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Rakuten TV Empire Awards 2018 winners announced

The honours were given out at a star-studded affair in London.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm

Empire magazine’s annual awards ceremony ‘Rakuten TV Empire Awards’ unveiled their list of 2018 winners last night during a star-studded ceremony.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the biggest winner on the night, picked up the most awards including the prestigious Best Film (presented by Sky Cinema) honour. Daisy Ridley also attended to collect her award for Best Actress (presented by Rakuten TV), as did Rian Johnson who was Best Director (presented by Vue Entertainment).

Star Wars: The Last Jedi was also honoured in the Visual Effects and Costume categories. Star Wars hero Mark Hamill there too and was honoured with Empire’s Icon Award (presented by BMW).

The legend that is Steven Spielberg (The Post) also attended to receive Empire’s Legend of Our Lifetime Award (presented by Rakuten TV).

Empire bestowed two further honourary awards at the ceremony to celebrate the industry’s greatest talents. Firstly, Amma Asante (A United Kingdom) was awarded the Empire Inspiration Award in recognition of her commitment to British filmmaking and her importance as a trailblazer for female filmmakers.

Baby Driver director Edgar Wright was also celebrated with Empire’s brand-new Visionary Award.

Hollywood mega-star Hugh Jackman attended to collect the Best Actor Award (presented by Rakuten TV) for his definitive lead performance in critically-acclaimed fan-favourite Logan. Jackman was joined by his talented young co-star Dafne Keen who was voted Best Female Newcomer (presented by Hilton Park Lane).

God’s Own Country took home Best British Film (presented by The Hollywood Reporter), and Josh O’Connor picked up Best Male Newcomer for his role as Johnny Saxby in the film.

Whilst in the world of TV, The Crown picked up the award for Best TV Series (presented by Three), and Star Trek Discovery’s Jason Isaacs and Big Little Lies’ Nicole Kidman won Best Actor and Actress.

All films can be found on the Rakuten TV platform here:

Check out the full list of winners below;

Empire Legend of our Lifetime Award

Steven Spielberg

Empire Visionary Award

Edgar Wright

Empire Inspiration

Amma Asante

Empire Icon

Mark Hamill


Best Film

Call Me by Your Name

Get Out

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – WINNER

Thor: Ragnarok

Wonder Woman


Best British Film

Darkest Hour


God’s Own Country – WINNER

Paddington 2

The Death of Stalin


Best Director

Patty Jenkins – Wonder Woman

Rian Johnson – Star Wars: The Last Jedi – WINNER

Jordan Peele – Get Out

Taika Waititi – Thor: Ragnarok

Edgar Wright – Baby Driver


Best Screenplay

Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin and Peter Fellows – The Death of Stalin

James Ivory – Call Me by Your Name

Francis Lee – God’s Own Country

Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Jordan Peele – Get Out – WINNER


Best Actor

John Boyega – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Armie Hammer – Call Me by Your Name

Hugh Jackman – Logan – WINNER

Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour

Andy Serkis – War for the Planet of the Apes


Best Actress

Gal Gadot – Wonder Woman

Tiffany Haddish – Girls Trip

Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Last Jedi – WINNER

Emma Watson – Beauty and the Beast


Best Male Newcomer

Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name

Ansel Elgort -Baby Driver

Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out

Josh O’Connor – God’s Own Country – WINNER

Fionn Whitehead – Dunkirk


Best Female Newcomer

Emily Beecham – Daphne

Dafne Keen – Logan – WINNER

Florence Pugh – Lady Macbeth

Tessa Thompson – Thor: Ragnarok

Kelly Marie Tran – Star Wars: The Last Jedi


Best Comedy

Girls Trip

The Big Sick

The Death of Stalin – WINNER

The Disaster Artist

Toni Erdmann


Best Horror

Get Out – WINNER




The Autopsy of Jane Doe


Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Blade Runner 2049


Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Thor: Ragnarok

Wonder Woman – WINNER


Best Thriller

Baby Driver

John Wick: Chapter 2

Kingsman: The Golden Circle – WINNER

The Handmaiden

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


Best Animated Film

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie


My Life as a Courgette

The Lego Batman Movie

The Red Turtle


Best Documentary

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

City of Ghosts

I Am Not Your Negro – WINNER

I Called Him Morgan

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond 


Best Production Design

Baby Driver – WINNER


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Thor: Ragnarok


Best Soundtrack

Baby Driver – WINNER

Beauty and the Beast

Call Me by Your Name

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Logan Lucky


Best Visual Effects

Ghost in the Shell

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – WINNER

Thor: Ragnarok

War for the Planet of the Apes


Best Costume Design

Alexandra Byrne – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Michael Kaplan – Star Wars: The Last Jedi – WINNER

The Death of Stalin

Ellen Mirojnick – The Greatest Showman

Mayes C. Rubeo – Thor: Ragnarok


Best Makeup and Hair Styling

Beauty and the Beast – WINNER

Ghost in the Shell

Murder on the Orient Express

The Greatest Showman

Thor: Ragnarok


Best TV Series 

Big Little Lies

Stranger Things

The Crown – WINNER

The Handmaid’s Tale

Twin Peaks


Best Actor in a TV Series

Jason Isaacs – Star Trek: Discovery – WINNER

Kyle MacLachlan – Twin Peaks

Alexander Skarsgård – Big Little Lies

Matt Smith – The Crown

Dan Stevens – Legion


Best Actress in a TV Series

Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things

Claire Foy – The Crown

Nicole Kidman – Big Little Lies – WINNER

Elizabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale

Reese Witherspoon – Big Little Lies 


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