1. 'Quantum of Solace' Bags Two Wins At The Empire Awards

    By Matt Weston on 2009-03-30

    James Bond has once again triumphed at the Empire Awards, scoring two wins out of its five nominations.

    'Quantum of Solace'

    Quantum of Solace

    Quantum of Solace fought off stiff competition (including Best Picture winner No Country For Old Men) to take home Best Thriller at last night’s ceremony.

    “It’s such a pleasure being here tonight and I’m very happy to receive this award,” said Olga Kurylenko, who accepted the trophy. “First of all I’d like to thank all the readers of Empire for supporting our film, and I accept this award on behalf of everyone who worked on Quantum of Solace. It was wonderful to work with people from the UK – by now it feels like home to me because I’ve spent so much time here. I especially want to thank Barbara Broccoli, Michael Wilson, Marc Forster and of course Daniel Craig.”

    Meanwhile, Gemma Arterton scored a win for Best Newcomer. Last year, Arterton appeared in Quantum of Solace and RocknRolla. She has been previously nominated for her role in St Trinian’s.

    “I’m completely winging this,” Arterton said during her acceptance speech. “I never prepare for anything. Watching that I realise how wonderful all the nominees are, really and truly, especially Toby [Kebbell] who’s a good friend of mine. But thank you all very much, it does mean a lot. Have a great night everyone!”

    A full list of winners for the categories in which Quantum of Solace was nominated is below.

    Best Thriller

    • Quantum of Solace (winner)
    • No Country For Old Men
    • Changeling
    • Gone Baby Gone
    • Eagle Eye

    Best Actor

    • Daniel Craig – Quantum of Solace
    • Daniel Day Lewis – There Will Be Blood
    • Christian Bale – The Dark Knight (winner)
    • Robert Downey Jr – Iron Man
    • Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd

    Best Actress

    • Olga Kurylenko – Quantum of Solace
    • Angelina Jolie – Changeling
    • Ellen Page – Juno
    • Sally Hawkins – Happy Go Lucky
    • Helena Bonham Carter – Sweeney Todd) (winner)

    Best Newcomer

    • Gemma Arterton (winner)
    • Robert Pattinson
    • Jim Sturgess
    • Toby Kebell
    • Hayley Atwell

    Best Soundtrack

    • Quantum of Solace
    • Mamma Mia! (winner)
    • Sweeney Todd
    • RocknRolla
    • There Will Be Blood

    In 2007, Casino Royale conquered at the awards, landing Best Film, Best Actor (Daniel Craig) and Best Newcomer (Eva Green).

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