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Alfonso Cuaron dominates Empire Awards

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Mar 30, 2014 | 10:00pm EDT

Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron picked up two major prizes at the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 in London on Sunday (30Mar14), including trophies for Best Director and Best Film. The Mexican filmmaker added even more statues to his awards haul during the star-studded ceremony at Grosvenor House, just weeks after earning his first Best Director prize at the Academy Awards. Cuaron was unable to attend the event, but accepted his awards via video messages. The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug also tied for two wins, including Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Best Male Newcomer for Aidan Turner. Meanwhile, other acting honours went to Margot Robbie in Best Female Newcomer (The Wolf of Wall Street), Emma Thompson for Best Actress (Saving Mr. Banks), James McAvoy for Best Actor (Filth), and Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) for Best Supporting Actor and Actress, respectively. Earning top genre prizes were Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (Best Comedy), The Conjuring (Best Horror), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 
(Best Thriller), and The World's End (Best British Film). Special honours were also handed out to a number of Hollywood A-listers, including Tom Cruise (Legend of Our Lifetime), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Action Hero of Our Lifetime), Hugh Jackman (Empire Icon), Simon Pegg (Empire Hero) and Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass (Empire Inspiration).

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