'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Leads Nominations for U.K.'s Empire Awards

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The eighth installment in the galactic franchise has nine nominations.

U.K. film magazine Empire has unveiled the list of nominations for its annual Empire Awards, including one category sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter. 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the biggest title last year in British cinemas, leads the pack with nine nominations, including for best film, best sci-fi fantasy, best actress, best actor and best director. 

Baby Driver and Get Out both have five nominations, while U.K. indie hit God's Own Country is up for three awards. 

Golden Globe and SAG winner Gary Oldman could add another accolade to his collection (which may well include an Oscar by the time the Empire Awards take place). The British star is up for best actor for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour alongside Hugh Jackman (Logan), John Boyega (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Andy Serkis (War for the Planet of the Apes) and Armie Hammer (Call Me by Your Name). 

Elsewhere, Wonder Woman's Patty Jenkins battles it out for best director against Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Edgar Wright (Baby Driver), Jordan Peele (Get Out) and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok). 

The best British film category — sponsored by THR — includes God's Own Country, Darkest Hour, The Death of Stalin, Dunkirk and Paddington 2. 

The Empire Awards are set to take place at London's Camden Roundhouse on March 18.