March 13, 2005 - From Kevin Smith’s Facebook Page on February 11, 2016:
“I was in the UK receiving the Empire Magazine Independent Spirit Award alongside fellow award recipients Matt Damon and Quentin Tarantino. To present me with my trophy, I chose my Dogma partner-in-crime - England’s own Alan Rickman!
The Rick'er graciously agreed and at the ceremony, an actor I’d fallen
in love with long before we’d ever met said some beautiful stuff about my fat ass before inviting me on stage for my acceptance speech. Afterwards, I was congratulated by Dame Helen Mirren and almost passed out when Jane Tennison herself said “You’re very funny.” But the true highlight of the evening
was this photo. We were crammed into one van heading back to the hotel
when we all begged the driver to stop on a London bridge so we could memorialize the evening. It was a bit of an ordeal
to accomplish but now I’m so glad we took the time. Nearly 11 years ago,
four folks who did Dogma duty together back in the day and their loved
ones celebrated simply knowing one another and being alive in one of the
greatest cities in the world. Pictured are me, Jen Schwalbach, Jayme Wes, Matt and his wife Luciana, future Argo producer Chay Carter, and Alan and his longtime love (and future bride) Rima Horton.
Always take the time to capture the moment, Kids. Before you know it,
the moments pass… And sometimes, so do the people you love.”
Empire Awards 2017: Fantastic Beasts and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story win big
The winners of the Three Empire Awards 2017 were announced on Sunday 19 March, as films and creatives in the industry were awarded. Across categories voted on by the public, it was Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them that won big, with the movies bagging three and four gongs respectively.
But Empire magazine dished out some awards of their own, and French filmmaker Luc Besson stepped up to receive an Empire Inspiration trophy while Tom Hiddleston, who can currently be seen in Kong: Skull Island, picked up the accolade for Empire Hero. After accepting the award from his The Night Manager co-star Hugh Laurie, Hiddleston said: “They say never meet your heroes. I’m lucky enough that I wouldn’t be standing here if I hadn’t met mine.
"I’ve been lucky enough to work with them. And if I haven’t worked with them, I’ve attempted an impersonation of them on the Graham Norton show.”
During the event, Logan star Sir Patrick Stewart received what was arguably the most prestigious prize of the night, the Empire Legend award. Stewart’s long-time co-star and off-screen pal Sir Ian McKellen presented him with the award, and took to the stage to joke: “At last! The evening is beginning to make some sense! Why would you call Patrick a legend? Bless him, he was born in Yorkshire!”
However, The Lord of the Rings star couldn’t help but gush a little about Stewart, saying: “The range of his work is so gratifying and enviable. I’m trying to be serious here… He’s one of my heroes for the way he stands up for his causes. He’s the actor that people of my generation would like to be… But don’t you love my hair?”