The Lord of the Rings was also named best film and one of its stars, Christopher Lee, got the Empire lifetime achievement award. He played Saruman the White in the blockbusting movie.
Voted by the public
Musical epic Moulin Rouge also did well. Actor Ewan McGregor was named best British actor for his leading role, and Nicole Kidman won best actress.
Baz Luhrmann also won the best director prize for Moulin Rouge.
The Empire magazine awards are the only film awards in Britain which are voted for by the public.