Annie PalmerAnnie PalmerApril 5, 2016


Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, Taron Egerton, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Boyega,top the list of winners at the prestigious 2nd annual National Film Awards UK 2016

Last week (31.03.15), the National Film Academy announced the winners of the 2nd annual National Film Awards UK at the prestigious awards ceremony which took place at the Porchester Hall in London.

British film, stage and television actress, Dame Helen Mirren was first to be announced as the winner for the Lifetime Achievement Award and accepted her award from New York. Mirren commented “I feel truly honoured to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Film Academy. I am proud to be a member of the National Film Awards winners list and thank you to all the movie fans for voting for me”.

Rise of the Footsoldier II, Kingsman (The Secret Service), London Road, Chasing Robert Barker, Reason to Leave, and Man UP which featured Actor Simon Pegg all received a gong at the prestigious event. Man UP won Best Comedy beating tough competition from The Lobster and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel . Best Director award was won by Stephen Fingleton for his movie ‘The Survivalist’

The nominees for Global Contribution to Motion Picture included a stellar list of stars who have excelled in their craft. Nominees included; Hugh Grant, Denzel Washington , Ben Kingsley , Meryl Streep, Harrison Ford, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kevin Spacey . Samuel L Jackson was voted winner and added “This is just perfect. I am incredibly honoured and thankful for this award from the National Film Academy and all the movie fans who voted for me.

A list of new breakthrough talent also made the National Film Awards 2016 shortlist; Battling it out on the Best Newcomer category are ; Taron Egerton (Kingsman- The Secret Service) , Agyness Deyn (Sunset Song), Bel Powley (A Royal Night Out), Milo Parker (Mr. Holmes), John Boyega (Star Wars- The Force Awakens), Abigail Hardingham (Nina Forever), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Slow West), Sonoya Mizuno (Ex-Machina), Karidja Touré (Girlhood) and Hermione Corfield (Mission Impossible- Rogue Nation)

Taron Egerton saw of the competition by winning the Best Newcomer category for his role in Kingsman, The Secret Service whilst John Boyega was voted winner of the Best Breakthrough Performance in a Film for his role in Star Wars the Force Awakens

Over 2.9 million movie fans nationwide voted for this year’s 2nd annual National Film Awards and the night was hosted by TV presenter Louise Gookey and featured a stellar list of celebrity guest presenters. The night ended with an incredibly heartfelt video tribute to the late, great Alan Rickman who was honoured with a National Film Academy fellowship award.

The 3rd annual National Film Awards are scheduled to be held on the 31st of March 2017 and public nominations will begin in October.

Below is a full list of winners for the 2nd annual National Film Awards UK:

Best International Film
Kingsman- The Secret Service

Best Comedy
Man up

Best Action
Chasing Robert Barker

Best Drama sponsored by Gold Collagen
A Reason to Leave

Best Independent Feature

Never Let Go

Best Documentary

The Hardstop

Best Thriller
Dartmoor Killing

Best British Film sponsored by Metcalfe’s Skinny
Rise of the Footsoldier II

Best Actor sponsored by Angel Tears Vodka
Tom Hiddleston (High-Rise)

Best Actress sponsored by Gold Collagen
Natalie Emmanuel (Fast and Furious 7)

Best Director

Stephen Fingleton (The Survivalist)

Best Screenplay
London Road

Best Breakthrough Performance in a Film

John Boyega (Star Wars – The Force Awakens)

Best Newcomer sponsored by Mokingo
Taron Egerton (Kingsman- The Secret Service)

Best Foreign Language Film
sponsored by InvestNation
Son of Saul (Hungary)

Best Supporting actress sponsored by IUTTA
Alexandra Evans (Redistributors)

Best Supporting actor

Samuel L Jackson (Kingsman- The Secret Service)

Best Short Film

Global Contribution to Motion Picture
Samuel L Jackson

ShairahshairahOctober 13, 2011


Influenced by the protests in Cairo that led to the Egyptian revolution earlier this year, protests have spread from state to state in the USA in demonstration against social and economic inequality.

The movement which President Barack Obama describes as “giving frustration a voice” started in Zuccotti Park NY over a month ago and has now spread to over 70 cities. Taking all social networking sites by storm the occupation has been embraced by many impressionable social bodies such as Russell Simmons, Susan Sarandon, Kanye West and even ice cream moguls Ben and Jerry are scooping in support.

However, not all New Yorkers agree that capitalism is responsible for the economic crisis and believe that the blame lies within a weak political regime. Senior economic writer Steve Moore of the Wall Street journal told Fox news, “There’s frustration of the fact that Obama’s policies have not worked. Salt against capitalism is frightening, if we see a double dip recession then it will just get into a situation where people will turn violent and we’ve seen that happen in places like London and Greece. Capitalism is going to save America, capitalism is the way out of this.”

Freedom of speech is the right to express beliefs and ideas without unwarranted government restriction guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, so when we saw videos on of peaceful protestors being attacked it raised question to how true civil rights really are. Chelsea Monthly exclusively spoke to Stuart Gold from Brooklyn about the atmosphere he told us, “Yes there have been instances but there’s not an intense battle between the local authorities and members of the public. When you’re out here you feel like you’re a part of something important, it’s like a political festival.” His feeling about the movement stands as follows, “As long as we have capitalism there will always be inequalities. At a time where all the American people are pulling together to better our economy then shouldn’t those who are more able to do so (financially) help as much as they can? No one ever got rich by themselves and the response you’re seeing is a response to frustration.” When I reiterated Steve Moore’s belief that Obama’s political regime is to blame he responded by saying, “That’s nonsense. Blaming Obama is like blaming the doctor for the diagnosis.”

The feeling of aggravation of an unjust economic situation is clouding the West and we risk falling victim to this too. It was recently reported by Aidan Radnedge of the London Metro that Britain looses £18billion a year due to its richest companies hiding financial assets overseas. Whichever way you may be persuaded it’s evident that the financial crisis is reaching the point of needing a solution rather than remaining a situation of tolerance.

Words by Shairah Habib & Pics. by Stuart Gold

GraziellaGraziellaAugust 5, 2011


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