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'I'm well up for a birthday snog'

If it feels like film award season has been dragging on for months, well, that's because it has. And they ended with a, well, if not quite bang, then a minor spark, with Keira Knightley and Colin Firth injecting a little Hollywood razzle dazzle into proceedings.

Keira, who won the Empire 'Hero' award, told the gathered nominees, 'Thank you so much, I'm very embarrassed, that was such a lovely speech. It was my birthday yesterday, so I want to thank Empire for such a brilliant birthday present; to be made a hero on your 26th birthday is fantastic. I want to thank my agent, who's here tonight. Also, I'm well up for a birthday snog, so please come and find me on table 14! Thank you!'

The full list of winners

  • Best Thriller - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
  • Best Horror - The Last Exorcism
  • Best Comedy - Four Lions
  • Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1
  • Best Newcomer - Chloe Mortez (Kick-Ass/Let Me In)
  • Best Actor - Colin Firth (The King's Speech)
  • Best Actress - Noomi Rapace (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)
  • Best Director - Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World)
  • Best British Film - Kick-Ass
  • Best Film - Inception
  • Empire Icon - Gary Oldman
  • Empire Hero Award - Keira Knightley
  • Empire Inspiration Award - Edgar Wright

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