Star Wars: The Force Awakens triumphs at the Empire film awards

The force was strong at last night’s Jameson Empire Awards as sci-fi blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens emerged as the big winner, scooping five gongs including best sci-fi/fantasy, best visual effects and best director for JJ Abrams.

There were also awards for Star Wars actors John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, who won the best male and female newcomer prizes respectively.

The Force Awakens trumped Mad Max: Fury Road, which took a respectable four awards, with recognition for its make-up, costumes, soundtrack and production design at the central London event.

aliciaMad Max: Fury Road had gone into last night’s (March 20) awards with 10 nominations to Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ nine.

But neither title took home the best film award, which went to The Revenant.

Matt Damon was on hand to accept his best actor award for The Martian, while Alicia Vikander, pictured, took the best actress gong for her performance in The Danish Girl.

Spectre, Spy and The Hallow were named best thriller, comedy and horror respectively at a ceremony hosted by the writer and comedian David Walliams.

Spectre, the latest in the James Bond franchise, also collected the award for best British film, accepted by director Sam Mendes.

Actor and film-maker Paddy Considine was handed the Empire Inspiration award by director Shane Meadows, who was honoured in turn for his Channel 4 TV series This is England ’90.

Stanley Tucci was presented with the Empire Hero award, and actor Alan Rickman was posthumously presented the UK film magazine’s Legend award during a glitzy event that also saw prizes go to the documentary Amy, Pixar animation Inside Out and financial crisis comedy The Big Short.

 

THE JAMESON EMPIRE AWARDS 2016 WINNERS IN FULL
BEST COMEDY presented by Absolute Radio

Spy

BEST SCI-FI/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)
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 AND HAIRSTYLING

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 — WINNER

WINNER EMPIRE LEGEND

Alan Rickman

WINNER EMPIRE HERO

Stanley Tucci

WINNER EMPIRE INSPIRATION presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey

Paddy Considine