‘Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug’ leads Empire Award nominations
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It may have only received nods for special effects and sound at the Oscars, but fantasy epic The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug leads the pack at this year’s Empire Movie Awards.

The film, which featured in our own Top 10 of 2013, has seven nominations in total. BAFTA-winner 12 Years A Slave has six, while Captain Phillips and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire have five apiece.

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Gravity meanwhile is up for just four accolades, despite being seen as an Oscar frontrunner and considered by many critics to be the movie of last year.

Somewhat pointedly following the controversy surrounding its inclusion and subsequent win at the BAFTAs, the space thriller is entirely absent from the British Film category – where the likes of Filth and The World’s End are recognised instead.

Decided by public vote, the Empire Awards are generally seen as offering a fairer reflection of movie-goers’ tastes than the Oscars, with major action films typically among the most decorated movies, and separate honours awarded for genres including comedy, horror, sci-fi/fantasy and thriller.

It’s certainly nice to see unsung gems such as You’re Next, Prisoners and A Field In England getting their time in the limelight.

Martin Freeman, meanwhile, is up for Best Actor for the second year running – alongside such esteemed contenders as Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Check out the full list of nominations:

BEST MALE NEWCOMER (presented by Tresor Paris)
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)

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)

A Field In England
The Conjuring
Evil Dead
World War Z
You’re Next

BEST COMEDY (presented by Magic 105.4)
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
This Is 40
This Is The End
The World’s End

Captain Phillips
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Now You See Me

BEST SCI-FI/FANTASY (presented by MediCinema)
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Pacific Rim
Star Trek Into Darkness

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)

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)

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
Sunshine On Leith
The World’s End

Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)
Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)

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 DIRECTOR (presented by Air New Zealand)
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 FILM (presented by Sky Movies)
12 Years A Slave
Captain Phillips
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Cast your votes for who you want to win here

Mark Butler

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