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The 19th Jameson Empire Awards: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug leads nominees

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Story by Jack Foley

THE Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug leads the nominees at this year’s Jameson Empire Awards with seven nominations.

Peter Jackson’s blockbuster beats Oscar favourite 12 Years A Slave, which has six nods, and underlines how the movie magazine’s awards tend to be more fan-focused than the Baftas and the Oscars.

Among the categories The Desolation of Smaug is shortlised in are best fantasy film, best actor (for Martin Freeman) and best film, as well as several supporting roles.

12 Years A Slave is also shortlisted in the best film category, as well as best actor (for Chiwetel Ejiofor), and for best supporting actor (Michael Fassbender).

Other multiple nominees include Captain Phillips, which has an equal number of nominations to action movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – five.

And Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass has also been chosen for this year’s inspiration prize in recognition of his work on films like The Bourne Supremacy, United 93 and Bloody Sunday.

Sci-fi drama Gravity received four nominations, including best film, best director and best actress, for Sandra Bullock.

The awards will be presented at a London ceremony on Sunday, March 30, 2014.

The public can vote for the shortlisted nominees at the Empire website.

Full list of nominees

Best film
12 Years A Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Best actor
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave)
James McAvoy (Filth)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf Of Wall Street)
Martin Freeman (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug)
Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)

Best actress
Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks)
Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)

Best supporting actor
Daniel Bruhl (Rush)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave)
Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug)
Tom Hiddleston (Thor: The Dark World)

Best supporting actress
Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave)
Mia Wasikowska (Stoker)
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)

Best director
Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
Edgar Wright (The World’s End)
Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)
Peter Jackson (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug)
Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave)

Best British film
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
Filth
Rush
Sunshine On Leith
The World’s End

Best horror
A Field In England
The Conjuring
Evil Dead
World War Z
You’re Next

Best comedy
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
This Is 40
This Is The End
The World’s End

Best thriller
Captain Phillips
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Now You See Me
Prisoners
Trance

Best sci-fi / fantasy
Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Pacific Rim
Star Trek Into Darkness

Best male newcomer
Aidan Turner (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug)
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
George MacKay (Sunshine On Leith)
Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis)
Tye Sheridan (Mud)
Will Poulter (We’re The Millers)

Best female newcomer
Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue Is The Warmest Colour)
Antonia Thomas (Sunshine On Leith)
Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby)
Freya Mavor (Sunshine On Leith)
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave)
Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street)