It may not have picked up any Oscars this year, but Star Wars: The Force Awakens managed a considerable consolation prize last night as it led the winners at the annual Empire Awards.
The film awards ceremony saw Daisy Ridley and John Boyega pick up Best Female and Best Male Newcomer awards. JJ Abrams won Best Director and the movie itself triumphed in the Best Visual Effects and Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film of the Year categories.
Hot on its heels was Mad Max (which actually had done quite well at the Oscars), winning several technical awards including Best Costume Design for Jenny Beavan. Sam Mendes’ Spectre won Best Thriller and Best British Film.
While he may have won pretty much every acting award going this year, Leonardo DiCaprio lost out to Matt Damon in the Best Actor category for his performance in Ridley Scott’s The Martian. We’re sure Leo will make do: The Revenant was still named Best Film, after all.
Empire Awards 2016 winners in full
BEST MALE NEWCOMER
Winner: John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) Abraham Attah (Beasts Of No Nation) Thomas Mann (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl) Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton) Jacob Tremblay (Room)
BEST FEMALE NEWCOMER Winner: Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) 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)
BEST SCI-FI/FANTASY Winner: Star Wars: The Force Awakens The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 Jurassic World Mad Max: Fury Road The Martian
BEST COMEDY presented by Absolute Radio Winner: Spy Ant-Man Me And Earl And The Dying Girl Trainwreck Inside Out
BEST HORROR Winner: The Hallow Crimson Peak Insidious: Chapter 3 It Follows Krampus
BEST THRILLER Winner: Spectre Bridge Of Spies The Gift Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation Sicario
BEST BRITISH FILM Winner: Spectre 45 Years Legend Macbeth Suffragette
JAMESON BEST ACTOR Winner: Matt Damon (The Martian) Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) Michael Fassbender (Macbeth/Steve Jobs) Tom Hardy (Legend/Mad Max: Fury Road) Michael B. Jordan (Creed)
BEST ACTRESS Winner: Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) Emily Blunt (Sicario) Brie Larson (Room) Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2) Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road)
BEST DIRECTOR Winner: 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 Winner: The Revenant The Hateful Eight Mad Max: Fury Road The Martian Star Wars: The Force Awakens
BEST TV SERIES Winner: This Is England ’90 Marvel’s Daredevil Fargo Game Of Thrones Marvel’s Jessica Jones
BEST SCREENPLAY Winner: 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 Winner: Inside Out Minions Shaun The Sheep The Movie Song Of The Sea The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya
BEST DOCUMENTARY Winner: 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 Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road The Hateful Eight The Martian Sicario Straight Outta Compton
BEST COSTUME DESIGN Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road Carol Cinderella Crimson Peak Star Wars: The Force Awakens
BEST MAKE-UP AND HAIRSTYLING Winner: Mad Max: Fury RoadCrimson Peak The Danish Girl The Revenant Star Wars: The Force Awakens
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS Winner: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Ant-Man Jurassic World Mad Max: Fury Road The Revenant
BEST SHORT FILM Winner: World Of Tomorrow Kung Fury Lava Sanjay’s Super Team Stutterer
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road Crimson Peak The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 The Martian Star Wars: The Force Awakens
BEST GAME Winner: Batman: Arkham Knight Bloodborne Fallout 4 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt