Editor-In-Chief of Empire magazine, Mark Dinning, commented: “Appropriately, given that this year marks Empire’s 25th Anniversary, this year’s Jameson Empire Awards were the best ever, for a number of reasons. Not only were we able to give some of our all-time favourite movie heroes some very special awards, but we were also absolutely thrilled that the Empire readers voted in bigger numbers this year than ever before.”
While Hugh Jackman was announced the Empire Icon of the year, to celebrate 25 years of the magazine, Empire bestowed two special Lifetime awards on star guests Tom Cruise and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Hugh Jackman said in his acceptance speech: “Getting an award with the word icon in it in a room with Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emma Thompson and the rest in it is ridiculous. This is a huge surprise. I really thought this would happen a lot earlier.”