Kong Dominates Empire Awards
PETER JACKSON's Academy Award-shunned remake of KING KONG is leading the nominations for Empire Magazine's 2006 film awards. The New Zealand-shot epic has been named in five categories including Best Film. PRIDE + PREJUDICE, CRASH, and WALLACE + GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT, follow closely behind with four nominations each. The awards are the only film accolades to be voted for solely by the British public. Jackson, who is nominated for Best Director, will go head-to-head with Hollywood heavyweights STEVEN SPIELBERG (WAR OF THE WORLDS), JOE WRIGHT (Pride + Prejudice), RON HOWARD (CINDERELLA MAN), CHRISTOPHER NOLAN (BATMAN BEGINS) and NICK PARK and STEVE BOX (Wallace + Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit). Stars MATT DILLON, JOHNNY DEPP, CHRISTIAN BALE, ANDY SERKIS and VIGGO MORTENSON are all vying for Best Actor, while NAOMI WATTS, KEIRA KNIGHTLEY, THANDIE NEWTON, RENEE ZELLWEGER and HILARY SWANK have all been nominated as Best Actress. The ceremony will be held in the Hilton London Metropole on 13 March (06), with British comedian BILL BAILEY hosting.