2014-Jameson-Empire-Award-NominationsThis year’s Jameson Empire Awards nominations have been announced, and they are easily the most diverse of the awards season, celebrating not just the critically-acclaimed movies recognised in the more formal ceremonies, but also those beloved by mainstream audiences, with the awards themselves voted for by us, the cinema-going public.

The awards continue to recognise more genre-friendly categories like Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Best Horror, and Best Thriller, with plenty of British talent recognised across the board, as well as in the Best British Film shortlist.

It’s also very nice to see filmmakers like Edgar Wright and Peter Jackson recognised for their work in the Best Director category, alongside Alfonso Cuarón, Paul Greengrass, and Steve McQueen, with Cuarón and McQueen also up for the same category at the Oscars.

Greengrass will be receiving the Empire Inspiration Award at the ceremony for his work on the Bourne trilogy and more recently the Oscar-nominated, BAFTA-winning Captain Phillips.

To celebrate the nominations announcement, Jameson have commissioned a series of alternate posters from London-based illustrator Luke Drozd to recognise the talents in the Best Actor category, which sees Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), James McAvoy (Filth), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), Martin Freeman (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), and Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips) go head-to-head for the award.

The Jameson Empire Awards will be held in London on Sunday, 30th March. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and then  go cast your vote here!


Best Film (Presented by Sky Movies)

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Captain Phillips
  • Gravity
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Best Director (Presented by Air New Zealand)

  • Alfonso Cuarón – Gravity
  • Edgar Wright – The World’s End
  • Paul Greengrass – Captain Phillips
  • Peter Jackson – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave

Jameson Best Actor

  • Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
  • James McAvoy – Filth
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Martin Freeman – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips

Best Actress

  • Amy Adams – American Hustle
  • Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
  • Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks
  • Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Sandra Bullock – Gravity

Best British Film

  • Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
  • Filth
  • Rush
  • Sunshine on Leith
  • The World’s End

Best Supporting Actress

  • Evangeline Lilly – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
  • Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
  • Mia Wasikowska – Stoker
  • Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine

Best Supporting Actor

  • Daniel Brühl – Rush
  • Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
  • Sam Claflin – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Richard Armitage – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Tom Hiddleston – Thor: The Dark World

Best Sci-Fi / Fantasy (Presented by MediCinema)

  • Gravity
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Pacific Rim
  • Star Trek Into Darkness

Best Thriller

  • Captain Phillips
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Now You See Me
  • Prisoners
  • Trance

Best Comedy (Presented by Magic)

  • Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
  • This Is 40
  • This Is The End
  • The World’s End

Best Horror

  • A Field in England
  • The Conjuring
  • Evil Dead
  • World War Z
  • You’re Next

Best Female Newcomer

  • Adèle Exarchopoulous – Blue is the Warmest Colour
  • Antonia Thomas – Sunshine on Leith
  • Elizabeth Debicki – The Great Gatsby
  • Freya Mavor – Sunshine on Leith
  • Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
  • Margot Robbie – The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Male Newcomer (Presented by Tresor Paris)

  • Aidan Turner – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
  • George MacKay – Sunshine on Leith
  • Oscar Isaac – Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Tye Sheridan – Mud
  • Will Poulter – We’re the Millers