Sam Mendes’ James Bond blockbuster leads the pack with six nominations for the Empire Awards 2013.

Skyfall, recently crowned the biggest-ever UK box-office hit, has secured nominations for best thriller, British film, director, actor (Daniel Craig), actress (Dame Judi Dench) and film.

Joss Whedon’s Avengers Assemble and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follow closely behind with five nominations apiece, while British indie hit Sightseers keeps pace with Hollywood with four nominations.

Now in its 18th year, the Empire Awards are voted for by the public and will be held in London on March 24.

Full list of nominees

Best Male Newcomer presented by Entertainment Tonight

  • Domhnall Gleeson (Anna Karenina)
  • Rafe Spall (Life Of Pi)
  • Steve Oram (Sightseers)
  • Suraj Sharma (Life Of Pi)
  • Tom Holland (The Impossible)

Best Female Newcomer

  • Alice Lowe (Sightseers)
  • Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina)
  • Holliday Grainger (Great Expectations)
  • Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts Of The Southern Wild)
  • Samantha Barks (Les Misérables)

Best Comedy presented by Magic 105.4

  • 21 Jump Street
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists!
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Ted

Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy

  • Dredd 3D
  • Looper
  • Avengers Assemble
  • Prometheus
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Best Thriller

  • Argo
  • Jo Nesbo’s Headhunters
  • Skyfall
  • The Raid
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Horror presented by Café de Paris

  • Dark Shadows
  • Sightseers
  • Sinister
  • The Cabin In The Woods
  • The Woman In Black

The Art Of 3D presented by RealD

  • Dredd 3D
  • Life Of Pi
  • Avengers Assemble
  • Prometheus
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Best British Film

  • Dredd 3D
  • Les Misérables
  • Sightseers
  • Skyfall
  • The Woman In Black

Best Director

  • Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises)
  • Joss Whedon (Avengers Assemble)
  • Peter Jackson (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
  • Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
  • Sam Mendes (Skyfall)

Jameson Best Actor

  • Christoph Waltz (DjangoUnchained)
  • Daniel Craig (Skyfall)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
  • Martin Freeman (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
  • Robert Downey Jr. (Avengers Assemble)

Best Actress presented by Citroën

  • Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games)
  • Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
  • Dame Judi Dench (Skyfall)
  • Naomi Watts (The Impossible)

Best Film presented by Sky Movies

  • Django Unchained
  • Avengers Assemble
  • Skyfall
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey