You can always be sure that the Empire Awards will always go off in a direction that none of the other awards shows do and that's because the awards are voted for by the readers of the magazine ie the general public. None of you la-di-dah industry insiders here (unless they're readers of course).
This year there were two genre winners and it's no surprise that the Potter Generation came out in force to award HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 the Best Film award, but also Best Director for David Yates.
The second film to snaffle a couple of perspex prizes was THOR with Tom Hiddleston getting a best newcomer (male) award for his performance as Loki and the film taking the best Sci Fi/Fantasy category.
We'll just ignore the whole Art of 3D award altogether.
The night was then capped off with an Legend award (ie life acheivement award) for Tim Burton, whose fantasy movies has lightened out hearts (or darkened in many cases) since BEETLEJUICE.
God bless the British moviegoing (or magazine reading at least) public for giving us one awards ceremony that wasn't dominated by silent movie dogs.