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

The Martian, Spectre, The Revenant & The Big Short also take home honours.

Credit: Jameson/Empire

The Jameson Empire Awards, hosted by David Walliams, took place in London last night marking the end of a lengthy awards season.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens  and Mad Max: Fury Road were the big winners on teh night. Star Wars favourites Anthony Daniels, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley were on-hand to accept the awards.

Mad Max: Fury Road won in the newly introduced craft categories, taking four awards in total for Best Soundtrack, Best Costume Design, Best Make-Up & Hair and Best Production Design.

Three honorary awards were bestowed by Empire magazine: Empire Inspiration presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey; Empire Hero; and Empire Legend.

British actor-director Paddy Considine was presented with the Empire Inspiration award by long-time collaborator and friend Shane Meadows.

Actor Stanley Tucci was named Empire Hero. Miranda Richardson, currently filming Churchill with Tucci, presented him with the award in recognition of his recent performances in high-profile films including the Hunger Games series and Spotlight.

The late Alan Rickman was posthumously named this year’s Empire Legend by Editor in Chief of Empire, Terri White and News Editor, Chris Hewitt who commented on stage: “This is a heartfelt tribute from the Empire staff to an actor who touched us all with his extraordinary career.”

Other stars of the screen honoured at the ceremony included Matt Damon, who was in attendance to receive the Jameson Best Actor award for his performance in The Martian. Director Paul Greengrass, who has recently reunited with Damon on the upcoming Jason Bourne, presented the award to him on stage. Alicia Vikander was named Best Actress for The Danish Girl, as announced by Richard E. Grant.

The top film awards of the evening – Best British Film presented by The Hollywood Reporter and Best Film presented by Sky Movies went to Spectre and The Revenant respectively. Director Sam Mendes collected the Best British Film award from Jonathan Ross for Spectre, which also won Best Thriller presented by Corinthia Hotel London.

Other new awards announced at the end of the ceremony included: Batman: Arkham Knight for Best Game presented by the Forever Hope Foundation; Inside Out for Best Animation; Amy for Best Documentary; The Big Short for Best Screenplay; and World Of Tomorrow for Best Short Film presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey.

The 21st annual Jameson Empire Awards were once again held at Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott Hotel, in Park Lane in the heart of London’s Mayfair. In attendance were nominees, presenters and other distinguished guests from the entertainment world, including: Matt Damon; Sam Mendes; Daisy Ridley; John Boyega; Anthony Daniels; Paul Greengrass; Miranda Richardson; Shane Meadows; Paddy Considine; Andy Serkis; Stanley Tucci; Laura Carmichael; Caitlin Moran; Max Irons; Jonathan Ross; Jane Goldman; Richard E. Grant; Thomas Turgoose; Sarah Gavron; Maisie Williams; Amara Karan; Daniel Mays; Craig Roberts; Peter Serafinowicz; Katherine Ryan; Edith Bowman; Johnny Vegas; Joseph Mawle; Meera Syal and Georgina Campbell.

The Jameson Empire Awards winners list:

Best Comedy presented by Absolute Radio – Spy 
Best SciFi/Fantasy – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Best Horror – The Hallow 
Best Thriller presented by Corinthia Hotel London – Spectre
Best Male Newcomer – John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Best Female Newcomer presented by the Forever Hope Foundation – Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Best British Film presented by The Hollywood Reporter – Spectre
Best Film presented by Sky Movies – The Revenant
Best TV Series presented by Wuaki TV – This Is England ’90
Best Director presented by Vue Entertainment – J. J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Best Actress – Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)
Jameson Best Actor – Matt Damon (The Martian)
Best Screenplay – The Big Short — Charles Randolph, Adam McKay
Best Animated Film – Inside Out 
Best Documentary – Amy
Best Soundtrack – Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Costume Design – Mad Max: Fury Road 
Best make-Up/Hair – Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Visual Effects – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Best Short Film presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey – World Of Tomorrow
Best Production Design – Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Game presented by the Forever Hope Foundation – Batman: Arkham Knight
Empire Legend – Alan Rickman
Empire Hero – Stanley Tucci
Empire Inspiration presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey – Paddy Considine

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