Irish actor Aidan Turner collected Best Male Newcomer for his role in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” Down Under director Peter Jackson’s epic sequel also took a second award for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film.

British director Paul Greengrass received the Empire Inspiration Award for his work on the Bourne trilogy and recent  “Captain Phillips.”

Best Horror went to “The Conjuring” and Best Thriller to “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

The award stream is here. Full list of awards below.

The Jameson Empire Awards 2014 Winners*

EMPIRE 25th AWARD: The Legend of Our Lifetime

Presented by: Rosamund Pike

Tom Cruise

EMPIRE 25th AWARD: The Action Hero of Our Lifetime

Presented by: Jonathan Ross

Arnold Schwarzenegger

EMPIRE ICON presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey

Presented by: Darren Aronofsky

Hugh Jackman


Presented by: JJ Abrams

Simon Pegg

EMPIRE INSPIRATION presented by Mazda Motors UK

Presented by: Brian Cox

Paul Greengrass

Best Male Newcomer presented by Tresor Paris

Presented by: Sarah Harding

·         Aidan Turner (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug)

Best Female Newcomer presented by Max Factor

Presented by: Richard Armitage

·         Margot Robbie (The Wolf Of Wall Street)

Best Horror

Presented by: MyAnna Buring

·         The Conjuring

Best Comedy presented by Magic 105.4

Presented by: The Inbetweeners cast

·         Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

Best Thriller presented by Quaglino’s

Presented by: Stacy Martin & Jamie Campbell Bower

·         The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy presented by MediCinema

Presented by: Sophie Turner & Thomas Brodie-Sangster

·         The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Best Supporting Actor presented by The National Lottery

Presented by: Celia Imrie

·         Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave)

Best Supporting Actress

Presented by: Richard E Grant

·         Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)

Best British Film

Presented by: Mark Gatiss

·         The World’s End

Best Actress presented by Max Factor

Presented by: Stephen Fry

·         Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)

Jameson Best Actor

Presented by: Kate Beckinsale

·         James McAvoy (Filth)

Best Director presented by Air New Zealand

Presented by: Logan Lerman & Douglas Booth

·         Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)

Best Film presented by Sky Movies

Presented by: Professor Brian Cox

·         Gravity


Presented by: Edith Bowman, Ben Wheatley, Alex Zane

David Smith, There Will Be Blood

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Emma Thompson forever. I am happy. Shame Academy Awards: She is not in nomination Oscar. I want Emma in nomination Oscar: Effie Gray? Men, Women and Children? Love Punch?


Never in doubt for James McAvoy win, incredible performance in a film too daring to be recognised by BAFTA or US distributors. Well done Empire readers, true movie fans!

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