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Avatar a triple winner at Empire Movie Awards (2010)

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Story by Jack Foley

JAMES Cameron’s sci-fi epic Avatar has been named best film at the Jameson Empire Awards in London.

The filmmaker also took best director at the awards ceremony, as voted for by readers of Empire magazine, while one of the film’s stars, Zoe Saldana, was recognised for her performance-captured turn as Neytiri.

Of the night’s other big prizes, Inglourious Basterds star Christoph Waltz was crowned best actor for his multi-lingual portrayal of Col. Hans Landa, while Aaron Johnson was named best newcomer for his performance in John Lennon movie Nowhere Boy.

Star Trek took best sci-fi movie, Swedish vampire drama Let The Right One In was named best horror and British satire In The Loop deservedly took best comedy.

The special Empire Icon award was presented to Sir Ian McKellen by his recent stage mate and former X-Men nemesis, Sir Patrick Stewart.

View photos from the ceremony

The winners in full:

Best Film
Avatar

Best Director
James Cameron

Best Thriller
Sherlock Holmes

Best Horror
Let The Right One In

Best Comedy
In The Loop

Best Sci-fi
Star Trek

Best Actor
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Best Actress
Zoe Saldana, Avatar

Best Newcomer
Aaron Johnson, Nowhere Boy

Best British Film
Harry Brown

Empire Icon
Sir Ian McKellen

Empire Inspiration
Andy Serkis

Empire Hero
Jude Law

Outstanding Contribution To British Cinema
Ray Winstone

Read our coverage of Avatar or go to Empire Online for in-depth awards coverage, quotes and photos.