Empire Award for Best British Director

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Empire Award for British Best Director
Awarded forBest film direction by a British director
CountryUnited Kingdom
Presented byEmpire magazine
First awarded1996
Last awarded2005
Currently held byMatthew Vaughn - Layer Cake (2005)

The Empire Award for Best British Director was an Empire Award presented annually by the British film magazine Empire to honor a British director working within the film industry. The Empire Award for Best British Director was first introduced at the 2nd Empire Awards ceremony in 1997 with Danny Boyle receiving the award for his direction of Trainspotting and last presented as an annual award at the 6th Empire Awards ceremony in 2001 with it returning for a final time at the 10th Empire Awards ceremony in 2005. It was one of three Best British awards retired that year (the others being Best British Actor and Best British Actress). Winners were voted by the readers of Empire magazine.

Since its inception, the award has been given to six directors. Guy Ritchie, Roger Michell and Shane Meadows were nominated on two occasions each, more than any other director. Matthew Vaughn was the last winner in this category for his role in Layer Cake.

Winners and nominees[edit]

In the list below, winners are listed first in bold, 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 Director Film Ref.
1997
(2nd)
Danny Boyle Trainspotting [1]
1998
(3rd)
Anthony Minghella The English Patient [2]
1999
(4th)
Peter Howitt Sliding Doors [3]
Guy Ritchie Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Ken Loach My Name Is Joe
Nick Hamm Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence
Shane Meadows Twenty Four Seven

2000s[edit]

Year Director Film Ref.
2000
(5th)
Roger Michell Notting Hill [4]
Damien O'Donnell East Is East
John Madden Shakespeare in Love
Justin Kerrigan Human Traffic
Mark Herman Little Voice
2001
(6th)
Guy Ritchie Snatch [5]
Nick Park and Peter Lord Chicken Run
Ridley Scott Gladiator
Sam Mendes American Beauty
Stephen Daldry Billy Elliot
2005
(10th)
Matthew Vaughn Layer Cake [6]
Edgar Wright Shaun of the Dead
Paul Greengrass The Bourne Supremacy
Roger Michell Enduring Love
Shane Meadows Dead Man's Shoes

Multiple awards and nominations[edit]

No individual received more than one Best British Director award.

Multiple nominations[edit]

The following individuals received two or more Best British Director nominations:

Nominations Film
2 Guy Ritchie
Roger Michell
Shane Meadows

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Past Winners - 1997". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  2. ^ "Past Winners - 1998". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  3. ^ "Past Winners - 1999". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  4. ^ "Past Winners - 2000". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  5. ^ "Empire Awards 2001". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  6. ^ "Best British Director". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2005. Retrieved October 11, 2011.

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