The final film in the British fantasy film franchise took the top prize at the Empire Film Awards 2012 in London last night.
Along with Best Film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 scooped the award for Best Director, for David Yates. Accepting the award he commented, “It’s a real treat to get this from people who love movies,” referencing the fact that the awards are decided entirely by the public.
Harry Potter was not the only British film to emerge victorious, with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy winning the awards for Best British Film, Best Thriller, and Best Actor, which went to self-proclaimed ‘veteran’ actor Gary Oldman. Oldman, who received his first Oscar nomination this year after 32 years in the industry, commented that he was delighted to be receiving an award voted for by movie-goers, “This is a very special award, because it isn’t political. There’s no agenda, it’s just movie fans and I will cherish this.”
Best Actress went to Olivia Colman for her harrowing portrayal of a battered house-wife in Paddy Consedine’s Tyrannosaur. “Although it doesn’t seem it, it was the most enjoyable experience I’ve ever had on set,” said Colman on accepting her award.
Another British film, The Inbetweeners, beat out raunchy comedy Bridesmaids to win the Best Comedy prize.
Listen to Katrina Conaglen and Kirsten Waller’s discussion of the awards in an Edinburgh Napier News podcast extra:
Full list of winners
Best film: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Best British film: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Best actor: Gary Oldman
Best actress: Olivia Colman
Best Director: David Yates (Harry Potter)
Best male newcomer: Tom Hiddleston (Thor)
Best female newcomer: Felicity Jones (Like Crazy)
Best comedy: The Inbetweeners Movie
Best horror: Kill List
Best thriller: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Best sci-fi: Thor
The Art of 3D award: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Empire Hero: Michael Fassbender
Empire Inspiration Award:Ron Howard
Empire Legend:Tim Burton