Empire awards: Gary Oldman named film icon

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Actor Gary Oldman has been named a film icon at the Empire movie awards.

The star of Dracula and JFK picked up his award from Colin Firth, who won in the best actor category for his Oscar-winning role in The King's Speech.

"Icon is a lovely word, but Sir is a better word!" Oldman joked backstage at the London ceremony.

Inception won best film prize, Kick-Ass was named best British film and the best actress was The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace.

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Sirius Black, Sid Vicious, Lee Harvey Oswald, George Smiley - I've had a real share”

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The Empire awards, hosted by comic Dara O Briain at the Grosvenor House Hotel, took place exactly a month after the Oscars. They are last major ceremony of the film awards season.

'Iconic roles'

Teenage star Chloe Moretz, who starred in Kick-Ass and vampire film Let Me In, won the best newcomer award.

The Empire hero award was presented to Keira Knightley by her Atonement co-star James McAvoy.

Oldman, who recently finished filming Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - alongside Colin Firth - told the BBC that he had been lucky to have so many iconic roles, most recently his recurring role in the Harry Potter series of films.

"Sirius Black, Sid Vicious, Lee Harvey Oswald, George Smiley - I've had a real share," he said.

Keira Knightley poses for photographers at the Grosvenor Hotel The Empire Hero award was presented to Keira Knightley

"I have had 10 years of pedigree fantasy with Potter and the Dark Knight, but it's nice to come back to something like Tinker, Tailor."

Among the attendees on the red carpet were Noel Clarke, Sarah Harding, Jonathan Ross, Lily Cole and the stars from The Inbetweeners, who have just finished making a movie version of the TV hit comedy.

The best comedy award went to Chris Morris's satirical suicide bomber film Four Lions.

The Last Exorcism won best horror, with Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part One winning best sci-fi/fantasy.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo picked up its second award of the night for best thriller.

An inspiration award went to Edgar Wright, who also picked up best director for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

"I'm only 36, so it's a big responsibility," he said of his inspiration award.

"I started out as an amateur filmmaker, and over the last year teenagers and people in their early 20s have sent me films that are remakes or mash-ups of my films. I'm always extremely flattered if someone says I'm an inspiration."

Jonathan Ross with his wife Jane Goldman Kick-Ass writer Jane Goldman attended the awards with husband Jonathan Ross

Comic book comedy Kick-Ass was named best british film and its writer Jane Goldman told the BBC the award meant a lot.

"We're terribly grateful for it because the Empire awards are voted for by the movie-going public."

She said she had had no complaints about the film's violent scenes, many involving a child (Chloe Moretz as Hit Girl).

"There never really was a genuine controversy. It had an appropriate rating for its content and I never heard any actual people complain about it."

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