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INTERSTELLAR continues to soar at the 20th Jameson Empire Awards, taking Best Film, Best Director and Empire Inspiration Award for Christopher Nolan

30 March 2015

British films and filmmaking talent victorious across the board

The best films and filmmakers of the past year, as voted for by readers of Empire magazine and film fans around the globe, were honoured this evening at the 20th Jameson Empire Awards.

The big winner of the evening, taking the awards for Best Director, sponsored by Air New Zealand, and Best Film, presented by Viber, was Interstellar, whose director Christopher Nolan was also honoured with the prestigious Empire Inspiration award, presented to him by Interstellar actress and two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain. Star of Man of Steel and the forthcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, both produced by Nolan, Henry Cavill presented the Best Director award, while Kit Harington and Peter Firth, stars of Spooks: The Greater Good, presented the Best Film award.

Two further special awards were presented by Empire magazine: Empire Hero and Empire Legend. Marking the first time an Empire Award has gone to a TV show, the cast of HBO’s Game of Thrones received the Empire Hero Award in celebration of the popularity of the epic series, about to return to screens for a fifth season and largely shot in Northern Ireland. Last year’s Empire Hero Simon Pegg presented the award to an array of Game of Thrones stars, including Kit Harington, Liam Cunningham, Indira Varma, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Isaac Hempstead Wright. As previously announced, Empire Legend, presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey, went to award-winning actor-director Ralph Fiennes, who received his award from Liam Neeson.



More British actors triumphed in the acting categories, as voted for by Empire readers and film fans, with Andy Serkis picking up Jameson Best Actor for his role as Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, presented to him by Bond star Olga Kurylenko. Best Actress, presented by Max Factor, went to Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike, who submitted a charming acceptance video for the event. The newcomer categories recognised rising British stars, with Karen Gillan collecting Best Female Newcomer, presented by Max Factor, for her roles in both Guardians of the Galaxy and Oculus and Taron Egerton, star of Kingsman: The Secret Service, named Best Male Newcomer.

Kingsman: The Secret Service joined Interstellar as the second film to receive two awards voted for by the public, taking the award for Best British Film, presented by The Hollywood Reporter. Stars Mark Strong, Sophie Cookson and Sofia Boutella joined writer Jane Goldman and original comic-book creators Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar to collect the award from James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe, co-stars in the forthcoming Victor Frankenstein.

Further British films to be honoured at the event included box-office hits The Imitation Game, awarded Best Thriller, presented by Corinthia Hotel London, and Paddington, which took Best Comedy, presented by Absolute Radio. Co-stars Mark Strong and Alex Lawther collected for The Imitation Game, while Peter Capaldi, director Paul King and Karen Jankel, daughter of Paddington author Michael Bond, were presented with the Best Comedy award by Toast of London star Matt Berry.



Continuing to recognise the diverse tastes of cinema-goers, two further awards dedicated to popular genres were bestowed. Best Horror, presented by Vue Cinema, went to Australian cult movie The Babadook. Best Sci-Fi/ Fantasy, sponsored by MediCinema, was awarded to X-Men: Days of Future Past and collected by star of the film (and last year’s Jameson Best Actor) James McAvoy.

A remake of the cult classic Ghostbusters was awarded the annual Jameson Empire Done in 60 Seconds short film award, presented to its directors Oliver Jones and Robert Kenyon by jury member Edith Bowman. A total of 355 contestants from nine countries submitted a 60-second remake of their favourite film to enter this year’s competition, four of which were then short-listed to screen during the awards. The entries were judged by a panel of film experts including, Edith Bowman, Ben Wheatley, Jon S. Baird, Nira Park, and Paul Keenan, CEO of Bauer Media, owners of Empire Magazine. All 2015 entries and finalists are available to watch on the Jameson YouTube channel

James Nesbitt hosted the 20th annual Jameson Empire Awards, which were once again held at Grosvenor House, a JE Marriott Hotel, in Park Lane in the heart of London’s Mayfair. In attendance at the awards were nominees, presenters and other distinguished guests from the entertainment world, including: Christopher Nolan; Jessica Chastain; Ralph Fiennes; Liam Neeson; Henry Cavill; Andy Serkis; Peter Capaldi; James McAvoy; Daniel Radcliffe; Hayley Atwell; Jason Isaacs; Gemma Chan; Mark Strong; Olga Kurylenko; Simon Pegg; Kit Harington; Simon Bird; Blake Harrison; Karen Gillan; Matt Berry; Reece Shearsmith; Robert Sheehan; Jane Goldman; Jonathan Ross; Antonia Thomas; Ben Wheatley; Jon S. Baird; Freddie Highmore; Eleanor Matsuura; Paul King; Sophie Cookson; Liam Cunningham; Isaac Hempstead-Wright; Thomas Brodie-Sangster; Dean-Charles Chapman; Indira Varma; Ian Hislop; Edith Bowman.

Empire editor-in-chief Morgan Rees concludes: “It was a pleasure and an honour to witness another triumphant evening at Grosvenor House. It's an Awards show where the winners are selected by true cinema fans, and where the movie stars and filmmakers can relax a little and really enjoy themselves. Mixing Christopher Nolan, Ralph Fiennes and Game of Thrones into one evening proved to be a particularly heady celebrity cocktail.”

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Bauer Media UK reaches over 22 million UK consumers through a portfolio of world-class, multi-platform media and entertainment brands including Empire, heat, Kiss, Grazia, Magic and Absolute Radio. It creates and curates entertaining media content that audiences love whenever, wherever and however they want through a multi-channel strategy and a focus on product excellence and audience insight. The result is an exciting array of influential brands, content and talent, which provide compelling and engaging advertising opportunities with valuable audiences for UK commercial partners. Bauer Media UK is part of the Bauer Media Group, one of the world’s largest privately owned media businesses with media assets all over the globe.

Jameson Irish Whiskey is the world’s No. 1-selling Irish whiskey. The success of the Irish brand is down to its great quality and smooth taste, coupled with a fantastic heritage, established in 1780 by the legendary John Jameson. Having played a part in film since 1998, today Jameson is involved with film festivals and events that celebrate the passion and craft of filmmaking, including Jameson Cult Film Club, the Jameson Empire Done In 60 Seconds competition, the Jameson Empire Awards and Jameson First Shot, a short film competition run in partnership with Kevin Spacey and Trigger Street Productions.


Best Newcomer — Male
Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood)
Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service)
Daniel Huttlestone (Into The Woods)
Jack O’Connell (Unbroken)
Dan Stevens (The Guest)

Best Newcomer — Female presented by Max Factor
Sophie Cookson (Kingsman: The Secret Service)
Carrie Coon (Gone Girl)
Essie Davis (The Babadook)
Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy/Oculus)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle)

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy presented by MediCinema
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Horror presented by Vue Cinema
The Babadook
The Guest
Under the Skin

Best Comedy presented by Absolute Radio
22 Jump Street
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Inbetweeners 2
The LEGO® Movie

Best Thriller presented by Corinthia Hotel London
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
Kingsman: The Secret Service

Best British Film presented by The Hollywood Reporter
The Imitation Game
Kingsman: The Secret Service
The Theory of Everything
Under The Skin

Jameson Best Actor
Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies)
Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)

Best Actress presented by Max Factor
Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow)
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)

Best Director presented by Air New Zealand
Peter Jackson (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Christopher Nolan (Interstellar)
Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)

Best Film presented by Viber
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
The Imitation Game

Done In 60 Seconds

UK: Ghostbusters- Oliver Jones & Robert Kenyon - WINNER
Russia: The Grand Budapest Limited - Olga Goldfarb  & Daria Mikhailova
Bulgaria: Braveheart - Dimitar Kostadinov & Nataliya Petkova
Armenia: Harry Potter - Mkhitar Danielyan & Aram Hayrapetyan

WINNER Empire Hero
Game of Thrones

WINNER Empire Inspiration
Christopher Nolan

WINNER Empire Legend presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey
Ralph Fiennes


The Babadook (1)
Best Horror presented by Vue Cinema

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (1)
Jameson Best Actor - Andy Serkis

Guardians of the Galaxy (1)
Best Newcomer – Female presented by Max Factor – Karen Gillan

Gone Girl (1)
Best Actress presented by Max Factor – Rosamund Pike

The Imitation Game (1)
Best Thriller presented by Corinthia Hotel London

Interstellar (2)
Best Director presented by Air New Zealand – Christopher Nolan
Best Film presented by Viber

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2)
Best British Film presented by The Hollywood Reporter
Best Newcomer-Male – Taron Egerton

Oculus (1)
Best Newcomer – Female presented by Max Factor – Karen Gillan

Paddington (1)
Best Comedy presented by Absolute Radio

X-MEN: Days of Future Past (1)
Sci-Fi/Fantasy presented by MediCinema