Skyfall wins big at Empire Film Awards

2013-03-25 13:45
London - Skyfall and its director Sam Mendes were the big winners at the Jameson Empire Film Awards in London on Sunday night.

The latest James Bond movie - which led the nominations and was recently crowned the highest-grossing film in British box office history - won Best Film and its director Sam won Best Director as well as the Empire Inspiration Award.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey star Martin Freeman won the Jameson Best Actor gong, while Jennifer Lawrence, 22, was named Best Actress for her portrayal of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games.

The modest 41-year-old British actor admitted he was surprised to come out on top in the public vote ahead of Daniel Craig, Robert Downey Jr, Daniel Day-Lewis and Christoph Waltz in the prestigious category. He said: "It's possible that my performance was not the best of the year, but I'll take it."

The adventure movie also won the Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy award. Dame Helen Mirren, 67, was named Empire Legend at the ceremony in the Grosvenor House Hotel.

Accepting the accolade, she said: "I feel more of a leg-over than a legend. I have been more in my career."

Daniel Radcliffe was awarded Empire Hero. Other big winners included the movie Ted, which was named Best Comedy, while newly single director Danny Boyle was honoured with the Empire Outstanding Contribution award.

The full list of Jameson Empire Awards 2013 winners:

Best Male Newcomer presented by Entertainment Tonight
Tom Holland for The Impossible

Best Female Newcomer
Samantha Barks for Les Miserables

Best Comedy presented by Magic 105.4

Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Best Thriller presented by Vue Entertainment

Best Horror presented by Cafe de Paris
The Woman In Black

The Art Of 3D presented by RealD
Dredd 3D

Best British Film presented by Tresor Paris

Best Director presented by Monitor Audio
Sam Mendes for Skyfall

Best Actor
Martin Freeman for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Best Actress presented by Citroen
Jennifer Lawrence for The Hunger Games

Best Film presented by Sky Movies

Inspiration Award presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey
Sam Mendes

Empire Legend
Helen Mirren

Empire Hero
Daniel Radcliffe

Empire Outstanding Contribution
Danny Boyle