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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Twilight big winner at National Movie Awards

Tom Cruise arriving for the 2010 National Movie Awards at the Royal Festival Hall, London

Vampire saga Twilight was the big winner at the National Movie Awards, taking home three trophies.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the second in the series, was named best fantasy film and its British star Robert Pattinson took the award for best performance.

Its third instalment, Eclipse, which is due out next month, was chosen as the most anticipated summer movie at Wednesday night's ITV1 awards.

Pattinson, whose performances as vampire Edward Cullen have made him a huge star, was not able to attend the ceremony at London's Royal Festival Hall due to filming commitments but said in a video clip: "It means a lot to me because you the fans decided the winner."

Peter Facinelli, who plays Dr Carlisle Cullen, collected the saga's other awards.

It was also a good night for the Harry Potter series which collected the family film trophy for Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince as well as a special recognition award.

Daniel Radcliffe, who plays the young wizard, said: "It's fantastic for us, six films in with two more to go, to still be getting this kind of recognition."

Sherlock Holmes was chosen as film fans' favourite action/thriller and The Time Traveler's Wife was named as breakthrough movie.

Tom Cruise received a screen icon award which was presented to him by Gwyneth Paltrow.

Cruise, who attended the awards with his wife Katie Holmes, said: "It's a real honour for me to be here. This great city of London. This great country England. I've made several films here. I have been fortunate."

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