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Star Trek Nominated For 3 Empire Awards February 25, 2010

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: CBS/Paramount,Star Trek (2009 film) , trackback

There is yet another award show that has announced nominees for the 2009 movies. This time it is the 13th annual Empire Awards. Empire is the UK’s leading film magazine. Once again Star Trek is on the list with three nominations, including Best Film. See below for details.


3 Empire nominations for Trek – Saldana nominated for Avatar

Star Trek is nominated for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Sci-Fi Film. While Star Trek has nabbed 3 nominations, it is Avatar and Inglorious Basterds that lead the field with five nominations each, including Best Actress for Zoe Saldana in Avatar (so not everyone is ignoring performance capture).

Here is a full list of nominees for the 2010 Jameson Empire Awards:

Best Film presented by Sony
Star Trek
District 9
Inglourious Basterds
The Hurt Locker

Best Actor presented by Citroën
Sir Michael Caine (Harry Brown)
Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
Robert Pattinson (New Moon)
Sam Worthington (Avatar)
Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes)

Best Actress
Anne-Marie Duff (Nowhere Boy)
Carey Mulligan (An Education)
Zoe Saldana (Avatar)
Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria)
Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds)

Best Director
James Cameron (Avatar)
Neil Blomkamp (District 9)
JJ Abrams (Star Trek)
Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds)
Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)

Best British Film
Harry Brown
The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus
An Education
Nowhere Boy
In The Loop

Best Comedy
In The Loop
A Serious Man
The Hangover
Up In The Air
The Men Who Stare At Goats

Best Horror
Let The Right One In
Paranormal Activity
Drag Me To Hell

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Star Trek
District 9
The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus

Best Thriller
Harry Brown
Public Enemies
Inglourious Basterds
The Hurt Locker
Sherlock Holmes

Best Newcomer
Carey Mulligan (An Education)
Aaron Johnson (Nowhere Boy)
Sharlto Copley (District 9)
Anna Kendrick (Up In The Air/New Moon)
Katie Jarvis (Fish Tank)

Winners will be determined by online voting and the staff of Empire. The final decision is the reserved right of the Empire staff. You vote online at Empireonline.com/awards2010/vote/

The 2010 Jameson Empire Awards will take place on Sunday, March 28 at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel,  hosted by Irish comedian TV host Dara O Briain.

More upcoming award shows
The Award season is almost over. Tonight is the Costumers Guild event, and the Visual Effects and Sound Mixing guilds hold their award shows this weekend. Trek is nominated for awards at all three events. Then we wait for the Oscars which is the big finale to Award season, but the Empire Awards and the MTV awards are kind like encores.

Here is a list of upcoming award shows, along with links to the Star Trek nominations.



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February 25, 2010 12:17 pm

So Trek’s up against “Avatar” right down the line, again – it can’t win in a direct match-up with that film. “Star Trek” is wonderful, but “Avatar” is better.

I'm dead Jim
February 25, 2010 12:27 pm

2. Yeah, no doubt that Avatar spoiled Trek’s chances at winning more awards this year. Too bad.

February 25, 2010 12:30 pm

Avatar was good but it was not eppic. The only reason they made so much money is because of the premium price that 3D fetches. I think Avatar is over rated.

February 25, 2010 12:51 pm

Best Actress: Zoe Saldana (Avatar)

Thank goodness Empire recognizes good talent when it’s used properly. If they nominated Zoe for her role as Uhura over Neytiri, that would have been grossly unfortunate.

February 25, 2010 12:57 pm
#3: “The only reason they made so much money is because of the premium price that 3D fetches.” That’s demonstrably incorrect. Yes, 3-D ticket prices inflate the total take, but to say it’s the “only” reason it made so much money is to ignore some pretty simple math. First, we’ll make the simplifying assumption that the markup hasn’t _lost_ it any ticket sales. That’s unfair to Avatar, but it can hack it. Second, we’ll pretend that the 3-D markup fully _doubles_ the price, so we slash the grosses right down the middle. That’s way unfair to Avatar, but oh well,… Read more »
February 25, 2010 12:58 pm

TrekMovie should save itself some time and just say “and here’s a list of some more awards that Star Trek will not win due to Avatar.

Justice Boy
February 25, 2010 1:03 pm

I just hope Trek wins something.

February 25, 2010 1:32 pm

Empire gave ST09 a great review **** out of *****

but their reviews for the rest are abit off:

TMP deserves ***, TWOK *****, TSFS ****, TVH (isnt there) ****,

agree with TFFs **

TUC should have ****, GEN ***, FC ****, INS **, NEM **

I'm dead Jim
February 25, 2010 1:33 pm

I’m optimistic they can win the Oscar for makeup but that may be about it.

February 25, 2010 1:47 pm

A couple categories are sponsored!?!? Hahaha, what a classy award ceremony.

February 25, 2010 1:54 pm

I enjoyed Avatar (saw it twice in 3D) but I too am in the ‘overrated’ camp. It was a technology, rather than storytelling revolution. ‘Aliens’ is by far James Cameron’s best film in my opinion. As a fan I obviously enjoyed JJ Abrams’ Trek much more than Avatar; it’s a straight-up, streamlined action-adventure with timeless characters, against Cameron’s overplayed sprawl. However, even I’ll admit that ‘Hurt Locker’ should win Best Film. ;-)

February 25, 2010 2:04 pm

As much as I enjoyed “Avatar”, “Star Trek” was a better film. The big problem for me with “Avatar” was that it was about a half hour too long.
It dragged a bit at times. I never got that feeling with “Star Trek”. And “Star Trek”‘s visual effects were slightly better than “Avatar”s.

February 25, 2010 2:08 pm

#12: “I never got that feeling with “Star Trek”.”

Well, that’s one thing I think just about _anyone_ has to give to Trek. If they had awards for “briskest pacing that never ever EVER felt slow,” Trek could win a special Best of the Last Ten Years award :/

February 25, 2010 2:33 pm

Zero credibility for this awards show because of this:

Best Actor
Robert Pattinson

February 25, 2010 2:38 pm

#14 Well, apart from that one, I really can’t argue with the choices. But these awards are credible.

February 25, 2010 2:44 pm
@11. “it’s a straight-up, streamlined action-adventure with timeless characters” Well, what ever works for people is no problem, but I’m gona have to say that your ‘timeless characters’ thing is a little off. If these were the ‘timeless characters’ of the original Star Trek, I would agree with your point, but as everyone including the writers have stated, these are not those characters. They are a rehashed version of those characters done differently and are not bound to what made the original characters timeless in the first place. Were all the original series and movies straight-up, streamlined action-adventure stories? And… Read more »
"Check the Circuit!"
February 25, 2010 2:52 pm


Gotta disagree with you. Avatar was a better visual experience than Star Trek. Star Trek was a better film. Avatar as a film is derivative, formulaic and at times, downright cheesy. e.g. Mother Earth sends all the wild beasts to defend her children from the EEEEEEEEEVIL military/capitalists. Silly.

Mustard Shirt
February 25, 2010 2:55 pm

Easy to vote for Empire awards…. I just registered my choices.

Mustard Shirt
February 25, 2010 2:58 pm

I like the part where they stick their hair into animals. Bravo Cameron.

February 25, 2010 3:04 pm


First of all, I don’t disagree that Avatar, at least as far as the plot goes, is derivative (made of 100% post-consumer recycled genre cliche). It’s your basic going-native story, sure. Formula.

But what puzzles me is when people use this as a _comparative_ point to Trek09, which is _also_ made of 100% post-consumer recycled genre cliche.

So yes, Avatar is derivative, but that makes it different from Trek09 how?

The differences lie elsewhere. The “derivative” thing is a non-point.

February 25, 2010 3:13 pm

@19: “I like the part where they stick their hair into animals. Bravo Cameron.”

Yep. God forbid a writer who wants to make a scifi create an alien culture that does things we humans are incapable of doing. Leave it to the masses who take that alien concept at face value and treat it like it was something we should look at with a low point. Isnt that what the human characters in Avatar did? o.O

Kirk, James T.
February 25, 2010 3:29 pm
It’s a shame Avatar will win these awards because i feel Star Trek was a far better film, if not Trek then District 9 before Avatar. Avatar sure was great, not disputing that, i enjoyed it as much as i enjoy disney films but really? would anyone still be talking about it, would it have been nominated for a best-picture OSCAR had it not made so much money at BO or used state-of-the-art CGI and 3D technology – nnnno i don’t think so and it’s unfair that this world has become so driven by the almighty dollar that truly all… Read more »
Mustard Shirt
February 25, 2010 3:33 pm

@21: I got the whole’one with nature thing’ with the hair in the animals. I thought it was too blatant and very unsubtle from an Oscar winning director (still unbelievable). Cameron is so overrated as a storyteller.

Bob, the Evil Klingon Frontline Leader
February 25, 2010 3:43 pm

Avatar = Dances with Smurfs

It’s the cinematic equivalent of giving a starving man a Twinkie; it might curb his appetite for a bit, but ultimately leave him wanting something more substantial.

February 25, 2010 3:44 pm

#24: Star Trek 2009, on the other hand, is like giving a starving man a cartoon drawing of Twinkie, which then explodes.

February 25, 2010 3:55 pm
#5 I tend to agree with #3. E.g here in Germany the cinemacharts are measured by cinemagoers, and not by money. Titanic had 18,000,000 visitors, Avatar has 9.500.000 so far. I know that´s no proof and one cannot compare the situation in Germany with other country´s, but I think it´s a little hint. And besides that, there´s inflation. Remember, Titatanic is nearly 15 years old. A rough rule of thumbs says, prices are reduplicate every 20 years. P.s.: I´m suprised Star Trek is nominated for best movie. Best Sci-Fi movie is appropriate. But in the end, I´m afraid it won´t… Read more »
February 25, 2010 3:59 pm

#26: If you can refute the factual numbers in my post, please do so.

Post #3 claimed, explicitly, that the _only_ reason Avatar makes so much money is, _specifically,_ the premium charge placed on 3-D tickets. That claim is factually and demonstrably incorrect.

Your other points are well-taken but irrelevant to #3’s erroneous claim. I’m familiar with the inflationary differences (that’s why Avatar isn’t #1 adjusted, only #1 gross, etc) … but that’s not what the exchange between posts 3 and 5 are about.

February 25, 2010 4:26 pm

@ 27.

O.K., after reading your post again, I´m must say you´re right in that point ;-)

Rocket Scientist
February 25, 2010 4:39 pm
1. Dennis Bailey Agreed. After watching ST 09 on DVD a few months after seeing it in the theater, its flaws really jumped out at me. It’s fun but not much more. It requires a Trek fan to be very forgiving. Which I am becoming less and less, I suppose. Regarding Avatar’s derivative elements? Most songs are constructed from the same set of notes and chords that have been used by musicians since music was invented. Yet despite this, new original music is still possible because of the way in which these notes and chords are arranged and performed. For… Read more »
February 25, 2010 5:11 pm

@25: Thank God I wasn’t drinking anything while I read that — it would’ve come out my nose! :D

Though it sounds more like Michael Bay’s Star Trek than JJ Abrams … (can you imagine? *shudder*)

February 25, 2010 5:18 pm
The Empire Awards are always my favourite awards show besides the BAFTAS. The BAFTAS totally turned me off this year by nominating that moron Mo’Nique as Best (gag) Actress for Precious. I am not too fond of the Oscars or the Golden Globes either. Sandra Bullock’s nomination for that crap film The Blind Side is a joke. The majority of my favourite films are usually on Empire’s List. Besides Star Trek, it was great to see An Education, Young Victoria, Fish Tank, and Nowhere Boy on Empire’s List. Anne-Marie Duff is one of my favourite actresses and it is nice… Read more »
February 25, 2010 6:52 pm

#30: “Though it sounds more like Michael Bay’s Star Trek than JJ Abrams … (can you imagine? *shudder*)”

Aye, I suppose we must count our blessings :)

February 25, 2010 8:18 pm

” It was a technology, rather than storytelling revolution.”

There have been no “storytelling revolutions” for thousands of years.

February 25, 2010 11:26 pm
@16: I’m sure Orci and Kurtzman would argue that Abrams film represents the same essential characters as the original series, at least at this point. Neytiri is perhaps a stronger character than Uhura, but as a fan I’d much rather watch Uhura… @33: Perhaps ‘revolution’ was too dramatic a term, but what I was trying to say was that Avatar’s story was very much an archetype, as has been stated by Cameron himself. There may be only a dozen truly original stories, but there are countless ways you can spin those templates – countless variations – driven and populated by… Read more »
Kirk, James T.
February 26, 2010 2:09 am
The thing is that both films “Star Trek” and “Avatar” were huge blockbusters. However whilst i appreciate both the arguments presented S. John Ross seem to me to be completely bias Trekkie slander from a fan who didn’t like HIS timeline messed with. The simple truth of this is that Star Trek 2009 came from a 43 year old franchise, it didn’t gloat about it being revolutionary or original – it set about making “normal” people realise that hey, Star Trek is kinda cool! and it did that job well with an exciting story and great CGI and Acting –… Read more »
February 26, 2010 3:44 am

#35: “Avatar … gloated about the fact that it was on original story.”

Well, no, Avatar didn’t. Nor did the filmmaker: James Cameron himself has publicly compared it to Dances With Wolves.

February 26, 2010 3:46 am

#35: “S. John Ross seem to me to be completely bias Trekkie slander from a fan who didn’t like HIS timeline messed with. ”

Um. I’m the guy who says “canon” should be abolished because it’s ‘tarded and that they should have had the cojones to do a full-on reboot to save on the narrative load :/ Timeline, schimeline … the more damage to that the better. My complaint is that it failed on spirit, message, content and morality, not some namby-pamby timeline crapola :)

Red Skirt
February 26, 2010 9:47 am
#37, LOL, nice avoidance of the “R” word! #35, “The thing is that both films “Star Trek” and “Avatar” were huge blockbusters.” I think we have to redefine “blockbuster”, or “huge” then. Star Trek made less than $386 million worldwide and Avatar has made more than $2.4 billion. I don’t consider them even remotely in the same class as far as boxoffice. For that matter neither was Star Trek in the same class as Transformers 2. I would also point out, that while Star Trek did have a 43 year old fan base, Avatar did not. Yet ticket-for ticket, Star… Read more »
The Chief Engineer
February 26, 2010 11:32 am
Is Avatar really worthy of all the awards? Technical Awards – absolutely but Best Film awards?… Shouldn’t the top Best Film Oscar contenders also be nominated for Best Screenplay or Best Adapted Screenplay? The fact that Avatar has NOT been nominated for Best Screenplay says to me that the story wasn’t the best… how then does it qualify for Best Film? Surely a story is integral to a Best Film? What were the Academy thinking? Hurt Locker, Inglorious Basterds, Up, Precious, Up In The Air, A Serious Man, District 9, An Education all recognised for Best Writing and Best Film…… Read more »
February 26, 2010 11:50 am
@38 I agree with you, Avatar was hugely more successful than Trek in terms of box office. Did it truly earn “higher major critical praise”, though? Not sure how relevant this is, but for example Rotten Tomatoes cites Trek at 94% positive and Avatar as 82% positive. Admittedly, I haven’t read the content of all those reviews. Trek also had to fight a certain amount of negative stigma from the general public (Avatar did too, but I suspect the moviegoing public were in general more open minded than some genre fans upon seeing the trailer). I enjoyed both movies, but… Read more »
February 26, 2010 1:07 pm
#38: I’m saving all my surplus R’s to type “Red Skirt” with a bashful flutter of my eyelashes, of course :) #39: “Shouldn’t the top Best Film Oscar contenders also be nominated for Best Screenplay or Best Adapted Screenplay?” Quite a lot of people in filmmaking consider the screenplay a bit beside the point (for a truly hilarious take on this, find a copy of the Miller’s Crossing/Barton Fink script book … there’s an awesome intro by the guy who edited both films, where he dismisses scripts in venomous terms as, basically, just something to keep the actors out of… Read more »
Red Skirt
February 26, 2010 2:22 pm
#41, Awww. And let me add to a couple of your points: #39, There are 10 best film nominations. There are only 5 original screenplay nominations. Therefore, it would be impossible for every film to be nominated for best film to also be nominated for best screenplay. Therefore your argument is irrelevant at this stage. Also, I suggest you do a little research next time. Almost never does the Best Picture and Best Screenplay end up the same. While Best picture and Director tend to go hand in hand. The reasons are largely what S. John Ross suggests, as a… Read more »
The Chief Engineer
February 26, 2010 2:47 pm
#42, As well as Best Screenplay I think you’ll find that there is also a category called Best Adapted Screenplay and if you combine both the Best Adapted Screenplay and the Best Screenplay nominees you’ll seen that the movies I have mentioned (Hurt Locker, Inglorious Basterds, Up, Precious, Up In The Air, A Serious Man, District 9, An Education) are all included… minus, of course, Avatar. Perhaps you should research the category list next time. If you would like to research even further you’ll find that the Best Picture Winner for at least the last 20 years has been represented… Read more »
The Chief Engineer
February 26, 2010 2:57 pm

Infact as far back as I can see throughout the history of the Oscars (with the exception of Titanic 1997)… the Best Picture Winner has been represented in a Screenplay category . I think Screenplay is important to a film and any film nominated for Best Picture should have a good Screenplay. Except if you’re James Cameron…

February 26, 2010 3:43 pm
The reason that “Avatar” has dominated at the box office comes down to these reasons: 1) James Cameron. His track record is nearly impeccable, minus Piranahs 2. His films have made boatloads of cash at the box office. He knows how to write great characters, male and female. He has made sequels that were as good or even better than the original. He pushes the boundaries with visual effects. He is a great storyteller, though “Avatar” didn’t have the strongest plot in my opinion. 2) The awe and splendor of the world that James Cameron has created. The fact that… Read more »
P Technobabble
February 27, 2010 7:46 am
I would suggest that Star Trek has always been more of a cult classic, rather than a male-geeks-only-club. I certainly know plenty of women who have enjoyed Star Trek since TOS. But Star Trek is the desired entertainment of Trekkies and Trekkers. It is not everyone’s cup of tea. I suppose from a business standpoint, Star Trek is in competition with other movies, but as a single entity, Star Trek is not in competition with anything else. Star Trek is unique, in a sense. It appeals to a certain aspect of the public… it always has, and always will. It… Read more »
Red Skirt
February 27, 2010 1:36 pm
#43/44, The Chief Engineer, I stand corrected. Many Oscar winning Best Films have a winning screenplay as well. But many also have won without their screenplay (original or adapted) also winning. And thank you for doing the research, so I did not have to! Especially the nominations bit. ;-) But your argument is still basically specious. Your premise is basically that it is not good enough from which to extract a good film, and a film cannot be good without a good screenplay and you go out looking for data to support that presumption. S. John Ross’ point still stands… Read more »
The Chief Engineer
February 27, 2010 3:23 pm
#47: All speculation on your part… there’s alot of “what if’s” in your argument. I’m dealing in fact. The fact is that the Academy has not recognised Avatar as a Best Screenplay contender… it doesn’t matter a damn if it missed by one vote, it is not there! Fact. You’re right, I have no idea how many precise votes were cast by the Academy, but the facts are that is not nominated for Best Screenplay. There is no disguising it. “What if” scenarios will not change that. My observation simply concerns the Oscars. I’m not talking about any other Awards… Read more »
Red Skirt
February 27, 2010 5:18 pm
#48, “99% of all Oscar ceremonies that the Winner of Best Film has been acknowledged in a Screenplay category” 99% of all Oscar ceremonies in which_only 5 films_ were up for Best Film, has the winner also been acknowledged in a screenplay category. In fact it is almost guaranteed with that ratio of 10 screenplays to 5 films. I never suggested any of my earlier points were anything other than speculative. But then neither are yours. Your argument is just as speculative, based on judging the 2009 Oscars by same criteria for the last 64 years. There haven’t been 10… Read more »
February 27, 2010 5:56 pm
#46: “I certainly know plenty of women who have enjoyed Star Trek since TOS.” Indeed, once (years ago) Star Trek fandom was famous as being less male-dominated than other forms of SF fandom … I remember reading an article from the early 1980s that estimated that fully 70% of the attendees at a Star Trek convention they ran the numbers on, were women. The shift seemed to occur across the 80s and be cemented by The Next Generation, and then a further shift seemed to follow the other spinoff shows. “I think it is unfair, in many ways, to paint… Read more »
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