The Imitation Game nabs most nominations at 20th Empire Awards

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Readers of Empire Magazine have voted for World War II drama The Imitation Game in 6 of a possible 11 categories. The awards will take place on Sunday March 29, and will once again be hosted by James Nesbitt.

If you thought awards season was all over after the surprisingly low-key Oscars, then think again. With Cannes following soon after the Empire Awards, it’s now a year-long conveyor belt of after-parties and notable snubs. What makes this one different from most of the others is the inclusion of more mainstream fare as well as the usual suspects. Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Boyhood and The Theory of Everything will be popular hits Interstellar and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Also in the running are recent films like Kingsman: The Secret Service and The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. Other notable nominees are Paddington and Under the Skin, two very different home-grown films that will battle it out against the aforementioned Kingsman, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything for the title of Best British Film. Other nominees that missed out elsewhere include Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies) and Andy Serkis (Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes) who will go up against more familiar names Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch and Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne for the title of Jameson Best Actor of the Year.

The nominations for the Jameson Empire Awards cover films released within the period January 31, 2014, to January 31, 2015, and will be the first under the stewardship of new Empire Editor-in-Chief Morgan Rees. The full list of nominees are available here:

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Cassam Looch has been watching films ever since his first trip to the cinema to catch Care Bears: The Movie and writing about them after a traumatic incident involving Moonwalker. If he's not hassling celebrities on the red carpet, he'll usually be found in the darkened screening rooms of Soho.

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