Love Actually ties with Rings
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won three awards, including best film, Love Actually picked up best British film, best British actress, and best newcomer.
This was the third year in a row that Empire readers voted Lord of the Rings best film. Additional honours went to Andy Serkis - as the pixilated Gollum - who won the best British actor award, and beat heart-throbs Jude Law and Ewan McGregor.
While Peter Jackson's fantasy epic picked up 11 Oscar nominations, he lost out to Quentin Tarantino for best director at the Empire Awards - which are voted for by readers of the film magazine.
Tarantino's revenge flick was also shunned by the Academy in this year's Oscar nominations.
Uma Thurman won best actress for her role as 'the bride' in the film, however her award was collected by Johny Vegas - wearing the yellow jumpsuit she wears in the film. Jonathan Ross also owns this item of clothing, and wore it to the film' s premiere.
Johnny Depp won best actor for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, and Sigourney Weaver picked up the career achievement award.
Winners in full:
Best Newcomer: Martine McCutcheon/Love Actually
Sony Ericsson Scene of the Year: Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King for "Ride of the Rohirrim"
British Actress: Emma Thompson/Love Actually
British Actor: Andy Serkis/Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Best British Film: Love Actually
Independent Spirit: Roger Corman
Best Actress: Uma Thurman/Kill Bill Vol. 1
Best Actor: Johnny Depp/Pirates of the Caribbean
Inspiration Award: Ray Harryhausen
Best Director: Quentin Tarantino/Kill Bill Vol. 1
Best Film: Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Career Achievement: Sigourney Weaver