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'The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug' & '12 Years A Slave' Lead 19th Empire Award Nominations

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by Oliver Lyttelton
February 25, 2014 8:59 AM
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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

In a week's time, the Oscars will be over, but that doesn't quite mean the end of awards season, with a few stragglers — normally more populist than high-minded — following in the weeks and months after. Now in their 19th year, the Jameson Empire Awards — run by the UK movie magazine — are more MTV Movie Awards than BAFTAs, in part because they're voted for by the public.

That's reflected by the nominees, which feature both critically-lauded Oscar contenders and sci-fi/fantasy blockbusters. Somewhat surprisingly, "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug" is ahead of the pack, with seven nods, followed by "12 Years A Slave" with six, and "Gravity" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" with five. It's a diverse mix, with everything from arthouse fare like "Blue Is The Warmest Color" and "Inside Llewyn Davis" to lower-brow fare like "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" and "Now You See Me" up for at least something. You can vote for the winners over at Empire here, and the ceremony takes place on Sunday March 30th. Read the full shortlist below. 

Best Male Newcomer

• Aidan Turner (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug)

• Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)

• George MacKay (Sunshine On Leith)

• Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis)

• Tye Sheridan (Mud)

• Will Poulter (We’re The Millers)

Best Female Newcomer

• Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is The Warmest Colour)

• Antonia Thomas (Sunshine On Leith)

• Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby)

• Freya Mavor (Sunshine On Leith)

• Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave)

• Margot Robbie (The Wolf Of Wall Street)

Best Horror

• A Field In England

• The Conjuring

• Evil Dead

• World War Z

• You’re Next

Best Comedy

• Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

• Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

• This Is 40

• This Is The End

• The World’s End

Best Thriller

• Captain Phillips

• The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

• Now You See Me

• Prisoners

• Trance

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy

• Gravity

• The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

• The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

• Pacific Rim

• Star Trek Into Darkness

Best Supporting Actor

• Daniel Brühl (Rush)

• Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave)

• Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)

• Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug)

• Tom Hiddleston (Thor: The Dark World)

Best Supporting Actress

• Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug)

• Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)

• Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave)

• Mia Wasikowska (Stoker)

• Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)

Best British Film

• Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

• Filth

• Rush

• Sunshine On Leith

• The World’s End

Best Actress

• Amy Adams (American Hustle)

• Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

• Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)

• Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)

• Sandra Bullock (Gravity)

Best Actor

• Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave)

• James McAvoy (Filth)

• Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf Of Wall Street)

• Martin Freeman (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug)

• Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)

Best Director 

• Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)

• Edgar Wright (The World’s End)

• Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)

• Peter Jackson (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug)

• Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave)

Best Film

• 12 Years A Slave

• Captain Phillips

• Gravity

• The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

• The Hunger Games: Catching Fire


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