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King Kong conquers Empire Awards
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King Kong won three Oscars in technical categories
King Kong has been voted the best movie of 2005 by film fans, earning it the top prize at the Empire Awards.

The gorilla remake won best movie, beating Oscar winner Crash as well as fellow nominees Sin City, Star Wars Episode III and War of the Worlds.

Crash star Thandie Newton was voted best actress, while fans named Johnny Depp best actor for his role in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The award for best British film went to Pride and Prejudice.

The final Star Wars movie was voted best science-fiction/fantasy and the birth of Vader was named scene of the year.

EMPIRE AWARDS WINNERS
Best movie - King Kong
Best British movie - Pride and Prejudice
Best actor - Johnny Depp, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Best actress - Thandie Newton, Crash
Best director - Steve Box and Nick Park, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit
The best comedy prize went to Team America: World Police, the best thriller winner was Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, while The Descent was named best horror.

Fresh from their Oscars success, Steve Box and Nick Park jointly won best director for Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

Director Stephen Frears, British acting stalwart Brian Cox and Hollywood Legend Tony Curtis all received special career awards.

And actress Kelly Reilly, who made her breakthrough in Mrs Henderson Presents and Pride and Prejudice, picked up the prize for best newcomer.

Empire magazine editor-in-chief Colin Kennedy said many of the night's winning films would rarely get a glimpse of the Oscars limelight.

But they were a better representation of what "real movie fans" liked, he said.

King Kong, made by The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson and starring Naomi Watts and Jack Black, won three Oscars in technical categories.

But it was not in the running for any of the main Academy Awards, such as best picture.


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