The Empire Awards

Empire Awards 2018. Photo by: Carsten Windhorst

On Sunday the 18th March, a celebration was hosted by Empire magazine and sponsored by Rakuten TV. It was a celebration focused on honouring some of the best films of 2017, which there were plenty of.

Empire is one of the world’s biggest movie magazine brands. They are focused on covering every cinematic form, from movies and TV to streaming and mobile. The winners of awards are chosen by the readers of the magazine, who have the ability to vote and decide who or what deserves recognition and an award.

Sponsoring some of this year’s big awards was Rakuten TV and what a perfect sponsor to have. As Rakuten TV is defined as being “Your cinema at home” and one of the leading Video-On-Demand platforms in Europe providing the latest movie releases with the latest technology in a true cinematic experience available on Smart TVs. Rakuten TV is a great sponsor to have for an event dedicated to celebrating film. They clearly understand the importance of film and this can be seen in what the CEO and founder of Rakuten TV Jacinto Roca, states:

“We believe in cinema and we believe that people who love cinema should be able to find their favourite movies more easily: they don’t understand why they have to wait three to four months before having the possibility of enjoying their favourite movies at home. With 4KHDR technology and Smart TV screen size allowing to reach/leave a proper cinematic experience, cinema has its second life now: and this is within people’s homes. Cinema is not a screen anymore: it is a seamless formula of great movies and a great experience. We are eager to provide this experience to our customers from the comfort of their sofas.”

There was definitely some big names and films at this year’s event so let us dive into the actual awards themselves. Empire made sure to celebrate the golden of age of TV we are currently in as the award for Best TV Series was handed out to The Crown, with Best actor in a TV series going to Jason Isaacs for Star Trek: Discovery and Best actress in a TV series went to the wonderful Nicole Kidman for Big Little Lies.

British film was even receiving the praise it deserves with God’s Own Country taking home Best British Film, and Josh O’Connor picking up Best Male Newcomer for his role as Johnny Saxby in the film.

As for some of the other awards won on the night: Jordan Peele’s incredible Get Out which won Best Original Screenplay at this year’s Oscar’s won Best Horror and Best Screenplay at the Empire Awards. Wonder Woman, which many believe was snubbed at the Oscars gained some praised here and was awarded Best Sci-Fi/ Fantasy. Best Animated Film was awarded to Coco another film which also won at the Oscars for the same category. A personal favourite of mine which I believe was well deserved is Baby Driver which was voted the winner of Best Soundtrack and Best Production Design.

Now that’s only some of the other awards that were given out at this event, I want to move on and talk about some the bigger award categories from that night. This would be Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. A big box office hit was the winner of two of these awards, this was, of course, Star Wars: The Last Jedi which took home Best Film, Rian Johnson took Best Director for this and the lovely Daisy Ridley collected her award for Best Actress. Star Wars hero Mark Hamill was there to witness the epic’s celebrations and was even honoured with Empire’s Icon Award.

Another incredible Hollywood star known as Hugh Jackman attended to collect the Best Actor Award for his definitive and emotional performance in critically-acclaimed Logan. Jackman was joined by his talented young co-star Dafne Keen who stated alongside Hugh as the vicious X-23 and was also won the award for Best Female Newcomer.

Empire bestowed two further honorary awards at the ceremony to celebrate the industry’s greatest talents. Amma Asante (A United Kingdom) was awarded the Empire Inspiration Award in recognition of her commitment to British filmmaking and her importance as a trailblazer for female filmmakers and people of colour. Baby Driver director Edgar Wright was also celebrated with Empire’s brand-new Visionary Award. Then the final award I want to mention is a someone who’s played a god like part in cinema over the years and that is Steven Spielberg. Steven was there to receive Empire’s Legend of Our Lifetime Award.

Empire’s Editor-In-Chief Terri White commented: 

This year’s Empire Awards might just be the most exciting yet! It was a hugely important year for cinema, both on screen and off, and from Get Out to Wonder Women to Star Wars: The Last Jedi and God’s Own Country, I’m thrilled to see such a rich, diverse and diverse group of winners. The Empire readers really know their stuff

Now if you feel like joining in with the celebration or there are a few films you haven’t seen here then head to Rakuten TV. I mentioned earlier they were a great sponsor for this event as they understand that film needs to be celebrated, and that’s why they have available or soon to be available a great selection of the films that were mentioned at this awards.

Empire Awards 2018. Photo by: Carsten Windhorst

I’ve also included below the full list of nominees and winners from this event.

THE 2018 EMPIRE NOMINATIONS & WINNERS

EMPIRE ‘LEGEND OF OUR LIFETIME’ AWARD, PRESENTED BY RAKUTEN TV

  • Honouree: Steven Spielberg

EMPIRE ICON PRESENTED BY BMW

  • Honouree: Mark Hamill

EMPIRE INSPIRATION AWARD

  • Honouree: Amma Asante

EMPIRE VISIONARY AWARD

  • Honouree: Edgar Wright

BEST FILM, PRESENTED BY SKY CINEMA

  • Winner: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Get Out
  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Wonder Woman

BEST DIRECTOR, PRESENTED BY VUE ENTERTAINMENT

  • Winner: Rian Johnson – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Edgar Wright – Baby Driver
  • Jordan Peele – Get Out
  • Patty Jenkins – Wonder Woman
  • Taika Waititi – Thor: Ragnarok

BEST MALE NEWCOMER

  • Winner: Josh O’Connor — God’s Own Country
  • Fionn Whitehead – Dunkirk
  • Ansel Elgort – Baby Driver
    Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
  • Timothée Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name

BEST FEMALE NEWCOMER: THE HILTON PARK LANE

  • Winner: Dafne Keen – Logan
  • Emily Beecham – Daphne
    Florence Pugh – Lady Macbeth
  • Tessa Thompson – Thor: Ragnarok
  • Kelly Marie Tran – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

BEST ACTRESS, PRESENTED BY RAKUTEN TV

  • Winner: Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Gal Gadot – Wonder Woman
  • Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Tiffany Haddish – Girls Trip
  • Emma Watson – Beauty And The Beast

BEST ACTOR, PRESENTED BY RAKUTEN TV

  • Winner: Hugh Jackman – Logan
  • John Boyega – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Andy Serkis — War For The Planet Of The Apes
  • Armie Hammer – Call Me By Your Name
  • Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour

BEST SCREENPLAY

  • Winner: Get Out
  • God’s Own Country
  • Call Me By Your Name
  • The Death Of Stalin
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST SCI-FI/FANTASY, PRESENTED BY THREE

  • Winner: Wonder Woman
  • Logan
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Blade Runner 2049

BEST BRITISH FILM, PRESENTED BY THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

  • Winner: God’s Own Country
  • The Death Of Stalin
  • Dunkirk
  • The Darkest Hour
  • Paddington 2

BEST HORROR

  • Winner: Get Out
  • Mother!
  • The Autopsy Of Jane Doe
  • It
  • Split

BEST DOCUMENTARY

  • Winner: I Am Not Your Negro
  • I Called Him Morgan
  • City Of Ghosts
  • An Inconvenient Sequel
  • Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

BEST COMEDY, PRESENTED BY MONKEY SHOULDER

  • Winner: The Death Of Stalin
  • Toni Erdmann
  • The Big Sick
  • The Disaster Artist
  • Girls Trip

BEST THRILLER, PRESENTED BY ABSOLUTE RADIO

  • Winner: Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  • Baby Driver
  • John Wick: Chapter 2
  • The Handmaiden
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST ANIMATED FILM

  • Winner: Coco
  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • My Life As A Courgette
  • The Red Turtle
  • Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

BEST SOUNDTRACK

  • Winner: Baby Driver
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Logan Lucky
  • Beauty And The Beast
  • Call Me By Your Name

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

  • Winner: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • The Greatest Showman
  • The Death Of Stalin
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Thor: Ragnarok

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

  • Winner: Baby Driver
  • Dunkirk
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS, PRESENTED BY VUE ENTERTAINMENT

  • Winner: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
  • War For The Planet Of The Apes
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Ghost In The Shell

BEST MAKE-UP AND HAIRSTYLING

  • Winner: Beauty And The Beast
  • Murder On The Orient Express
  • The Greatest Showman
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Ghost In The Shell

BEST TV SERIES, PRESENTED BY THREE

  • Winner: The Crown  
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Big Little Lies
  • Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series
  • Stranger Things 2

BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES

  • Winner: Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies)
  • Claire Foy (The Crown)
  • Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies)
  • Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
  • Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things 2)

BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES

  • Winner: Jason Isaacs (Star Trek: Discovery)
  • Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies)
  • Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series)
  • Matt Smith (The Crown)
  • Dan Stevens (Legion)

 

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