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Bond director wins three awards

Published 24/03/2013 | 20:46

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Sam Mendes won three gongs at the Jameson Empire Awards 2013
Dame Helen Mirren joked about dying her hair green
Actor Mark Strong congratulates Danny Boyle on his film award

Skyfall director Sam Mendes finally had his moment of glory scooping three gongs at the Jameson Empire Awards 2013.

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The latest James Bond film, though a box office hit, was overlooked at the Oscars and the Baftas in the best film and best director categories.

But at the star-studded ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel, Mendes took home the best director and best film awards for his 007 effort Skyfall, along with the Empire Inspiration award.

Mendes said: "The whole inspiring thing I take very seriously. Me, if I feel like my films have inspired a couple of people, a couple of kids who are sitting in the back of a dark auditorium, then it's been worth it."

Mendes has already ruled himself out of directing the next Bond film, but admitted he had not chosen his next project. He said: "It probably won't be quite as big as Bond. But I want to do something ambitious in a different way."

Dame Helen Mirren was queen of the night, receiving the Empire Legend award. The 67-year-old actress was hailed for her screen career spanning five decades, including notable performances in The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, And Her Lover, Gosford Park, The Queen and this year's Hitchcock.

Dame Helen joked she had planned to dye her hair green to match the Jameson Empire logo. The Oscar-winning star of The Queen and Hitchcock dyed her hair pink for the Bafta ceremony last month, and laughed: "It's so easy. You just wash it in, wash it out. I was going to go green for tonight, but I didn't get round to it."

Danny Boyle - who along with Mendes has already ruled himself out of directing the next Bond film - was also celebrated for his film career, presented with the Empire Outstanding Contribution award.

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe was named this year's Empire Hero, while his film The Woman In Black won the award for Best Horror. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey notched up two wins - Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film and the Best Actor award for star Martin Freeman.

Jennifer Lawrence was named Best Actress for her performance in The Hunger Games.

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