"Skyfall" Director Sam Mendes
At this year's Jameson Empire Film Awards, hosted by Empire Magazine, Britain's top selling film publication, Sam Mendes' first Bond outing "Skyfall" took home the top honors. Other winners of the 18th annual included Dame Helen Mirren, Danny Boyle, Jennifer Lawrence, Mendes himself, Daniel Radcliffe, and Martin Freeman for "The Hobbit." Voted for by the magazine's readers across the globe, the awards celebrated the best in cinema in 2012 and were held at the Grosvenor House in London's Mayfair on Sunday, March 24.
Mendes took home the most awards this year, being honored with three for "Skyfall" including Best Film, Best Director, and the Empire Inspiration award. Mirren was honored with this year's Empire Legend award, presented by Tom Hiddleston for her numerous acclaimed performances across her career. The Empire Outstanding Contribution award was presented to Boyle for his directorial achievements for films including "Trainspotting," "Slumdog Millionaire," "127 Hours," and this year's "Trance."
"The Hobbit" won two awards including Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film and the Jameson Best Actor award presented to Freeman. Best Actress went to Lawrence for her role in "Silver Linings Playbook" while Radcliffe was presented with the Empire Hero award for his role in "Woman In Black," which also won Best Horror film. Best Female Newcomer went to Samantha Barks for "Les Miserables" and Tom Holland took home the Best Male Newcomer award for his role in "The Impossible." Other winners included "Ted" for Best Comedy, "Headhunters" for Best Thriller, "Dredd 3D" for The Art of 3D award, "Sightseers" for Best British Film," and the Empire Done In 60 Seconds short film award went to Philip Askins for his remake of "Blade Runner."
"Given how vibrant and exciting the world of movies is at the moment, it's perhaps no surprise that this year's Jameson Empire Awards have been the best ever," Empire Editor-In-Chief Mark Dinning said.
"In the year that box office records were smashed to pieces by the likes of 'Skyfall,'it is terrific to see the Empire readers honour those achievements, with the movie awards that actually reflect the films that people really care about."
The awards will be broadcast on British movie channel Sky Movies on March 30 at 8:30pm and available on Sky Go throughout the following week.