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Jameson Empire Awards 2013: Skyfall leads nominees

Skyfall

Story by Jack Foley

JAMES Bond movie Skyfall leads the nominees at the Jameson Empire Awards 2013 with six nods.

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.

Skyfall tops off its huge box-office success in what was James Bond’s 50th anniversary year with nominations for Best Thriller, Best British Film, Best Director (Sam Mendes), Jameson Best Actor (Daniel Craig), Best Actress (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 (along with Looper, Prometheus and Dredd 3D), The Art Of 3D (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 and Best Female Newcomer categories, plus nods for Best British Film and Best Horror.

Also competing for Best Horror are Sinister, The Woman In Black, Dark Shadows and The Cabin In The Woods.

In the best actress category, Oscar winner sAnne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence are 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).

The Jameson Empire Awards also recognise 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.

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.

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 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!.

And 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).

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 can now vote on the final shortlisted nominees at www.empireonline.com/awards2013