Magazine article Screen International

'Star Wars' Wins Five at Empire Awards

Magazine article Screen International

'Star Wars' Wins Five at Empire Awards

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens led the pack at the Jameson Empire Awards in London on Sunday evening, winning five trophies including Best Director for J.J. Abrams, Best Visual Effects, Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy collected by C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels, and Best Male and Female Newcomer awards for stars John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, who were both present on the night.

Three honorary awards included the Empire Inspiration award, which was presented to British actor-director Paddy Considine by long-time collaborator Shane Meadows, while actor Stanley Tucci was named Empire Hero. Miranda Richardson, currently filming Churchill with Tucci, presented him with the award in recognition of his recent performances in high-profile films including the Hunger Games series and Spotlight.

The late Alan Rickman was posthumously named this year's Empire Legend.

Other stars honoured at the ceremony included Matt Damon, who was in attendance to receive the Best Actor award for his performance in The Martian. Director Paul Greengrass, who has recently reunited with Damon on the upcoming Jason Bourne, presented the award to him on stage. …

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