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Friday 25 July 2014

Helen Mirren disappointed by Mendes

Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren won her Empire Award "for the girls" last night.

The British actress picked up the Legend Award at last night's Empire Awards, while Sam went home with prizes for best film and director and the Inspiration Award.

The latter honour caused the Skyfall director to reflect on his own influences, listing Paul Thomas Anderson, François Truffaut, Martin Scorsese and Ingmar Bergman among others.

Helen was less than impressed with his choice.

“I don’t want to unduly pick on Sam Mendes, but when he spoke about his inspirations earlier this evening, I’m afraid not a single one of the people he mentioned was a woman,” she said at the ceremony.

The star's list of successful films, such as The Queen and The Debt prove women play a big part in Hollywood.

Her speech, along with the prestigious accolade she was awarded, is a reminder of everything Helen has achieved and she hopes things will only improve for female stars.

“Hopefully in five or ten years, when Sam’s successor is collecting their Inspiration Award, the list will be slightly more balanced in terms of its sexual make-up,” she continued.

“In the meantime, this one is for the girls.”

Helen left the stage to a huge amount of cheering and clapping.

Despite her criticism, Sam triumphed with the latest James Bond instalment Skyfall last night.

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey also did well, scooping best science-fiction film.

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