Final Harry Potter wins top prize at Empire Awards

26/03/12

Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

The final instalment of the Harry Potter film franchise has won the top prize at the 2012 Empire Awards.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 scooped best film and best director for David Yates, with many of the film's cast attending the ceremony.

Gary Oldman won best actor for his role in political thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

And The Inbetweeners Movie beat Bridesmaids to pick up best comedy.

Blake Harrison, who plays Neil in the film, told Newsbeat: "It's a real honour for us to win this award as people have gone out of their way to vote."

And Joe Thomas, who stars as Simon, added: "We used to joke about the prospect of us making a film back in the early days. It's amazing for us to have done that. We feel enormously privileged."

The Empire Awards are voted for entirely by the public.

Blockbusters Thor and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn also won.

Daniel Radcliffe was unable to attend the ceremony to receive Harry Potter's prize, but left a video message, saying: "I've always been quite a harsh judge of the series, but I was over the moon with this final film. I think we went out on a high note."

Tinker Tailor treble

Oldman won the best actor prize after losing out to France's Jean Dujardin, who starred in The Artist, at both the Oscars and the Baftas.

Speaking backstage he said: "There's no agenda, there's no politics, it's just people who like movies voting on whether they like you or not!"

Oldman's film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy went on to win best British film and best thriller.

Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter
Image caption Film-maker Tim Burton picked up the Empire Legend award, accompanied by his partner Helena Bonham Carter

Olivia Colman got best actress for hard-hitting English drama Tyrannosaur. Accepting her award, she said: "Although it didn't seem it, it was the most enjoyable experience I've ever had on set."

Director Tim Burton, whose films include Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd and the 1989 version of Batman, picked up the Empire Legend award.

Michael Fassbender, star of X-Men: First Class, was given the Empire Hero prize.

"This is kind of unusual, because the first job I wanted to do was be Superman, so a hero award is official now," he said as he accepted the trophy.

Full list of winners

Best film: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

Best British film: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best actor: Gary Oldman

Best actress: Olivia Colman

Best Director: David Yates (Harry Potter)

Best male newcomer: Tom Hiddleston (Thor)

Best female newcomer: Felicity Jones (Like Crazy)

Best comedy: The Inbetweeners Movie

Best horror: Kill List

Best thriller: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best sci-fi: Thor

The Art of 3D award: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

Empire Hero: Michael Fassbender

Empire Inspiration Award:Ron Howard

Empire Legend:Tim Burton