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Jameson Empire Award Voters Favor British Home Team

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 30, 2014 at 4:28PM

Movie fans from the UK and other countries vote for the annual Jameson Empire Awards, which honor blockbusters, indies and British films alike. This year they went overboard for the home team.
Keira Knightley and James McAvoy
Keira Knightley and James McAvoy
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Movie fans from the UK and other countries vote for the annual Jameson Empire Awards, which honor blockbusters, indies and British films alike. 

Movie magazine Empire, which is celebrating 25 years (I was its first west coast editor), presented Lifetime awards to current coverboy Tom Cruise ("Edge of Tomorrow") as well as Arnold Schwarzenegger (whose "Sabotage" opened poorly this weekend). Cruise accepted the Legend of Our Lifetime award from Rosamund Pike, while The Action Hero of Our Lifetime award went to Schwarzenegger. Two more special Empire awards went to Hugh Jackman (Empire Icon award) and Simon Pegg (Empire Hero award). 

Pegg had a good night, as "The World’s End" took Best British Film. The voters favored their homegrown product all around. Steve Coogan's "Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa" took Best Comedy. James McAvoy ("Filth") and Emma Thompson ("Saving Mr. Banks"), respectively, nabbed the Jameson Best Actor and Best Actress prizes. Oscar® and BAFTA-nominee Sally Hawkins took home Best Supporting Actress for "Blue Jasmine." Michael Fassbender won the Best Supporting Actor for "12 Years a Slave."

Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson

"Gravity," which was filmed in the UK, won both Best Director (Oscar-winner Alfonso Cuarón) and Best Film.

Australian actress Margot Robbie collected the award for Best Female Newcomer for "The Wolf of Wall Street" while Irish actor Aidan Turner collected Best Male Newcomer for his role in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." Down Under director Peter Jackson’s epic sequel also took a second award for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film.

British director Paul Greengrass received the Empire Inspiration Award for his work on the Bourne trilogy and recent  "Captain Phillips."

Best Horror went to "The Conjuring" and Best Thriller to "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

The award stream is here. Full list of awards below.

This article is related to: Gravity, James McAvoy, Emma Thompson, Steve Coogan, Michael Fassbender, Empire Magazine, Awards, Awards, Tom Cruise, Alfonso Cuaron

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.