'Interstellar' Scoops Top Gong at Empire Awards
'Kingsman: The Secret Service' took best British film, presented by The Hollywood Reporter.
Christopher Nolan became something of a regular onstage at the Empire Awards, held in London’s glitzy Grosvenor House hotel on Sunday.
Aside from picking up the film magazine’s Inspiration gong, presented to him by Jessica Chastain, the filmmaker won best director for Interstellar, and later went up again with the sci-fi epic winning the overall best film award.
The Hollywood Reporter presented the best British film award, which went to Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Speaking to THR after the accepting the award, the spy-comedy’s star, Mark Strong, talked about its ongoing international achievements.
"The facts are incredible: £300 million ($445 million) worldwide and rising — it had a bigger opening than Bond in Korea and it was the biggest opening this year in India," he said. "For a little independent movie that was made in London, the success it’s having is unbelievable."
Other winners on the night included Andy Serkis, named best actor for his performance-captured lead role in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, beating Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne.
“Alan Turing, Stephen Hawking, Caesar ... it just goes to show you what a load of old bollocks awards are,” he joked onstage.
Rosamund Pike wasn’t in attendance, but gave a video acceptance speech after winning the best actress award for Gone Girl.
"I cannot believe that the one time I can't attend an award ceremony is the one time I win. I've become so accomplished at losing," she said, adding that, having been told that David Fincher never casts Bond girls in his movies, she made some "strategic choices," including Doom and Wrath of the Titans, to convince him.
Winner of the Legend award went to Ralph Fiennes, with Liam Neeson onstage to give him the honor.
Having received a standing ovation, The Grand Budapest Hotel star went on to make an unusual name drop.
"May the spirit of J-Lo, with whom I maided in Manhattan, stop me from ever taking myself too seriously,” he told the audience.
Other attendees included James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe, Karen Gillan, Simon Pegg, Peter Capaldi and Henry Cavill. The Man of Steel star was among the last to leave the dance floor at the afterparty that went on well into Monday morning.