With the 2016 Oscars ceremony just around the corner (at the time of writing this) and most of the mainstream awards season done and dusted, it’s easy to miss the less well covered Empire Awards swing by with their nominations. Once a year the British-based movie magazine presents its self-dubbed ‘antidote to mainstream film awards’ ceremony – the claim being that their awards recognise those snubbed by other ceremonies, thanks to voting being open to the public.

Mad Max: Fury Road came out on top with ten nominations – matching its Oscar chances – closely followed by Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens with nine. Actors who were overlooked for Oscars like Room‘s Jacob Tremblay, Mad Max’s Charlize Theron and Creed‘s Michael B. Jordan, all have a have a chance of picking up an award. They’re joined by filmmakers who failed to land Oscars nods this year for their directing, including J.J. Abrams for Star Wars, Ridley Scott for The Martian and Ryan Coogler for Creed. There are also gongs for genres of film that have been celebrated in the last year, but not nominated for big prizes this awards season – in categories like Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Horror, Thriller and Comedy – with movies like Jurassic World, Ant-Man, It Follows and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, among others, are in the running for a win.

In one of the more controversial awards seasons in years (see: #OscarsSoWhite), it’s really refreshing to see not only Jordan and Coogler finally nominated, but also movies such as the latest Star Wars film receive the recognition that matched that of the critics and moviegoing public. Having an awards ceremony that’s open to public voting gives a much better representation of what people have found to be entertaining, enjoyable and moving over the last year. Perhaps amongst cries for Academy voting reform, the mainstream awards could take a leaf out of Empire’s book?

max max fury road sequels trilogy Star Wars 7 & Mad Max: Fury Road Lead 2016 Empire Awards Nominees


Voting for this year’s Empire awards is now open and you can do so HERE. Below is the full list of nominations for your consideration:

BEST MALE NEWCOMER
Abraham Attah (Beasts Of No Nation)
John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Thomas Mann (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl)
Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton)
Jacob Tremblay (Room)

BEST FEMALE NEWCOMER
Olivia Cooke (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl)
Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation)
Maika Monroe (It Follows)
Bel Powley (The Diary Of A Teenage Girl)
Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

BEST SCI-FI/FANTASY
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST COMEDY presented by Absolute Radio
Ant-Man
Me And Earl And The Dying Girl
Spy
Trainwreck
Inside Out

BEST HORROR
Crimson Peak
The Hallow
Insidious: Chapter 3
It Follows
Krampus

BEST THRILLER presented by Corinthia Hotel London
Bridge Of Spies
The Gift
Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation
Sicario
Spectre

BEST BRITISH FILM presented by The Hollywood Reporter
45 Years
Legend
Macbeth
Spectre
Suffragette

JAMESON BEST ACTOR
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
Matt Damon (The Martian)
Michael Fassbender (Macbeth/Steve Jobs)
Tom Hardy (Legend/Mad Max: Fury Road)
Michael B. Jordan (Creed)

BEST ACTRESS
Emily Blunt (Sicario)
Brie Larson (Room)
Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2)
Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)

BEST DIRECTOR
J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Ryan Coogler (Creed)
Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant)
George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Ridley Scott (The Martian)

BEST FILM presented by Sky Movies
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST TV SERIES
Marvel’s Daredevil
Fargo
Game Of Thrones
Marvel’s Jessica Jones
This Is England ’90

BEST SCREENPLAY
The Big Short — Adam McKay, Charles Randolph
The Hateful Eight – Quentin Tarantino
Spotlight — Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer
Steve Jobs – Aaron Sorkin
Trainwreck — Amy Schumer

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Inside Out
Minions
Shaun The Sheep The Movie
Song Of The Sea
The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Amy
Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief
He Named Me Malala
The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst
Making A Murderer

BEST SOUNDTRACK
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
Sicario
Straight Outta Compton

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Carol
Cinderella
Crimson Peak
Mad Max: Fury Road
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST MAKE-UP AND HAIRSTYLING
Crimson Peak
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Ant-Man
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST SHORT FILM presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey
Kung Fury
Lava
Sanjay’s Super Team
Stutterer
World Of Tomorrow

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Crimson Peak
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST GAME
Batman: Arkham Knight
Bloodborne
Fallout 4
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The 21st annual Jameson Empire Awards will take place on March 20th, 2016 in London, England.

Source: Empire