Gary Oldman hailed 'a film icon'
Gary Oldman has been declared a film icon at this year's Jameson Empire Awards and said it proved he was "still in the game".
The south London-born star of Dracula, JFK and the Harry Potter films picked up his award from Colin Firth.
Speaking backstage, he said: "I'm not getting any younger but I'm still in the game.
"Jonathan Ross told me this was the 'You're still alive award' but I'm not quite there yet."
Oldman said he did not know what the future held for the kind of British film industry he grew up in, saying: "The days of independent films with budgets of four or five millions pounds, I think those days are over."
Earlier in the night Firth was named Best Actor for his Oscar winning role in The King's Speech.
The Empire Hero award was presented to Keira Knightley by her Atonement co-star James McAvoy at the ceremony in the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London which was hosted by comic Dara O Briain.
Teenage star Chloe Moretz was the first big winner on the night.
The actress, who appeared in Kick-Ass and Let Me In, won the Best Newcomer award.
Among the stars on the red carpet before the ceremony were Sarah Harding, Jonathan Ross and model and actress Lily Cole.