Stars descend on Royal Festival Hall

Talent from across the globe, including Orlando Bloom, Diane Kruger, Chris Noth and Simon Pegg, descended May 26 on London’s Royal Festival Hall for the return of ITV’s National Movie Awards, voted on by the public.

Chris Rock delivered the evening’s first award, for best action/thriller, to “Sherlock Holmes.” Director Guy Ritchie joked, “We set out to make a comedy, but we’ll take it where we can get it!”

The “Potter” team received a special achievement kudo, with producer David Heyman leading the thanks: “To Jo Rowling, and to the fans, for giving the Harry Potter family an unbelievable and unforgettable, special decade.”

The ceremony ended with Tom Cruise receiving a screen icon award with the heartfelt words: “If I have entertained you at all, I thank you deeply for allowing me to do so.” A couch was notably absent from the montage of his perfs played before he received the honor.

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