LONDON — “The Revenant” won best film at the Empire Awards in London Sunday, but it was “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” that ruled overall, taking five prizes, including director for J.J. Abrams, visual effects, sci-fi/fantasy, and male and female newcomer for stars John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, who were both present to accept their trophies.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” was close behind with four awards, including soundtrack, costume design, make-up and hairstyling, and production design.
Among the stars honored at the ceremony were Matt Damon, who was in attendance to receive the actor award for his performance in “The Martian.” Director Paul Greengrass, who has recently reunited with Damon on the upcoming “Jason Bourne,” presented the award to him on stage. Alicia Vikander was crowned best actress for “The Danish Girl.”
“Spectre” won best British film and best thriller, with the awards collected by director Sam Mendes.
Three honorary awards were bestowed by Empire: British actor-director Paddy Considine was presented with the Empire Inspiration award by long-time collaborator and friend Shane Meadows, and actor Stanley Tucci was named Empire Hero. Miranda Richardson, currently filming “Churchill” with Tucci, presented him with the award in recognition of his recent performances in high-profile films including the “Hunger Games” series and “Spotlight.”
The late Alan Rickman was posthumously named this year’s Empire Legend by editor-in-chief of Empire Terri White and news editor Chris Hewitt, who commented on stage: “This is a heartfelt tribute from the Empire staff to an actor who touched us all with his extraordinary career.”
“Inside Out” won for animation, “Amy” for documentary, and “The Big Short” for screenplay. Best horror went to “The Hallow” and best comedy was awarded to “Spy.”
The award for TV series, presented this year for the first time, went to “This Is England ’90.” Series director and co-writer Shane Meadows collected the award, alongside cast members Thomas Turgoose, Jo Hartley and Chanel Cresswell.