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."
"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.