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Christoph Waltz Empire Awards

Christoph Waltz attends the Jameson Empire Film Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, on March 28, 2010 in London. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images for Jameson)

Noel Clarke and Shanika Warren-Markland presented the Best Actor Award to Waltz, one of the stars of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. Waltz won just about every single Best Supporting Actor in existence, and the Best Actor prize at last year's Cannes Film Festival as well.

"Thanks very much. This is voted for by the readers, I hear. That's a pretty democratic process for a magazine called Empire," Waltz told the crowd. "I always wondered where the E came from in OBEs and MBEs, and clearly it's Empire - but I digress. I can't hold an award of any kind without thanking Quentin Tarantino, out of whose wonderful imagination this came. Thank you!"

Quote: Empire Online

Jimi Mistry

Jimi Mistry attends the Jameson Empire Film Awards held at Grosvenor House Hotel, on March 28, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images for Jameson.)

Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen, veteran of stage and screen, poses with the Icon Award at the Winners Boards at the Jameson Empire Film Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, on March 28, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images for Jameson.)

Here's McKellen's speech, referring to Icon Award presenters Roger Rees and Patrick Stewart:

"These two beautiful men, I've been working with them separately on Waiting for Godot. The thing is that just one of them is gay, and it's very difficult to tell which one. After six months with Patrick in the dressing room I really thought I could live with him; he just wants to sit down and have a chat about his career. But Roger and I are far too alike; for one thing, we both have hair.

"But my dears, I'm terribly pleased to be here. I always set out to be a stage actor, but rather late in the day I made films that people actually saw - so let that be an inspiration to those of you who have not yet stood up here receiving one of these. Be ready for the luck when it comes, is my advice.

"I had a fantastic time making films. I still have no idea how it's done, but I enjoy finding out. That's one of the reasons I love doing this: you can always hope to get better. So thank you very much indeed."

Among Ian McKellen's screen credits are Richard III, Gods and Monsters, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

Quote source: Empire Online

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow presents Jude Law his The Hero Award at the Jameson Empire Film Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, on March 28, 2010 in London. (Photo by Handout/Jameson via Getty Images)

"Hi. I've had too much of the Jameson cocktails, so pardon me," Paltrow remarked in her intro. "The winner of this award is that rare breed who is both character actor and movie star, versatile and substantial. He's worked with some of the world's greatest filmmakers, the motherfucker."

"His work has traversed historical epics and modern fiction. He has played serious and silly but whatever the work he did it with style and charisma - but perhaps his best work was with Anthony Minghella. His relationship with Anthony has led to a triptych of work that is both credible and unique. In 2009 he created a Hamlet onstage in London and New York that was powerful, and on screen he was the equal of Sherlock Holmes as Doctor Watson, and next he's in the action thriller Repo Men. Whatever the role, he's a hero of mine. Please be upstanding for the gorgeous, beautiful, talented Jude Law! Stand up! I know we're in England but it's OK to show some love!"

Law did well for himself with Sherlock Holmes late last year, but Repo Men has been a major flop at the North American box office. Paltrow and Law shared the screen in Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley back in 1999. Matt Damon had the title role.

Quote source: Empire Online

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