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7 February 2017

Nominations Revealed for Three Empire Awards 2017

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story leads the field, with nine nominations including Best Actress and Best Film

Amy Adams receives a nomination for Best Actress in Arrival, having been snubbed by the Oscars

Fan favourite Deadpool receives five nominations, including a nod for Ryan Reynolds for Best Actor

Andrea Arnold features on the Best Director list – a welcome inclusion of a female director

British film triumphs with I, Daniel Blake and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them receiving nods across the board


Empire Magazine, the world’s biggest film and entertainment brand, has unveiled the nominations for the Three Empire Awards, which will take place on 19 March at a brand new venue – Camden’s Roundhouse. The iconic awards show will celebrate the best in film and TV, voted for by fans, held at a star-studded event attended by some of the biggest and best-loved names in entertainment.

The awards continue to celebrate the diverse and rich talent within the film industry. Last year the Empire Awards was notable in celebrating diversity, and this year is no different. The fans have spoken and leading the field this year are Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (nine nominations) and Arrival (seven nominations), closely followed by Oscar favourite La La Land (five nominations). Other contenders in the Best Film category, which is sponsored by Sky Movies, include Hunt For The Wilderpeople and Deadpool. British film is also celebrated with I, Daniel Blake and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them receiving nods across the categories.

The Best Actress category, which is sponsored by Three, is looking strong, with Amy Adams being given a nod for her stellar performance in Arrival. She battles it out with Natalie Portman (Jackie), Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Ruth Negga (Loving) and Oscar favourite Emma Stone (La La Land). For Best Actor, which is also sponsored by Three, Ryan Reynolds is nominated for his superhero performance in Deadpool, alongside a strong group of lead actors including Ryan Gosling (La La Land), Casey Affleck (Manchester By The Sea) and British talent Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) and Eddie Redmayne (Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them).

British filmmaking talent is once more recognised in the coveted Best British Film category, which is sponsored this year by The Hollywood Reporter. The nominations include: High Rise, I, Daniel Blake, The Girl With All The Gifts, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and Eddie the Eagle. The Best Comedy category honours Ghostbusters, which has proved popular with the fans, alongside Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Deadpool, The Nice Guys and The Greasy Strangler.

There is a wealth of new talent in the best newcomers categories. Best Male Newcomer includes: Julian Dennison (Hunt For The Wilderpeople), Lewis MacDougall (A Monster Calls), Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake) and Tom Holland (Captain America: Civil War). The Best Female Newcomer category boasts such talent as Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), Sennia Nanua (The Girl With All the Gifts) , Sasha Lane (American Honey), Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake) and Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys).

Small-screen drama is celebrated in the Best TV category, sponsored by Magic Radio, with these shows battling it for supremacy: Game Of Thrones, Stranger Things, The Night Manager, Sherlock and Westworld.

Best Director, which is sponsored by VUE entertainment, features talented female director Andrea Arnold (American Honey) alongside Taika Waititi (Hunt For The Wilderpeople), Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake) and Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).

Voting closes on Friday 24 February, and the Empire Awards 2017 winners will be announced at a star-studded ceremony at The Roundhouse, Camden on Sunday March 19.

Empire’s Editor-In-Chief Terri White comments: “This year has once again seen the fans out in force to vote for their favourite films in the Three Empire Awards. Which is why we are the only awards ceremony in the world to recognise Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story alongside La La Land and Arrival! There are none more passionate about film than the Empire audience and we’re expecting some big surprises when we honour the winners on the 19th March.”

The nominations for this year’s Three Empire Awards cover films released within the period 31st January 2016 to 31st January 2017.



Full list of 2017 Nominations


Best Male Newcomer

  • Julian Dennison (Hunt For The Wilderpeople) – Vertigo
  • Lewis MacDougall (A Monster Calls) – eOne
  • Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) – Disney
  • Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake) – eOne
  • Tom Holland (Captain America: Civil War) – Disney


Best Female Newcomer

  • Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) – Universal
  • Sennia Nanua (The Girl With All The Gifts) – Warner Bros.
  • Sasha Lane (American Honey) – Universal
  • Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake) – eOne
  • Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys) – Icon


Best Sci-fi/Fantasy 

  • Arrival – eOne
  • A Monster Calls – eOne
  • Doctor Strange – Disney
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Disney
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane – Paramount


Best Comedy

  • Hunt For The Wilderpeople – Vertigo
  • Deadpool – Twentieth Century Fox
  • The Nice Guys – Icon
  • The Greasy Strangler – Picturehouse
  • Ghostbusters – Sony


Best Horror 

  • Under The Shadow – Vertigo The Witch – Universal
  • Green Room – Altitude
  • The Conjuring 2 – Warner Bros.
  • Don’t Breathe- Sony


Best Thriller

  • Victoria – Curzon
  • Jason Bourne – Universal
  • Nocturnal Animals – Universal
  • Hell Or High Water – Studiocanal
  • Captain America: Civil War – Disney


Best British Film

  • High Rise – Studiocanal
  • I, Daniel Blake – eOne
  • The Girl With All The Gifts – Warner Bros.
  • Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them – Warner Bros.
  • Eddie The Eagle – Twentieth Century Fox


Best Actor

  • Ryan Gosling (La La Land) – Lionsgate
  • Casey Affleck (Manchester By The Sea) – Studiocanal
  • Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) – Fox
  • Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) – Disney
  • Eddie Redmayne (Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them) – Warner Bros.

Best Actress

  • Natalie Portman (Jackie) – eOne
  • Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) – Disney
  • Amy Adams (Arrival) – eOne
  • Ruth Negga (Loving) – Universal
  • Emma Stone (La La Land) – Lionsgate


Best Director 

  • Taika Waititi (Hunt For The Wilderpeople) – Vertigo
  • Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) – eOne
  • Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake) – eOne
  • Andrea Arnold (American Honey) – Universal
  • Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) – Disney


Best Film

  • Hunt For The Wilderpeople – Vertigo
  • Arrival – eOne
  • La La Land – Lionsgate
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Disney
  • Deadpool – Twentieth Century Fox


Best TV Series

  • Game of Thrones – Sky
  • Stranger Things – Netflix
  • The Night Manager – BBC
  • Sherlock – BBC
  • Westworld – Sky


For further information, please contact:


James Rich at Bauer Media


T: +44 (0) 7999 118 733


Effie Kanyua at Bauer Media


T: +44 (0) 207 208 3519


For red carpet accreditation and enquiries:


Matty O’Riordan at Premier


T: +44 (0) 20 7292 8330




Full list of Empire Awards 2017 categories:


  • Best Male Newcomer
  • Best Female Newcomer
  • Best Sci-fi / Fantasy
  • Best Comedy – presented by Absolute Radio
  • Best Horror
  • Best Thriller
  • Best British Film – presented by The Hollywood Reporter
  • Best Actor – presented by Three
  • Best Actress – presented by Three
  • Best Director – presented by VUE entertainment
  • Best Film – presented by Sky Cinema
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Animated Film
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Soundtrack
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Make-Up and Hairstyling
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Use of 3D
  • Best Short Film
  • Best Production Design
  • Best TV Series – presented by Magic Radio
  • Best Video Game


About Empire:

Empire is the world’s biggest movie magazine brand. Constantly evolving, it has expanded its breadth of content to cover every cinematic form from movies and TV to streaming and mobile. Connecting with three million fans across its multiple touchpoints, Empire continues to deliver compelling entertainment content and unique creative cover treatments, with world-first reveals for films such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Suicide Squad.


About Bauer Media:

Bauer Media UK reaches over 25 million UK consumers through a portfolio of world-class, multi-platform media and entertainment brands including heat, Kiss, Grazia, Empire, TV Choice, Take a Break, Bella, Magic and Absolute Radio. It creates and curates entertaining media content that audiences love whenever, wherever and however they want through a multi-channel strategy and a focus on product excellence and audience insight. The result is an exciting array of influential brands, content and talent which provide compelling and engaging advertising opportunities with valuable audiences for UK commercial partners. Bauer Media UK is part of the Bauer Media Group, one of the world’s largest privately owned media businesses with media assets all over the globe.


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