For anyone annoyed by the absence of films people actually like to watch during awards season, The Empire Awards are always a nice contrast.
Organised every year by the movie magazine, the event honours a wider range of films than the Oscars or Baftas, including categories for sci-fi and comedy movies, and allowing the public to vote for their favourite films and performances of the year.
Mad Max: Fury Road leads the field with ten nominations in 2016, closely followed by Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ nine nods.
Both films are up for Best Film, Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Best Director, with acting nominations including Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road) for best actress and Daisy Ridley (Star Wars) for best female newcomer.
Other notable nominees include Jennifer Lawrence in the Best Actress category, though not for her biopic Joy (which earned her an Oscar nod). At the Empire Awards she’s hoping to triumph for her role in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 2.
Hosted by David Walliams, the ceremony will take place on 20th March 2016, and you can vote for your favourites here.
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