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Robert Pattinson & Michael Caine Competitors? Meet the Empire Awards

Tomas Alfredson's Let the Right One In
Park Chan-wook's Thirst
Vampires galore: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson The Twilight Saga: New Moon (top); Tomas Alfredson's Let the Right One In (middle); Park Chan-wook's Thirst (bottom)

From Robert Pattinson in The Twilight Saga: New Moon to Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds, from J.J. Abrams' Star Trek to Park Chan-wook's Thirst, from Zoe Saldana in Avatar to Anne-Marie Duff in Nowhere Boy – there's something for just about everyone at the 2010 Jameson Empire Awards, to be held on Sunday, March 28, at London's The Grosvenor House Hotel.

According to the Empire Awards release, the awards “celebrate the film industry's success stories of the year with Empire Magazine readers voting for the winners, making them the ultimate film fan awards with international profile.” In fact, you'll be hard-pressed to find an awards ceremony featuring teen idols, Academy Award winners, 3D blockbusters, little-seen indies, festival favorites, and lots of vampires among its nominees. See the Empire Awards as a more eclectic, more upscale version of the People's Choice Awards.

Among the other 2010 Empire Award nominees are Tomas Alfredson's Let the Right One In, James Cameron (Avatar), Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), Michael Caine (Harry Brown), Katie Jarvis (Fish Tank), Carey Mulligan (An Education), Aaron Johnson (Nowhere Boy), and Sharlto Copley (District 9).

Feb. 25

James Cameron's Avatar hasn't been faring all that well with award-giving groups. Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker has been by far the most honored 2009 release. Avatar may not have that much of a chance at the Oscars, but it's probably the favorite at Britain's Empire Awards, a sort of more refined British version of the American-based People's Choice Awards.

Voted by the magazine readers, the Empire Awards have no categories for best screen kiss or best screen couple or best screen explosion and the like, and you actually have people like Carey Mulligan (An Education), Anne-Marie Duff (Nowhere Boy), Michael Caine (Harry Brown), and Katie Jarvis (Fish Tank) getting nominated, along with movies such as The Men Who Stare at Goats, The Hurt Locker, Thirst, Let the Right One In, and In the Loop.

In addition to the aforementioned stars, other acting nominees include Avatar's Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana, Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds), Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga: New Moon), Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes), Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria), Aaron Johnson (Nowhere Boy), and Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds).
Kristen Stewart, BAFTA's Orange Rising Star 2010 winner, was surprisingly left out of the race.

The Empire Awards will take place in London on March 28. Voting ends on March 10. (You can vote here.)

Full list of Empire Award 2010 nominees:

BEST NEWCOMER
Carey Mulligan (An Education)
* Aaron Johnson (Nowhere Boy)
Sharlto Copley (District 9)
Anna Kendrick (Up In The Air/ New Moon)
Katie Jarvis (Fish Tank)

BEST THRILLER
Harry Brown
Public Enemies
Inglourious Basterds
The Hurt Locker
* Sherlock Holmes

BEST HORROR
* Let The Right One In
Paranormal Activity
Zombieland
Thirst
Drag Me To Hell

BEST COMEDY
* In The Loop
A Serious Man
The Hangover
Up In The Air
The Men Who Stare At Goats

BEST SCI-FI / FANTASY
Moon
* Star Trek
Avatar
District 9
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

BEST ACTOR
Sir Michael Caine (Harry Brown)
* Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
Robert Pattinson (New Moon)
Sam Worthington (Avatar)
Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes)

BEST ACTRESS
Anne-Marie Duff (Nowhere Boy)
Carey Mulligan (An Education)
* Zoe Saldana (Avatar)
Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria)
Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds)

BEST DIRECTOR
* James Cameron (Avatar)
Neill Blomkamp (District 9)
J.J. Abrams (Star Trek)
Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds)
Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)

BEST BRITISH FILM
* Harry Brown
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
An Education
Nowhere Boy
In The Loop

BEST FILM
* Avatar
Star Trek
District 9
Inglourious Basterds
The Hurt Locker

Photos: Avatar (Mark Fellman / 20th Century Fox); The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment); Nowhere Boy (Film4)

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