Sightseers is up for four nods at the prestigious Empire Awards.
Ahead of its UK release on dvd and blu-ray on March 25th, the popular film magazine has seen fit to do what BAFTA failed to do, and recognise the enormous talents behind the dark comedy with four nominations. These include tips for its two stars and writers, Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, as well as the film being up for Best Film in two specific categories.
Alice is in the running for Best Female Newcomer, with the category also featuring Alicia Vikander for Anna Kerenia, Holliday Grainger for Great Expectations, Quvenzhane Wallis for Beasts Of The Southern Wild and Samantha Banks for Ls Miserables. Ten years into her tv career, it feels odd to see Alice nominated in this category, but with Sightseers her first major film role, it’s a deserved tip.
Steve, on the other hand, is nominated for Best Male Newcomer, against Domhnall Gleeson for Anna Karenina, Suraj Sharma Life Of Pi, Tom Hollander for The Impossible, and Rafe Spall for Life Of Pi. As with Alice, it seems a strange category – particularly as Rafe Spall has been starring in great movies for years – but we’ll let them off for giving Steve a salute.
The movie is also up for Best Horror – against Dark Shadows, Sinister, The Cabin In The Woods and The Woman In Black. With the latter two gaining particular media attention, this is going to be a tough one, but we’re confident which film is the best of the bunch, and hope the voters are too!
Finally, the biggie – Best British Film – with the biggest competition yet. The Woman In Black and Les Miserables put in another appearance, alongside Dredd 3D and the biggest British film of all time, Skyfall. We’d be over the moon if the underdog won out here, but to even be in this category with films of that calibre is seriously impressive, and will do the film’s reputation a whole world of good ahead of it’s US theatrical release on May 10th, and just in time for it’s French cinema release which is happening right now!
You can vote for the awards yourselves right now – and we urge each and every one of you to put your clicks firmly in Sightseers boxes. GO HERE TO VOTE!