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Star Wars 7 & Mad Max: Fury Road Lead 2016 Empire Awards Nominees

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?

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

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

Source: Empire

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