Henry Cavill and Kit Harington among the hottest stars at the Empire Awards
Henry Cavill and Kit Harington were among the stars at the Empire Awards on Sunday night. Looking dapper in their suits, both British actors hit the red carpet in true style – standing out with their hipster beards. Game of Thrones star Kit was brooding on the red carpet in his all-black outfit, before his TV show picked up the award for Empire Hero this year. Taking the award from Simon Pegg, who won it last year, Harington was joined on stage by his co-stars Liam Cunningham, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Indira Varma and Dean Charles Chapman.
Dean Charles-Chapman, Liam Cunningham, Kit Harington, Isaac Kempstead and Thomas Brodie-Sangster collect the Empire Hero Award
“We are literally the last surviving members of Game Of Thrones,” Kit, who plays Jon Snow said. “We’re also not trusted to talk much, so our overlords have recorded a little video.” Henry Cavill, who is set to star in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is due out next year, kept his muscles under wraps at the event, which was held at Grosvenor House Hotel.
Henry Cavill and Jessica Chastain on stage during the Jameson Empire Awards 2015
Ralph Fiennes has said he would “bat away” his newly acquired ‘Legend’ title, joking it is only for dead people. The Oscar-nominated and Bafta-winning actor and director received the honour from Liam Neeson at the 2015 Jameson Empire Awards in London. “I’m not (a legend). I said in my speech that
Ralph Fiennes, winner of the Empire Legend award, and presenter Liam Neeson pose in the Winners Room at the Jameson Empire Awards 2015 at Grosvenor House
The 52-year-old, who will reprise his role as M in the next James Bond film Spectre, said he will “find some quiet, out-of-the-way place” for his new gong. He also revealed his dream role, saying: “I would have liked to be in the Godfather trilogy. That wouldn’t have been very good casting.” Christopher Nolan’s outer space adventure Interstellar was the big winner of the night, as it picked up three prizes including best film. The British filmmaker was also named best director, and took home the Inspiration award. Andy Serkis ended Eddie Redmayne’s clean sweep of award wins when he was voted best actor for his motion-capture performance in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, also beating off competition from Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Armitage and Bradley Cooper.
Andy Serkis wins the Best Actor Award
“I’m really thrilled and excited because finally, performance capture is respected across the board and considered on par as any other actor,”Serkis said. “You can’t compare performances. They’re all good and different but I’m glad I have touched audiences as much as a live actor can and been recognised for it.” Other winners included Rosamund Pike, former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan and Kingsman: The Secret Service actor Taron Egerton, scooping the best male newcomer prize. “This is so cool! It is exciting because I genuinely did not think I was going to win it because everyone else in the category should have won. It’s a shock and I feel overwhelmed,” Gillan said.
Christopher Nolan and wife Emma Thomas (left) with the Best Film Award for Interstellar, Best Director and Empire Inspiration Award, alongside Jessica Chastain
Kingsman: The Secret Service, directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Colin Firth, Mark Strong and Sir Michael Caine, won best British film.The Imitation Game starring, Cumberbatch as wartime codebreaker Alan Turing, was named best thriller, while Paddington was voted best comedy. Peter Capaldi, who voiced Mr Curry in Paddington, said the film spoke to people because “it has heart”. X-Men: Days Of Future Past was named best sci-fi/fantasy film and The Babadook was voted best horror. Stars including Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe attended the star-studded ceremony, which was hosted by James Nesbitt. The Empire Awards, now in its 20th year and sponsored by Jameson Irish whiskey, took place at the Grosvenor Park hotel in London.