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Empire Awards 2017 - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story the big victor

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Story by Jack Foley

ROGUE One: A Star Wars Story has emerged as the big winner at the Three Empire Awards, claiming several of the event’s top prizes.

As well as Best Film, the sci-fi spin-off also saw leading lady Felicity Jones named best actress and Gareth Edwards claim best director.

Picking up her trophy, Jones said: “Thank you very much for this. Empire have been such a huge magazine in my life for so many years. It means a huge amount to get this.”

While Edwards said of his best director prize: “Jesus, I really wasn’t expecting this!” he says. “This is not the first time we’ve infiltrated the Empire and caused an upset. Hahahahaha! I feel really bad that I’ve cancelled my Empire subscription now.”

Eddie Redmayne was named best actor for his role in Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them. However, the British actor couldn’t be at London’s Roundhouse in person to claim the prize.

He said by way of video message: “Gutted I can’t be with you this evening… particularly as the Empire awards is renowned for being the most debauched evening. If it’s not going like that, maybe drink more.

“I will take this back to Leavesden and it will galvanise use as we move into the second film. I will keep this shiny object away from the Niffler.”

Of the night’s other prizes – which honour TV as well as specific genre categories such as sci-fi and horror – Ken Loach’s benefit drama I, Daniel Blake was named Best British Film, while BBC spy drama The Night Manager was crowned Best TV Series.

A Monster Calls, another film starring Felicity Jones, won the Best Sci-Fi Fantasy category, while “Jason Bourne”: was named Best Thriller.

Best Horror went to indie hit The Witch, while another horror title, The Greasy Stangler emerged as the surprise winner of Best Comedy.

Luc Besson received a standing ovation upon taking to the stage to receive the Empire Inspiration Award. While Tom Hiddleston was a popular winner of this year’s Empire Hero Award.

In his gracious and humorous acceptance speech, the actor said: “They say never meet your heroes. I’m lucky enough that I wouldn’t be standing here if I hadn’t met mine. I’ve been lucky enough to work with them. And if I haven’t worked with them, I’ve attempted an impersonation of them on The Graham Norton Show.”

All of the winners were selected by readers of Empire Movie Magazine.

The main winners (and categories) at a glance (winners appear in bold)

Best Male Newcomer
Julian Dennison (Hunt For The Wilderpeople)
Lewis MacDougall (A Monster Calls)
Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake)
Tom Holland (Captain America: Civil War)

Best Female Newcomer
Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch)
Sennia Nanua (The Girl With All the Gifts)
Sasha Lane (American Honey)
Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake)
Angourie Rice (Nice Guys)

Best Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Arrival
A Monster Calls
Doctor Strange
Rogue One
10 Cloverfield Lane

Best Comedy presented by Absolute Radio
Hunt For The Wilderpeople
Deadpool
The Nice Guys
The Greasy Strangler
Ghostbusters

Best Horror
Under The Shadow
The Witch
Green Room
The Conjuring 2
Don’t Breathe

Best Thriller
Victoria
Jason Bourne
Nocturnal Animals
Hell or High Water
Captain America: Civil War

Best British Film presented by The Hollywood Reporter
High Rise
I, Daniel Blake
The Girl With All The Gifts
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Eddie The Eagle

Best Actor presented by Three
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange)
Eddie Redmayne (Fantastic Beasts)

Best Actress presented by Three
Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
Amy Adams (Arrival)
Ruth Negga (Loving)
Emma Stone (La La Land)

Best Director presented by Vue Entertainment
Taika Waititi (Hunt For The Wilderpeople)
Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)
Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake)
Andrea Arnold (American Honey)
Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)

Best Film presented by Sky Cinema
Hunt For The Wilderpeople
Arrival
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Deadpool