Tonight the Jameson Empire Film Awards were held in London. Star Trek went in to the event nominated for three awards and walked away the winner of Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film. Simon Pegg, Star Trek’s new Scotty, was on hand to accept the award. Zoe Saldana also won Best Actress for Avatar and TNG’s Patrick Stewart was on hand to present an award. Details and photos below. [UPDATE: Video of Simon Pegg and Patrick Stewart added]
Star Trek Wins At Empire
Star Trek went into the Empire Awards with nominations for Best Picture, Best Director (JJ Abrams), and Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film. James Cameron’s Avatar took away Best Picture and Cameron also won for Best Director, but Trek beat out Avatar for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy. The other films nominated for Best-Sci Fi/Fantasy were Moon, District 9 and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
Star Trek’s Simon Pegg was on hand to pick up Star Trek’s award, saying:
Thank god the best looking member of the crew is here to pick this up. This is lovely and I’m hugely part of this story, but on behalf of JJ and the rest of the crew, thank you. I said I wasn’t going to cry but (Scottish accent) you cannae defy the laws of physics.
Simon Pegg back stage with Star Trek’s Empire Award
James Cameron’s Avatar went into the awards with five nominations and was the big winner for the night with three wins. In addition to being nominated for Best Picture, Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and Best Director, both stars Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington were nominated for acting awards. In the end Zoe won and Sam lost (to Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds). Saldana was not in attendance, so comedian Johnny Vegas accepted on her behalf (it is a running gag for Vegas to accept Empire actress awards for those not in attendance).
Sir Patrick Stewart, Star Trek The Next Generation’s Captain Picard, was at the Empire Awards to present the Icon Award to his friend (and X-Men adversary) Sir Ian McKellen. In describing McKellen Stewart revealed that Ian once gave him some bad advice about Star Trek, saying:
This man has been a source of inestimable advice. When I had only five days to decide whether to play Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, EVERYBODY told me I should do it. Only one man told me I shouldn’t – but he can afford to be wrong once.
Patrick Stewart at the Empire Awards
A complete list of winners and live blog for the 2010 Empire Awards available at empireonline.com/awards2010.
UPDATE: Scotty & Picard
Simon Pegg sent out the following tweet on Sunday night:
Ducked outta Nick’s party to pick up best sci-fi fantasy for ST at the Empire Awards. Met Patrick Stewart & had a Scotty/Picard moment. Yay!
Simon arrives at the Empire Awards
Pegg at the Empire Awards Drinks Reception
Patrick Stewart at the Empire Awards Drinks Reception
Simon Pegg accepted Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film for Star Trek
Sir Patrick Stewart presenting the Icon Award to Sir Ian McKellen
More videos at empireonline.com
Photos: Wire Image