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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 February, 2004, 21:33 GMT
Empire awards honour Rings finale
Liv Tyler
The Return of the King is this year's Oscar frontrunner
The final part of The Lord of the Rings trilogy has picked up the best film award at this year's Empire magazine film awards.

Quentin Tarantino won best director for the action film Kill Bill Volume 1, while star Uma Thurman was named best actress as the vengeful Bride.

Pirates of the Caribbean star and Oscar nominee Johnny Depp won best actor.

The awards, voted for by readers of Empire film magazine, were handed out at London's Dorchester hotel.

It is the third year in a row that one of Peter Jacksons' Rings films has won the best movie prize.

Best of British

The Return of the King also won awards for Andy Serkis who was named best British actor for his role as Gollum.

Meanwhile the film's pivotal Ride of the Rohirrim sequence was named the scene of the year.

Richard Curtis' romantic comedy Love Actually won three awards: best British film, best newcomer for Martine McCutcheon and best British actress for Emma Thompson.

The award is the second for Thompson in a week, following her success at the Evening Standard Awards on Sunday.

Career best

Neither Johnny Depp or Uma Thurman were able to attend the awards on Wednesday night.

Depp's best actor award was received by his British Pirates co-stars, Kevin McNally, Jack Davenport and The Office star Mackenzie Crook.

Thurman's award was received by comic Johnny Vegas, dressed fetchingly in The Bride's yellow jumpsuit.

However, Sigourney Weaver was on hand to receive the Empire Career Achievement Award from her Alien co-star John Hurt.

The evening was hosted by Black Books actor Bill Bailey.

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