Oscar-winning The Theory Of Everything star Eddie Redmayne found himself in the unusual position of being pipped to an award tonight.
Redmayne, who took the best actor Oscar and Bafta award for playing science genius Stephen Hawking, saw his clean sweep of award wins ended by Lord Of The Rings star Andy Serkis at the 2015 Jameson Empire Awards.
Serkis was named best actor for his motion-capture performance in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, the style of acting that brought him to popular attention when he played the creature Gollum in Peter Jackson's trilogy and more recently in the first Hobbit film.
The British star, who also played King Kong in Jackson's 2005 remake of the Hollywood classic, also beat stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Armitage and Bradley Cooper to be named best actor at the award ceremony at the Grosvenor Park hotel in London.
Serkis said: "I'm really thrilled and excited because finally, performance capture is respected across the board and considered on par as any other actor.
"You can't compare performances. They're all good and different but I'm glad I have touched audiences as much as a live actor can and been recognised for it."
Christopher Nolan's outer space adventure Interstellar was the big winner of the night, as it picked up three prizes including best film.
The British film-maker was also named best director, and took home the Inspiration award.
Ralph Fiennes said he would "bat away" his newly acquired "Legend" title, joking it was only for dead people.
The Oscar-nominated and Bafta-winning actor and director received the honour from Liam Neeson.
"I'm not (a legend). I said in my speech that the 'L' word is for dead people," he said backstage.
"I'm flattered, but it's not the case. It's lovely but you've got to bat it away with appreciation because I don't feel like a legend for a moment.
"It's all other people that make us look good."
The 52 year old, who will reprise his role as M in the next James Bond film Spectre, said he will "find some quiet, out-of-the-way place" for his new gong.
He also revealed his dream role, saying: "I would have liked to be in the Godfather trilogy. That wouldn't have been very good casting."
Other winners included Rosamund Pike, former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan and Kingsman: The Secret Service actor Taron Egerton, scooping the best male newcomer prize.
"This is so cool! It is exciting because I genuinely did not think I was going to win it because everyone else in the category should have won. It's a shock and I feel overwhelmed," Gillan said.
Kingsman: The Secret Service, directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Colin Firth, Mark Strong and Sir Michael Caine, won best British film.
The Imitation Game starring, Cumberbatch as wartime codebreaker Alan Turing, was named best thriller, while Paddington was voted best comedy.
Peter Capaldi, who voiced Mr Curry in Paddington, said the film spoke to people because "it has heart".
X-Men: Days Of Future Past was named best sci-fi/fantasy film and The Babadook was voted best horror.
Fantasy sci-fi show Game Of Thrones, based on George R R Martin's books, took the Empire Hero award.
Stars including Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe attended the star-studded ceremony, which was hosted by James Nesbitt.