McKellen's movie icon accolade joy
Published 28/03/2010 | 20:16
Sir Ian McKellen has been crowned the Empire Icon for his long and varied film career at the Jameson Empire Awards 2010.
The 70-year-old, who won an Oscar for his role as real-life filmmaker James Whale in Gods And Monsters and is loved by many for starring in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy and the X-Men films, was honoured at the ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel.
He said: "It means people have enjoyed the films I've made, or some of them - I suspect particularly Lord Of The Rings and the X-Men movies, in which I play iconic characters."
Ray Winstone received the Outstanding Contribution To British Film award. His wife and actress daughters, Jaime and Lois Winstone, were at the ceremony to support him.
Aaron Johnson, 19 - whose fiancee Sam Taylor Wood, 43, is expecting his first child - was named Best Newcomer presented by Kiss 100.
The actor - who won praise for his portrayal of a young John Lennon in Nowhere Boy and more recently in action comedy Kick Ass - said: "The biggest award for me is this lovely baby, but it means a lot if people appreciate your work. This is my first award. But I'm going to take a bit of time off to be a dad."
Andy Serkis was surprised with the My Inspiration Award presented by HMV.
He said: "I had no idea. I was prepared to just sit and have a few beers and enjoy the show tonight, so it took me completely by surprise. I was so shocked."
Avatar won Best Film presented by Sony Make Believe, Best Director, and leading lady Zoe Saldana was named Best Actress presented by Magic FM.
The Jameson Empire Awards are the only film awards voted for entirely by British film fans.