Atonement Takes Two Golden Globes

Keira Knightley Up for More Awards

ATONEMENT just can’t stop picking up awards.

Garlanded in sumptuous fashion at the Golden Globes and nominated for a million Baftas and Oscars, the film starring Kiera Knightley now looks on line to rack up another sackful of prizes at the Sony Ericsson Empire Film Awards after being nominated for six gongs.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, last year’s top box office performer, was also handed six nods for the ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel on 9 March, while two films – The Bourne Ultimatum and Hot Fuzz – are up for four awards.

Knightley has some stiff competition in what must one of the strongest fields for Best Actress of recent times, with Angelina Jolie (A Mighty Heart) and Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth) joined by Emma Watson (Order of the Phoenix) and Katharine Heigl (Knocked Up).

“That sophisticated films such as Atonement and Zodiac can rub up against blockbusters like 300 and Transformers proves that cinema audiences are a terrific judge of movies,” said Mark Dinning, editor of Empire.

Unlike other awards chosen by a panel of film experts, the Empire gongs are voted for by its readers.

Nomination highlights:

Best Comedy

Hot Fuzz
Knocked Up
Run Fat Boy Run

Best Sci-fi/Fantasy

Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix

Best Horror

30 Days Of Night
28 Weeks Later
Saw IV
Death Proof

Best Thriller

American Gangster
Eastern Promises
The Bourne Ultimatum

Best British Film

Hot Fuzz
This Is England

Best Actress

Keira Knightley (Atonement)
Emma Watson (Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix)
Katharine Heigl (Knocked Up)
Angelina Jolie (A Mighty Heart)
Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth)

Best Actor

Matt Damon (The Bourne Ultimatum)
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix)
James McAvoy (Atonement)
Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz)
Gerard Butler (300)

Best Director

Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum)
Joe Wright (Atonement)
David Yates (Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix)
Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz)
David Fincher (Zodiac)

Best Film

The Bourne Ultimatum
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford