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Patrick Stewart & Sam Worthington + Mark Strong & Kare Hedebrant: Empire Awards

Kare Hedebrant, Lina LeanderssonKare Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson.

Kare Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson, the stars of Tomas Alfredson's vampire drama Let the Right One In, arrive for 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.)

Let the Right One In won the Empire Award for Best Horror Film. Hedebrant and Leandersson accepted the trophy.

Hedebrant: “Hi everyone. Well, Tomas hoped to be here to accept the award but he got delayed. But I guess I better thank the whole film crew and all the awesome people who worked on the film. So, thank you!"

Leandersson: "We would like to dedicate this award to all the bullied children around the world for having the courage to go to school every day without superpowers, special abilities or a vampire as the best friend.”

Quote source: Empire Online

Rupert Grint

Rupert Grint arrives for 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)

Grint, one of the stars of the Harry Potter franchise, will next be seen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. The sequel, aptly titled Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1I, will be released in 2011. Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson will be back as well.

James Cameron's Avatar was the evenings' top winner, bagging awards for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress (Zoe Saldana).

Armando Ianucci

In the Loop's director and co-screenwriter Armando Iannucci poses for the camera 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.)

“Hello, we're from comedy,” Iannucci told the crowd while accepting the Empire Award for Best Comedy. “It's not the hardest, but it is difficult. This was the first film I made, so it was the first time I got notes. They were all from people who made dramas, so they had marked by all the jokes, 'Do we need this?' I'd like to thank Alistair Campbell for slagging off the film and getting us off to a great start, the twat; Tony Blair for showing that you don't need to be evil to start a war, and BBC Films for letting us make it. Thank you very much.”

Quote source: Empire Online

Sam Worthington

Avatar star Sam Worthington poses with the Best Film 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.)

Standing to his right is Nicholas Hoult, recently seen in Tom Ford's A Single Man, and soon to be seen in Louis Leterrier's Clash of the Titans, which stars Worthington.

James Cameron's 3D sci-fier Avatar won three Jameson Empire Film Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress (Zoe Saldana). Cameron was absent, but had a pre-taped thank-you speech presented to the crowd at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

Much like he was the human envoy in Avatar, Worthington was the Avatar envoy at the Empire Awards ceremony.

Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman

Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman attend 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.)

Matthew Vaughan was present to introduce the winner of the Best Newcomer Award, which went to Aaron Johnson, the star of Sam Taylor-Wood's John Lennon biopic (covering Lennon's early years) Nowhere Boy.

Johnson also happens to be the star of Kick-Ass, which was produced, directed, and co-adapted by Vaughn.

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Ramin Karimloo and wife Mandy Karimloo: Jameson Empire Awards

Ramin Karimloo and wife Mandy Karimloo arrive at the Jameson Empire Film Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, on March 28, '10, in London.

Karimloo played the role of struggling Hollywood screenwriter Joe Gillis in the United Kingdom's first national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage musical Sunset Boulevard (with book by Don Black and Christopher Hampton). In Billy Wilder's 1950 movie Sunset Blvd., William Holden was cast as Gillis (replacing a recalcitrant Montgomery Clift) opposite Gloria Swanson as faded silent film star Norma Desmond.

Additionally, Ramin Karimloo played both Raoul and The Phantom in different productions of Lloyd Webber's musical The Phantom of the Opera. He also had a supporting role in Joel Schumacher's 2004 film version starring Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson, and Minnie Driver.

The only other Ramin Karimloo movie out there is Richard Van Den Bergh's 2001 short Flipside, in which a man inadvertently goes on a drug trip while at a stripper club. Also in the cast: Carl Merchant and Rebecca Grant.

Ramin Karimloo and Mandy Karimloo photo: Getty Images / Getty Images for Jameson.

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Patrick Stewart

Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Patrick Stewart is pictured above on the Jameson Empire Film Awards' Red Carpet just outside the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Patrick Stewart and Roger Rees presented the Icon Award to stage legend Ian McKellen – now a film legend as well after being cast as Gandalf in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings movies. Below is a transcript of Stewart and Rees' introduction to McKellen, found at Empire Online.

Rees: “I've seen this guy play King Lear, Iago, Romeo, Richard II, Richard III … If Shakespeare had written a play called Richard IV he'd have been in that too.”

Stewart: “It's really in the last 20 years that he's come into his own as a movie star. He has always injected wit and subtlety into even the biggest blockbusters.”

Rees: “His role as Mag-net-o (Stewart corrects his pronunciation: It's Mag-knee-to) was no simple villain.”

Stewart: “And his Gandalf was part action-hero, part mentor, and the most interesting character in the whole series. And with The Hobbit just around the corner, he is poised to become the highest-grossing movie star on the planet!”

Stewart: “This man has been a source of inestimable advice. When I had only five days to decide whether to play Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, EVERYBODY told me I should do it. Only one man told me I shouldn't – but he can afford to be wrong once.”

Patrick Stewart photo: Getty Images / Getty Images for Jameson.

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Reece Ritchie

Reece Ritchie and guest pose for the cameras on the Jameson Empire Film Awards' Red Carpet.

Reece Ritchie has a supporting role in Mike Newell's upcoming Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina, and Toby Kebbell. He also had a supporting role in Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones, which stars Saoirse Ronan, Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon, and Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci.

Reece Ritchie and friend photo: Getty Images / Getty Images for Jameson.

'Avatar' tops

The Hollywood-made 3D sci-fier/adventure-fantasy Avatar was the 2010 Jameson Empire Film Awards' big winner, bagging trophies for Best Picture, Best Director (James Cameron), and Best Actress (Zoe Saldana).

Starring Sam Worthington and featuring Sigourney Weaver, Avatar also happens to be the biggest blockbuster released in 2009.

SamTaylor Wood, Aaron Johnson

Sam Taylor-Wood and Aaron Johnson attend 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)

Aaron Johnson received the Jameson Empire Award for Best Newcomer for his performance in Taylor-Wood's John Lennon biopic (the early years) Nowhere Boy. Co-starring with Johnson in that film are Kristin Scott Thomas, Anne-Marie Duff, Thomas Sangster, David Morrissey, and Sam Bell.

Duff was also nominated for Best Actress, but she lost the award to Zoe Saldana in Avatar.

Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson poses with the Best Newcomer award at the Jameson Empire Film Awards held at Grosvenor House Hotel, on March 28, 2010 in London. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images for Jameson)

Aaron Johnson received the Jameson Empire Award for Best Newcomer for his performance in Sam Taylor-Wood's Nowhere Boy, about John Lennon's youth.

Chloë Grace Moretz and Matthew Vaughn, who directed Johnson in Kick-Ass, presented the Best Newcomer award, dubbed the “future bitter has-been” award by host Dara O'Briain.

“I'm a bit nervous seeing these two walking around,” Johnson told the crowd (indicating Vaughn and Mortez). “Maybe they influenced the voters. Thank you, and I had a fantastic time on Nowhere Boy. Thank you very much.”

Quote: Empire Online

Sam Worthington, Nicholas Hoult, Mads Mikkelsen, Louis Leterrier, Alexa Davalos

Clash of the Titan stars Nicholas Hoult, Sam Worthington, Alexa Davalos and Mads Mikkelsen and director Louis Leterrier pose for the cameras at the Jameson Empire Film Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, on March 28, 2010 in London.

Clash of the Titans wasn't in the running for anything because it'll open early next month, but a little advance promotion has never hurt anyone. Clash of the Titans is Sam Worthington's second (major) 3D production, following James Cameron's blockbuster Avatar. The 3D sci-fier was the big winner at the 2010 Jameson Empire Awards.

Sam Worthington, Nicholas Hoult, Mads Mikkelsen, Louis Leterrier, Alexa Davalos

Nicholas Hoult, Sam Worthington, Alexa Davalos, Mads Mikkelsen and Director of Clash of the Titans Louis Leterrier arrive for the Jameson Empire Film Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, on March 28, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Jameson)

Sam Worthington, the star of James Cameron's Avatar, accepted the Best Picture Empire Award. Cameron, voted the Best Director, wasn't present at the ceremony. Avatar also won the Best Actress Award for Zoe Saldana.

“I told Jim I was doing this and he told me not to fuck this up,” Worthington told the crowd. “I was told that when you go work with Jim, it's like going to war. It's a big piece of your life, making a movie like this. Some days you get your face dragged across a cheesegrater, but James never loses sight of what you're doing. To receive an award like this, from the audience who went to see the film, is going to mean a lot to him I know, so thank you very much.”

Quote source: Empire Online

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

Mark Strong

Mark Strong and wife Liza Marshall attend the Jameson Empire Film Awards held at Grosvenor House Hotel, on March 28, 2010 in London. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images for Jameson)

Mark Strong, Guy Ritchie, and Jude Law were present to collect the Best Thriller Award given to Sherlock Holmes.

“We didn't set out to make a thriller, at least I certainly didn't, but I'll take it where I can get it,” Ritchie told the crowd. “Warner Bros, thank you for your support, and the English film industry in general. Who else should I be thanking? (Strong: The readers?) Yes, the readers, and all you people out here. Thank you very much, and good luck Mr [Matthew] Vaughn for Kick-Ass!"

Kick-Ass has been criticized by some in the United Kingdom because there are too many expletives in the film, which some fear may damage the brain cells and physical growth of Britain's youth. Aaron Johnson stars.

Quote: Empire Online

Jude Law Empire Awards

Jude Law 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)

Jude Law was present to receive the Empire Hero Award from his The Talented Mr. Ripley co-star Gwyneth Paltrow. In his acceptance speech, Law remembered the late director Anthony Minghella, with whom he worked in Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain. Law was nominated for Academy Awards for both movies.

Zoe Saldana was not present to receive her Best Actress award for her performance in Avatar. Johnny Vegas, the stand-in for absent winners, accepted the honor for Saldana.

“This is my fourth Empire award on behalf of other people - and let me tell you, it still gets me. Although this is technically in someone else's name, this goes out to a large percentage of the room who stood on the red carpet and thought, 'What the fuck is he doing here?' I saw people who are A-list, D-list, and then I see people filming on their camera phones and think, I'm among my own. It's being recorded professionally - what do you think you're adding? There were three sitting in front of me. 

“I suppose what I'm trying to say is that I don't want to be this bit of rough in the industry. If someone wants to meet me, ring me and we'll do lunch, we'll chat, we'll see if we can connect. You can talk about your illustrious film career, and I can talk about my monkey ads. Ladies and gentlemen, this award is the only link I have to you, which is probably why I still have Johnny Depp's. And the day they're not looking, it's going on eBay. As long as you ask me, I will collect these, because I am PROUD to pretend to be part of what you do, to knock you out of the way at the bar to get the last free whiskey drink going. I'll be the one later on spiking your drinks, but for now, I'm the best goddamn actress in the room. I am Zoe Saldana, and I love you Empire!"

Jude Law

Jude Law accepts his The Hero Award at the Jameson Empire Film Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, on March 28, 2010 in London. Gwyneth Paltrow, Law's co-star in the 1999 drama The Talented Mr. Ripley, handed him the award. (Photo by Handout/Jameson via Getty Images)

“Wow. Thank you very much. I don't feel much like a hero; here's to all the real heroes out there,” Law remarked in his acceptance speech. “But I suppose thanks to Jameson and Empire I can be a hero for one day, like David Bowie. This makes me think of all the great people I've worked with, all the actors and directors and editors and composers, and they all contributed to what we just saw - especially my late, great friend Anthony Minghella. Thank you very much.”

Jude Law had a major hit late in 2009 with Sherlock Holmes, co-starring Robert Downey Jr. That was followed by a major flop, Repo Men, a futuristic action thriller co-starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker.

Law has been nominated for two Academy Awards: best supporting actor for Mr. Ripley and best actor for Cold Mountain (2003).

Quote source: 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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James Cameron's worldwide blockbuster Avatar won top honors at the Jameson Empire Awards, voted by the people for the people, but without director Cameron in attendance. Sam Worthington, the one who goes from human to Na'vi in 3D, had to accept the Best Picture prize.

For his Best Director win, Cameron had a pre-recorded acceptance speech, taped in Los Angeles:

“Well, I've just received this award, for which I am very grateful. Clearly the Empire magazine readership are more discerning than the British or American academies. Of course, we know that the director just takes credit for the work of others, and we had a hugely talented group of people working on this film, but I'm very happy to take the credit for them. I just want to say that I'm a huge fan of the magazine, not just for the award but for all the coverage, for breaking the story on Avatar beforehand. I'm a geek as well, and I'd love the magazine even had it not been so great for us on Avatar, so thanks very much.”

In addition to its Best Picture and Best Director victory, Avatar also earned Zoe Saldana the Best Actress Empire Award. Among the losers was widely acclaimed Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan, whose An Education grossed about 1/zillionth of Avatar's 3,000 trillion dollars.

The Best Actor was Inglourious Basterds' Christoph Waltz, who also took home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his star-making turn as a sadistic Nazi.

Among the other Jameson Empire winners were the political satire In the Loop (Best British Comedy), the vampire drama Let the Right One In (Best Horror Movie), Aaron Johnson for Nowhere Boy (Best Newcomer), and Ian McKellen, who received the Empire Icon Award.

In addition to Carey Mulligan, Jameson Empire Award losers included Anne-Marie Duff, Michael Caine, Robert Pattinson, Kathryn Bigelow, Zombieland, and The Men Who Stare at Goats.

Photo: Avatar (WETA / 20th Century Fox)

James Cameron quote: Empire Online

(“*” denotes the winner in each category)

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 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 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

Empire Icon
Sir Ian McKellen

Empire Inspiration
Andy Serkis

Empire Hero
Jude Law

Outstanding Contribution To British Cinema
Ray Winstone

 

Jameson Empire Awards website.

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  1. dj Alex Dubcheck

    “We would like to dedicate this award to all the bullied children around the world
    for having the courage to go to school every day without superpowers”.
    How sweet of her, it's a great thought I missed.
    Liked her in the movie, love her after this article

    An ex-bullied child