Last Jedi dominates Empire Awards as Spielberg praises Time’s Up

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has taken home six prizes at the Empire Awards, at which readers of the movie magazine vote for their best films from last year.

Daisy Ripley was named Best Actress for the Empire Awards’ Best Film, The Last Jedi

As well as taking the Best Film award, Rian Johnson was named the Best Director, the Best Actress prize went to Daisy Ridley, it won in the costume and visual effects categories and Mark Hamill, who’s starred as Luke Skywalker since 1977’s Episode IV: A New Hope, was presented with the Empire Icon trophy.

Hugh Jackman was named Best Actor by Empire Readers for Logan and his co-star Dafne Keen was given the best female newcomer award. The best male newcomer was Britain’s Josh O’Connor for God’s Own Country, which was named the Best British film.

The Empire Awards also honour films by genre and readers picked Wonder Woman as their best sci-fi/fantasy film, while Get Out was named the best horror.

In the TV categories, Nicole Kidman was named the best actress for Big Little Lies, while Jason Isaacs took the male equivalent for Star Trek: Discovery. The Crown won the prize for the best TV series.

Empire’s Legend of Our Lifetime, Steven Spielberg, in London to promote Ready Player One

The magazine also honours film-makers for their wider contribution to the industry. The A United Kingdom director Amma Asante was given the Empire Inspiration Award. The Baby Driver, Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright was handed the Visionary Award and Empire’s Legend of Our Lifetime honour went to Steven Spielberg, in London to promote his upcoming gaming adventure Ready Player One.

The Oscar-winning director used his acceptance speech to describe the post-Weinstein shake-up of Hollywood as a “watershed moment” for attitudes in the industry. He praised the fight against sexual harassment, saying that it was bringing about “extraordinary change.”  “It’s been a rich and diverse year for film and for gender and for race, and for speaking out. Thank you, Time’s Up,” he remarked. “This is more important than any of us can ever really realise,” he continued. “This is the end of the way things were. It’ll never be that way again hopefully.”