Welcome to 'Londonwood': Capital prepares to host film awards

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EDITORIAL USE ONLYAn 10ft sign spelling Londonwood appears at Alexandra Palace to welcome the biggest names in film to the capital this weekend ahead of the Three Empire Awards at the Camden Roundhouse, which takes place on Sunday March 19th. Issue date: Wednesday March 14, 2017. Photo credit should read: David Parry/PA Wire

North Londoners were surprised this week to find a giant 'Londonwood' sign appear outside Alexandra Palace.

The 10ft tall sign, in the same familiar font as the iconic 'Hollywood' sign in Los Angeles, was erected overlooking the capital ahead of this weekend's Empire Awards.

A host of homegrown and Hollywood stars will descend on Camden's Roundhouse on Sunday to celebrate the best of the past year's film-making.

The past 12 months has seen huge success for the British film industry, with estimates £1.6 billion was spent in the UK on feature films - a 13% increase from the previous year.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: "The Three Empire Awards celebrate the best in cinematic achievement. From Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – London's film-making expertise is the envy of the world. The film industry contributes a great deal – both economically and culturally - to the life and soul of our capital.

"I'm committed to building on our success as a world-renowned powerhouse of film-making, ensuring the capital continues to flourish and making London the best, and most inviting place for film production on the planet."

Full list of 2017 Nominations

Best Male Newcomer
· Julian Dennison (Hunt For The Wilderpeople) – Vertigo
· Lewis MacDougall (A Monster Calls) - eOne
· Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) - Disney
· Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake) - eOne
· Tom Holland (Captain America: Civil War) - Disney

Best Female Newcomer
· Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) - Universal
· Sennia Nanua (The Girl With All The Gifts) – Warner Bros.
· Sasha Lane (American Honey) - Universal
· Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake) - eOne
· Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys) - Icon

Best Sci-fi/Fantasy
· Arrival – eOne
· A Monster Calls – eOne
· Doctor Strange – Disney
· Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Disney
· 10 Cloverfield Lane - Paramount

Best Comedy
· Hunt For The Wilderpeople - Vertigo
· Deadpool – Twentieth Century Fox
· The Nice Guys - Icon
· The Greasy Strangler - Picturehouse
· Ghostbusters - Sony

Best Horror
· Under The Shadow - Vertigo
· The Witch - Universal
· Green Room - Altitude
· The Conjuring 2 – Warner Bros.
· Don't Breathe- Sony

Best Thriller
· Victoria - Curzon
· Jason Bourne - Universal
· Nocturnal Animals – Universal
· Hell Or High Water – Studiocanal
· Captain America: Civil War – Disney

Best British Film
· High Rise – Studiocanal
· I, Daniel Blake - eOne
· The Girl With All The Gifts – Warner Bros.
· Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them – Warner Bros.
· Eddie The Eagle – Twentieth Century Fox

Best Actor
· Ryan Gosling (La La Land) - Lionsgate
· Casey Affleck (Manchester By The Sea) - Studiocanal
· Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) - Fox
· Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) - Disney
· Eddie Redmayne (Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them) – Warner Bros.

Best Actress
· Natalie Portman (Jackie) - eOne
· Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) – Disney
· Amy Adams (Arrival) - eOne
· Ruth Negga (Loving) - Universal
· Emma Stone (La La Land) – Lionsgate

Best Director
· Taika Waititi (Hunt For The Wilderpeople) - Vertigo
· Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) - eOne
· Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake) - eOne
· Andrea Arnold (American Honey) - Universal
· Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) – Disney