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 NEWCOMERAbraham 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 NEWCOMEROlivia 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/FANTASYThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2Jurassic WorldMad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianStar Wars: The Force Awakens
BEST COMEDY presented by Absolute RadioAnt-ManMe And Earl And The Dying GirlSpyTrainwreckInside Out
BEST HORRORCrimson PeakThe HallowInsidious: Chapter 3It FollowsKrampus
BEST THRILLER presented by Corinthia Hotel LondonBridge Of SpiesThe GiftMission: Impossible — Rogue NationSicarioSpectre
BEST BRITISH FILM presented by The Hollywood Reporter45 YearsLegendMacbethSpectreSuffragette
JAMESON BEST ACTORLeonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)Matt Damon (The Martian)Michael Fassbender (Macbeth/Steve Jobs)Tom Hardy (Legend/Mad Max: Fury Road)Michael B. Jordan (Creed)
BEST ACTRESSEmily 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 DIRECTORJ.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 MoviesThe Hateful EightMad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe RevenantStar Wars: The Force Awakens
BEST TV SERIESMarvel’s DaredevilFargoGame Of ThronesMarvel’s Jessica JonesThis Is England ’90
BEST SCREENPLAYThe Big Short — Adam McKay, Charles RandolphThe Hateful Eight – Quentin TarantinoSpotlight — Tom McCarthy, Josh SingerSteve Jobs – Aaron SorkinTrainwreck — Amy Schumer
BEST ANIMATED FILMInside OutMinionsShaun The Sheep The MovieSong Of The SeaThe Tale Of The Princess Kaguya
BEST DOCUMENTARYAmyGoing Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of BeliefHe Named Me MalalaThe Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert DurstMaking A Murderer
BEST SOUNDTRACKThe Hateful EightMad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianSicarioStraight Outta Compton
BEST COSTUME DESIGNCarolCinderellaCrimson PeakMad Max: Fury RoadStar Wars: The Force Awakens
BEST MAKE-UP AND HAIRSTYLINGCrimson PeakThe Danish GirlMad Max: Fury RoadThe RevenantStar Wars: The Force Awakens
BEST VISUAL EFFECTSAnt-ManJurassic WorldMad Max: Fury RoadThe RevenantStar Wars: The Force Awakens
BEST SHORT FILM presented by Jameson Irish WhiskeyKung FuryLavaSanjay’s Super TeamStuttererWorld Of Tomorrow
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGNCrimson PeakThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2Mad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianStar Wars: The Force Awakens
BEST GAMEBatman: Arkham KnightBloodborneFallout 4Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom PainThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The 21st annual Jameson Empire Awards will take place on March 20th, 2016 in London, England.