"The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug" leads Empire Award nominations

February 24th, 2014

'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' leads the Jameson Empire Film Awards nominations.

The second film in the trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' - which was the fourth-highest-grossing film at the UK box office in 2013 - has scored an impressive seven nominations for Best Film, Best Sci-Fi, Actor (Martin Freeman), Male Newcomer (Aidan Turner), Supporting Actor (Richard Armitage), Supporting Actress (Evangeline Lilly), and Director (Peter Jackson).

Freeman will face stiff competition in the public vote from fellow leading men 12 Years A Slave's Chiwetel Ejiofor, 'Filth' actor James McAvoy, 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' star Leonardo DiCaprio and Captain Phillips' Tom Hanks.

Meanwhile, the Best Actress gong will see Amy Adams go up against her 'American Hustle' co-star Jennifer Lawrence for her role as Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'.

They are joined by 'Blue Jasmine' star Cate Blanchett, Saving Mr. Banks' Emma Thompson and 'Gravity' actress Sandra Bullock.

Meanwhile, '12 Years A Slave' has six nominations, 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' and 'Captain Phillips' both have five and 'Gravity' follows with four in the line-up which is chosen solely by the cinemagoing public.

The nominations also feature movies from the last year which were not recognised in the industry-voted awards season, including box-office hits 'The Conjuring' and 'Evil Dead'.

The complete list of The Jameson Empire Awards nominations are as follows:

Best Film:

'12 Years A Slave'

'Captain Phillips'


'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug'

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

Best Director:

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'

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 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 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 Male Newcomer:

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'

Best Female Newcomer:

Adèle Exarchopoulos - '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 Horror:

'A Field In England'

'The Conjuring'

'Evil Dead'

'World War Z'

'You're Next'

Best Comedy:

'Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa'

'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues'

'This Is 40'

'This Is The End'

'The World's End'

Best Thriller:

'Captain Phillips'

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

'Now You See Me'



Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy:


'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug'

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

'Pacific Rim'

'Star Trek Into Darkness'

Best British Film:

'Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa'



'Sunshine On Leith'

'The World's End'