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Gary Oldman wins 'Smiley' award

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy star Gary Oldman has confessed some of the awards he has won are so "ugly" they never see the light of day.

The British actor collected the Best Actor award at the Jameson's Empire Film Awards 2012 at London's Grosvenor Hotel, for playing George Smiley in the big screen adaptation of John Le Carre's novel.

Gary said of the award: "It's one of the few that we can actually put up. Some of them, as much as I appreciate the honour, some of them are so ugly that they have to remain in the cupboard. But this one, my wife can put it on her desk I think."

The 54-year-old actor also revealed he is looking forward to adopting George Smiley's diet again to reprise his role in the sequel to the award-winning film.

He said: "They're talking of maybe making, I suppose a sequel, but it's the third book in the trilogy, Smiley's People, and I'd be happy to come back and do it."

He added: "I get to just eat what I want and put on another tummy. It's not bad. My wife won't be happy, but I will."

Director Tim Burton was awarded the Empire Legend award, presented to him by Batman Returns star Danny DeVito.

Twenty Twelve star Olivia Colman won Best Actress for her portrayal of an abused wife in Tyrannosaur, The Inbetweeners Movie was named Best Comedy and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part II won Best Film.

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