Daniel Craig's third outing as 007, Skyfall, has grown to become the most successful James Bond film ever and the biggest-ever U.K. box-office hit – and after winning two Academy Awards it now leads the pack for the 18th Jameson Empire Awards with six nominations.
Skyfall is up for Best Thriller, Best British Film, Best Director, Jameson Best Actor (Daniel Craig), Best Actress presented by Citroën (Dame Judi Dench), and Best Film presented by Sky Movies. Nipping at Bond's heels are The Avengers and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, going head-to-head in five categories: Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy (with strong competition from Looper, Prometheus and Dredd 3D), The Art Of 3D presented by RealD (up against Life of Pi, Dredd 3D and Prometheus), Best Director and Best Film. Those films' stars, Robert Downey Jr. and Martin Freeman, will face off in the Jameson Best Actor category against Daniel Craig and Oscar-winners Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained).
Among the other categories, Entertainment Tonight is presenting Best Male Newcomer, with Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi), Domhnall Gleeson (Anna Karenina), Rafe Spall (Life of Pi), Steve Oram (Sightseers) and Tom Holland (The Impossible) in the running, reports ET Online.
Pitched as an antidote to more formal, industry-voted awards, the Jameson Empire Awards are voted for entirely by the cinema-going public, who can now vote on the final short list of nominees comprised of many names and titles that may have missed out at other awards ceremonies.