The Jameson Empire Awards for the best films of 2012 were handed out in London on March 24, with Sam Mendes taking top honors as Best Director, and 23rd Bond installment "Skyfall" receiving Best Picture as well as the Empire Award. Helen Mirren, who was honored with the Empire Legend award, noted that in Mendes' acceptance speech, none of his favorite classic film moments feature a woman behind the camera. She hopes things will get better. "Go girls," she says. Watch below, with a full list of winners included.
The awards are voted on by hundreds of thousands of readers of Empire, the world's largest movie magazine.
Our TOH! interview with Mendes is here.
- Helen Mirren won this year’s Empire Legend award, presented to her by Tom Hiddleston. She follows last year’s inaugural Legend winner, Tim Burton.
- Danny Boyle received the Empire Outstanding Contribution award for career achievement. (Our TOH! interview with Boyle is here.)
- Daniel Radcliffe won the Empire Hero award. He joins an illustrious list of previous winners including Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Jude Law.
- "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," which had been neck-and-neck with Avengers Assemble in the nominations with five apiece, claimed two wins, taking Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film presented by MediCinema and the Jameson Best Actor award, presented by Rebecca Hall, which was picked up by Martin Freeman.
- Jennifer Lawrence, who recently won the Oscar for her lead role in "Silver Linings Playbook," here won Best Actress presented by Citroën for her role in "The Hunger Games." (Our TOH! interview with Lawrence is here.)
- Best Male Newcomer presented by Entertainment Tonight went to Tom Holland for his role in The Impossible, whilst Best Female Newcomer was picked up by Samantha Barks for her role in Les Misérables.
- Seth Macfarlane's "Ted" was awarded Best Comedy while "Headhunters" won Best Thriller presented by Vue Entertainment. "Dredd 3D" picked up The Art Of 3D award presented by RealD.
- This year’s winner of Best British Film presented by Tresor Paris was Ben Wheatley's "Sightseers."
The Jameson Empire Done In 60 Seconds short film award-winner was Philip Askins for his remake of Blade Runner. He was shortlisted on a list of 22 nominees by the voting public, which were then whittled down to the Top 5 by 6 judges: Tom Hiddleston, Edith Bowman, Alex Zane, Joanne Froggatt, Bauer Media CEO Paul Keenan and Editor-In-Chief of Empire Mark Dinning, who finally picked their winner.