Sunday, 3 March 2013

SKYFALL LEADS THE WAY IN THE 18th JAMESON EMPIRE AWARDS NOMINATIONS

Sam Mendes’ Skyfall, recently crowned the biggest-ever UK box-office hit, leads the pack with six nominations for the Jameson Empire Awards 2013, it is announced today.

Joss Whedon’s Avengers Assemble and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follow closely behind with five nominations apiece, while British indie hit Sightseers keeps pace with Hollywood with four nominations.

Now in its 18th year, the Jameson Empire Awards has come of age and is firmly established in the ‘Awards Season’ calendar as an antidote to more formal, industry-voted awards. The Jameson Empire Awards are voted for entirely by the cinemagoing public, who have been voting in their thousands for their favourite films and performances of the past year. The public can now vote on the final shortlisted nominees and acknowledge films that may have missed out at other awards ceremonies. Film fans across the globe can vote at: www.empireonline.com/awards2013

Skyfall tops off its huge box-office success, in James Bond’s 50th anniversary year, with nominations across six categories: Best Thriller, Best British Film, Best Director, Jameson Best Actor (Daniel Craig), Best Actress presented by Citroën (Dame Judi Dench), and Best Film presented by Sky Movies.

Avengers Assemble and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey go head-to-head in five categories: Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy (with strong competition from Looper, Prometheus and Dredd 3D), The Art Of 3D presented by RealD (up against Life Of Pi, Dredd 3D and Prometheus), Best Director and Best Film. Lead actors Robert Downey Jr. and Martin Freeman will fight it out in the Jameson Best Actor category against Daniel Craig, plus Oscar-winners Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained).

Sightseers picks up four nominations: one each for lead actors and co-writers Steve Oram and Alice Lowe in the Best Male Newcomer presented by Entertainment Tonight and Best Female Newcomer categories, plus nods for Best British Film and Best Horror presented by Café de Paris. Also competing for Best Horror are Sinister, The Woman In Black, Dark Shadows and The Cabin In The Woods.

The Jameson Empire Awards also recognises emerging talent. Best Male Newcomer includes two nominations for Life Of Pi, with Suraj Sharma and Rafe Spall up against Domhnall Gleeson (Anna Karenina), Steve Oram (Sightseers) and Tom Holland (The Impossible). Best Female Newcomer has Sightseers’ Alice Lowe joined by Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina), Samantha Barks (Les Misérables), Holliday Grainger (Great Expectations) and Quvenzhané Wallis, the youngest-ever Best Actress Oscar nominee, for Beasts Of The Southern Wild.

Best Actress presented by Citroën sees Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence nominated for performances in different films from those for which they won their Oscars: Hathaway for her role in The Dark Knight Rises and Lawrence for The Hunger Games. They will compete against Dame Judi Dench (Skyfall), Golden Globe-winner Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Naomi Watts (The Impossible).

Best Thriller sees the might of Golden Globe, BAFTA and Oscar-winner Argo take on Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty, plus popular foreign-language hits Jo Nesbo’s Headhunters and The Raid. Best Comedy presented by Magic 105.4 will be hard-fought, with the multi-award-winning Silver Linings Playbook competing with Ted, Moonrise Kingdom, 21 Jump Street and The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists!.

The best of the UK’s film talent will vie for the coveted title of Best British Film, with Skyfall up against Les Misérables, Sightseers, Dredd 3D and The Woman In Black.

Five of the biggest directors in the world will compete for the prize of Best Director and Best Film presented by Sky Movies, with Sam Mendes (Skyfall) taking on Joss Whedon (Avengers Assemble), Peter Jackson (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises) and Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained).

The Jameson Empire Awards 2013 Nominations

Best Male Newcomer presented by Entertainment Tonight
  • Domhnall Gleeson (Anna Karenina)
  • Rafe Spall (Life Of Pi)
  • Steve Oram (Sightseers)
  • Suraj Sharma (Life Of Pi)
  • Tom Holland (The Impossible)
Best Female Newcomer
  • Alice Lowe (Sightseers)
  • Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina)
  • Holliday Grainger (Great Expectations)
  • Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts Of The Southern Wild)
  • Samantha Barks (Les Misérables)
Best Comedy presented by Magic 105.4
  • 21 Jump Street
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists!
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Ted
Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy
  • Dredd 3D
  • Looper
  • Avengers Assemble
  • Prometheus
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Best Thriller
  • Argo
  • Jo Nesbo’s Headhunters
  • Skyfall
  • The Raid
  • Zero Dark Thirty
Best Horror presented by Café de Paris
  • Dark Shadows
  • Sightseers
  • Sinister
  • The Cabin In The Woods
  • The Woman In Black
The Art Of 3D presented by RealD
  • Dredd 3D
  • Life Of Pi
  • Avengers Assemble
  • Prometheus
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Best British Film
  • Dredd 3D
  • Les Misérables
  • Sightseers
  • Skyfall
  • The Woman In Black
Best Director
  • Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises)
  • Joss Whedon (Avengers Assemble)
  • Peter Jackson (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
  • Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
  • Sam Mendes (Skyfall)
Jameson Best Actor
  • Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
  • Daniel Craig (Skyfall)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
  • Martin Freeman (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
  • Robert Downey Jr. (Avengers Assemble)
Best Actress presented by Citroën
  • Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games)
  • Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
  • Dame Judi Dench (Skyfall)
  • Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
Best Film presented by Sky Movies
  • Django Unchained
  • Avengers Assemble
  • Skyfall
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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