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Interstellar crowned best film at 2015 Jameson Empire Awards


Story by Jack Foley

CHRISTOPHER Nolan and his sci-fi epic Interstellar enjoyed a night to remember at the 2015 Jameson Empire Awards after picking up several of the top awards.

Interstellar was named best film, while Nolan himself took best director as well as the Empire Inspiration.

Commenting on the latter prize, Nolan dedicated his trophy to his wife, Emma, who he said had “been there from the start and nothing would be possible without her”.

He also praised Empire magazine itself, adding: “I was thrilled when Empire came along. It has a respect for the craft of filmmaking but never leaves behind the mass appeal of movies and the fun.”

Upon picking up the best director trophy, he went on to thank the readers of Empire, as well as his brother, Jonah, “who wrote the script and Kip Thorne who gave us the science”.

It was left to Emma Thomas and Jessica Chastain to comment on Interstellar’s win for best film, with the latter commenting: “All I have to say is that the second I got a call from my agent asking if I was interested in a role in a Christopher Nolan film I said I didn’t even need to read the script because I love this team. What I loved was the message that love transcends time and space, because I believe that.”

Of the other big winners on the night, Andy Serkis was crowned best actor for his role in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

After exclaiming, “holy fuckamole”, the actor – best known for his work with revolutionising what can be done with performance capture, said: “Well listen, Stephen Hawking, Alan Turing, Caesar. Amazing performances from all those actors, but what I’m most gratified about to receive this is that there are voices out there and ears out there to notice what’s happening in filmmaking.

“Empire has always been supportive of performance capture. The readers are so much more well informed than most of the film industry; it’s extraordinary.”

The best actress prize went to Rosamund Pike for her performance in David Fincher’s Gone Girl – although she was not present to pick up the accolade.

The best British film went to Matthew Vaughn’s spy movie Kingsman: The Secret Service, one of whose leading men, Taron Egerton, also took home the best male newcomer prize.

While Karen Gillen won the female equivalent of the newcomer prize.

Best horror went to The Babadook, X-Men: Days of Future Past picked up best sci-fi/fantasy and The Imitation Game – which had gone into the ceremony with the most nominations – won best thriller.

Family favourite Paddington was named best comedy.

The awards night – hosted by James Nesbitt – was rounded off with the presentation of the Empire Legend award, which this year went to British actor Ralph Fiennes.

Speaking with typical eloquence and humility, Fiennes said he was feeling “a mixture of slight embarrassment and delight, joy and gob-smack” at being named ‘legend’, while referring to himself as both “clumsy” and “hammy” at times. He also acknowledged the way “my arse has been saved, and occasionally enhanced” by the many directors he had worked with.

Winners in full

Best Newcomer — Male
Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood)
Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service)
Daniel Huttlestone (Into The Woods)
Jack O’Connell (Unbroken)
Dan Stevens (The Guest)

Best Newcomer — Female
Sophie Cookson (Kingsman: The Secret Service)
Carrie Coon (Gone Girl)
Essie Davis (The Babadook)
Karen Gillan (Guardians Of The Galaxy/Oculus)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle)

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy presented by MediCinema
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Guardians Of The Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Best Horror
The Babadook
The Guest
Under The Skin

Best Comedy presented by Absolute Radio
22 Jump Street
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Inbetweeners 2
The LEGO® Movie

Best Thriller presented by Corinthia Hotel London
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game
Kingsman: The Secret Service

Best British Film
The Imitation Game
Kingsman: The Secret Service
The Theory Of Everything
Under The Skin

Jameson Best Actor
Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies)
Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory Of Everything)
Andy Serkis (Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes)

Best Actress
Emily Blunt (Edge Of Tomorrow)
Felicity Jones (The Theory Of Everything)
Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)

Best Director
Peter Jackson (The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Christopher Nolan (Interstellar)
Matt Reeves (Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes)
Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)

Best Film
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
The Imitation Game