Skyfall could be big winner at 18th Jameson Empire Awards

The 18th Jameson Empire Awards has nominated Skyfall in 6 categories with The Avengers, The Hobbit, Django Unchained and The Dark Knight Rises competing with it for Best Film

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Sam Mendes’ Skyfall, the sixth best James Bond film ever made according to Top 10 Films, has unsurprisingly led the way at the 18th Jameson Empire Awards. Recently crowned the biggest-ever UK box-office hit, Skyfall has achieved six nominations at the audience-voted awards. Joss Whedon’s Avengers Assemble and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey were also bestowed with multiple nominations, each achieving five. Ben Wheatley, who made the brilliantly subversive (read: messed up!) Kill List, saw his indie hit Sightseers nominated in four categories.

Unlike many of the awards ceremonies we’ve seen so far this year (including the Oscars), the Jameson Empire Awards are decided based on public vote. Eighteen years since debuting, the now well-established event hosted by the UK’s leading film publication Empire magazine, is known as the antidote to more formal, industry-voted events. The public can now vote on the final shortlisted nominees and acknowledge films that may have missed out at other awards ceremonies by heading here.

Skyfall tops off a magnificent year for James Bond. Marking the 50th anniversary of the great British hero, Skyfall has a chance of winning Best Thriller, Best British Film, Best Director, Jameson Best Actor (Daniel Craig), Best Actress presented by Citroën (Dame Judi Dench), and Best Film presented by Sky Movies.

It will face tough competition though. Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, alongside popular foreign-language hits Jo Nesbo’s Headhunters and The Raid are all in the Best Thriller category. For Best Film and Best Director five of the biggest names in the world will square off with Sam Mendes (Skyfall), Joss Whedon (Avengers Assemble), Peter Jackson (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises) and Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) going up against each other. Skyfall also has a chance to win Best British Film, going up against Les Misérables, Sightseers, Dredd 3D and The Woman In Black.

Noomi Rapace at the 2011 Jameson Empire Awards

Interesting nominations include Looper and Prometheus going for Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Martin Freeman being recognised for his role in The Hobbit in the Best Actor category, and Daniel Radcliffe’s The Woman In Black squaring off against The Cabin In The Woods for Best Horror. Curiously, Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence are both up for Best Actress but not for the films you’d think of. Hathaway is recognised for her work in Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises while Lawrence for The Hunger Games.

Elsewhere, Silver Linings Playbook competes with Ted, Moonrise Kingdom, 21 Jump Street and The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists for Best Comedy; Suraj Sharma of Life Of Pi is up for Best Male Newcomer; and, Quvenzhané Wallis, the youngest-ever Best Actress Oscar nominee, is up for Best Female Newcomer for her work in The Beasts of the Southern Wild.

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