Empire Jameson Awards

I’ve just been looking at Empire Magazine’s alternative Best Film Awards, the Jamesons. Forget the BAFTAs, these are the awards that recognise the existence of GENRE movies!

Refreshingly therefore Kick-Ass wins Best British Film.  It wasn’t even mentioned in the BAFTAs, and according to the bizarre etiquette of the British Film Industry it isn’t considered to be a British film because it was financed with  American money.  But it’s produced and directed by Matthew Vaughn, the Brit who produced Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, then went on to direct the brilliant Layer Cake and the excellent Stardust;  and it’s written by Brit Jane Goldman.  Sure, Vaughn’s production company MARV Films is based in LA, but he’s still British; and his company also recently produced the Brit movie Harry Brown with Michael Caine.  He’s one of ours, guys! 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 wins the Longest Title in a Franchise Which I Stopped Watching a While Back award; and also wins best Sci-Fi/Fantasy.  This is because Inception was given Best Film, and they wanted to share the gongs out fairly.

To my regret, there’s no mention of the excellent Repo Men, directed by Miguel Sapochnik and written by Garrett Lerner and Eric Garcia from the novel by Eric Garcia.  For me this was the best Sci-Fi/Fantasy AND the best Comedy of 2010; it’s a black tale of a world in which, if you fail to keep up the payments on your transplanted organ, Repo Men are sent to shoot you with stun guns and rip the organ back out again.  It’s a dazzlingly scary thriller AND it’s funny. And Jude Law is well back on form.  Also not nominated was the slick and exhilarating heist movie Takers, which for my money was far superior to the lachrymose and pretentious (though often very exciting) heist movie The Town, which WAS nominated.

I also think it’s perverse not to give the Best Film Award to True Grit; the most elegantly written, beautifully shot, wonderfully acted film of last year. 

Keira Knightly gets a special award for being Keira Knightly – and she was indeedly unexpectedly excellent in the spooky SF drama Never Let Me Go, also a 2010 release.  And Colin Firth gets his obligatory Best Actor Award for that movie in which the best actor was Geoffrey Rush. (I’m not really sniping – it was a great performance.)

And Bravo!  to Empire for having the balls to have separate genre categories for their awards – it’s a scandal that the Oscars and the BAFTAs so rarely acknowledge the great thrillers, comedies, horrors, and SFF movies that are made each year.

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