Monday, March 14, 2005

Post-Oscar film awards continue at respectful distance

Two weeks after the glamour and hype of the world's leading film awards, the Oscars, the annual awards season continues at a respectful distance. First up in the UK is the reader-voted Empire Awards, or, to give them their full title, the Sony Ericsson Empire Awards. Now in their 10th year, these awards were held at London's Guildhall and will be broadcast on national UK television later this week. Crucially, these awards are not voted for by peers or by industry bigwigs - they were determined by 12,000 readers of the film magazine Empire. The Empire Awards featured 14 different categories, including the publicity-friendly 'Icon of the Decade' award and the sponsor's own 'Sony Ericsson Scene of the Year'. The awards trophies comprised of an 8x10in flat award, made from perspex with colour imprinted graphics.