Empire Award for Best Newcomer

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The Empire Award for Best Newcomer (formerly known as Best Debut) was an Empire Award presented annually by the British film magazine Empire to honor a director with a breakthrough film or an actor who has delivered a breakthrough performance while working within the film industry. The Empire Award for Best Newcomer was first introduced at the 1st Empire Awards ceremony in 1996 with Bryan Singer receiving the award for his direction of The Usual Suspects and last presented at the 16th Empire Awards ceremony in 2011. Winners were voted by the readers of Empire magazine.

Since its inception, the award has been given to two male directors, eight actors, seven actresses and one film crew. Gemma Arterton was the only individual to be nominated two times, at the 13th and 14th Empire Awards ceremonies in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Twice two awards were handed out at the same year. The first time was at the 5th Empire Awards ceremony in 2000 where there was a tie between Carrie-Anne Moss and the crew of East Is East and the second time was at the 12th Empire Awards ceremony in 2007 where the award was split to Male and Female newcomers. Chloë Grace Moretz was the last winner in this category for her roles in Kick-Ass and Let Me In.

Award history[edit]

The award was named "Best Debut" between the 1st Empire Awards in 1996 and the 7th Empire Awards in 2002 and was changed to "Best Newcomer". In 2000, 2007 and 2012, the category was split to "Best Male Newcomer" and "Best Female Newcomer".

Winners and nominees[edit]

In the list below, winners are listed first in boldface, followed by the other nominees. The number of the ceremony (1st, 2nd, etc.) appears in parentheses after the awards year, linked to the article (if any) on that ceremony.

1990s[edit]

Year Actor Film Ref.
1996
(1st)
Bryan Singer The Usual Suspects [1]
1997
(2nd)
Ewen Bremner Trainspotting [2]
1998
(3rd)
Gary Oldman Nil by Mouth [3]
1999
(4th)
Vinnie Jones Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels [4]
Cate Blanchett Elizabeth
Charlize Theron The Devil's Advocate
Denise Richards Starship Troopers
Shane Meadows Twenty Four Seven

2000s[edit]

Year Actor Film Ref.
2000
(5th)
Carrie-Anne Moss The Matrix [5]
The crew of East Is East
Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick The Blair Witch Project
Haley Joel Osment The Sixth Sense
Jewel Ride with the Devil
Tim Roth The War Zone
2001
(6th)
Jamie Bell Billy Elliot [6]
Nick Park and Peter Lord Chicken Run
Sam Mendes American Beauty
Sofia Coppola The Virgin Suicides
Spike Jonze Being John Malkovich
2002
(7th)
Orlando Bloom The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring [7]
Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Keira Knightley The Hole
Sharon Maguire Bridget Jones's Diary
2003
(8th)
Rosamund Pike Die Another Day [8]
Cillian Murphy 28 Days Later
Neil Marshall Dog Soldiers
Martin Compston Sweet Sixteen
Parminder Nagra Bend It Like Beckham
2004
(9th)
Martine McCutcheon Love Actually [9]
Andrew Lincoln Love Actually
Eli Roth Cabin Fever
Fenella Woolgar Bright Young Things
Mackenzie Crook Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
2005
(10th)
Freddie Highmore Finding Neverland [10]
Bryce Dallas Howard The Village
Matthew Vaughn Layer Cake
Sienna Miller Alfie and Layer Cake
Zach Braff Garden State
2006
(11th)
Kelly Reilly Mrs Henderson Presents [11]
Georgie Henley The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
James McAvoy The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Leo Gregory Stoned
Nathan Fillion Serenity
2007
(12th)
Brandon Routh Superman Returns [12]
Alex Pettyfer Stormbreaker
Dominic Cooper Starter for 10 and The History Boys
Paul Dano Little Miss Sunshine
Rian Johnson Brick
2007
(12th)
Eva Green Casino Royale [13]
Abigail Breslin Little Miss Sunshine
Ellen Page Hard Candy
Rebecca Hall Starter for 10 and The Prestige
Vera Farmiga The Departed
2008
(13th)
Sam Riley Control [14]
Gemma Arterton St Trinian's
Saoirse Ronan Atonement
Shia LaBeouf Transformers
Thomas Turgoose This Is England
2009
(14th)
Gemma Arterton [15]
Hayley Atwell
Jim Sturgess
Robert Pattinson
Toby Kebbell

2010s[edit]

Year Actor Film Ref.
2010
(15th)
Aaron Taylor-Johnson Nowhere Boy [16][17]
Anna Kendrick The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Up in the Air
Carey Mulligan An Education
Katie Jarvis Fish Tank
Sharlto Copley District 9
2011
(16th)
Chloë Grace Moretz Kick-Ass and Let Me In [18]
Gareth Edwards Monsters
Jaden Smith The Karate Kid
Jennifer Lawrence Winter's Bone
Mia Wasikowska Alice in Wonderland

Gender and role superlatives[edit]

Role Wins Nominations
Male Directors 2 14 (+2)[A]
Female Directors 0 2
Actors 8 26
Actresses 7 29
Groups 1 3[B]

Notes

A : Twice a team of two directors have been nominated for the award.
B : The nominations for the cast of East Is East, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone are counted as group nominations.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Past Winners - 1996". Empireonline.com publisher=Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Past Winners - 1997". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Past Winners - 1998". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Past Winners - 1999". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Past Winners - 2000". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Empire Awards 2001". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Empire Awards 2002: Best Debut". Empire (Bauer Consumer Media) (#154): 56. April 2002. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Best Newcomer". Empireonline.com publisher=Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Best Newcomer". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2004. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Best Newcomer". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2005. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Best Newcomer". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2006. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Best Male Newcomer". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2007. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Best Female Newcomer". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2007. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Best Newcomer". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2008. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Best Newcomer". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2009. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Best Newcomer". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2010. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  17. ^ Reynolds, Simon (February 25, 2010). "In Full: Empire Awards 2010 nominees". digitalspy.co.uk. Digital Spy. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Best Newcomer". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 

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