Rakuten TV Empire Awards 2018 – The Winners!

Just when you thought awards season was over, it’s time for the Rakuten TV Empire Awards, hosted by the popular film publication in London and voted for by readers, offering a list of winners far from identical to that of the standard awards fair. So, who won big at this years award?

Star WarsThe Last Jedi may have been divisive, but the lovers made themselves known as it took home awards for Best Film, Best Director for Rian Johnson, Best Actress for Daisy Ridley, Best Visual Effects, and Best Costume Design while Mark Hamill was awarded with Emprie Icon Award, and deservedly so. Other films that managed to pick up more than award were Jordan Peele’s Get Out, for Best Horror and Best Screenplay, God’s Own Country, winning Best British Film (Over fan favourite Paddington 2) and Best Male Newcomer for star Josh O’Connor, and Logan, as stars Dafne Keen and Hugh Jackman won Best Female Newcomer and Best Actor respectively. It’s about time Jackman got some awards love for his final turn as Wolverine.

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy went to the beloved Wonder Woman, Best Animated Film unsurprisingly went to Pixar’s Coco, and Best Documentary went to the groundbreaking I Am Not Your Negro. Best Comedy went to Armando Iannuci’s satirical The Death of Stalin, and Kingsman: The Golden Circle beat Baby Driver, The Handmaiden, John Wick Chapter 2 and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri for Best Thriller. No, we don’t get it either. Still, Baby Driver was at least successful in winning Best Soundtrack and Best Production Design, while director Edgar Wright was awarded the Empire Visionary Award. Closing out the technical awards, Beauty and the Beast was awarded Best Make Up & Hair.

Over on the television side of things, it was pretty spread out; Netflix royal drama The Crown won Best TV Show, while Jason Isaacs and Nicole Kidman picked up the acting awards for their roles in Star Trek: Discovery and the astonishing Big Little Lies respectively. I still maintain that Reese Witherspoon should be winning all these awards. Finally, the Empire Inspiration award went to Amma Asante, the director of indie British hits Belle and A United Kingdom, the Empire Legend of Our Lifetime award went to Steven Spielberg, for reasons I’m sure I don’t have to explain.

And that’s it for the Rakuten Empire Awards 2018.

Do you agree with the winners?
Did you stop reading once you saw The Last Jedi won Best Film?
Let us know in the comments!


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