Tom Hiddleston won the ‘Empire Hero’ award at the Empire Awards, yay

Three Empire Awards

It’s going to be a good day, I hope, because we have new Tom Hiddleston photos and that’s always nice. Tom is finished with Kong: Skull Island promotion, which took him around the world. Last week, he was in Asia with Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson (Brie was posting social media photos), and now he’s back in London. Last night, he attended the Empire Awards held at the Roundhouse in London. His suit was polka-dotted! I’m assuming it was Gucci, because of his big Gucci contract. Tom went to the show because he ended up winning the “Empire Hero” award, plus The Night Manager won Best TV Series. And since we know Tom loves to make awards-show speeches, I was prepared for another cringeworthy endeavor as I read his speech. But no – he seemed to keep it short and sweet:

“I’m not quite sure I deserve it to be honest. But that is probably my self criticism manifesting in front of recording cameras. It is a huge honour and I feel very grateful…All I wanted was to be an actor when I was a child and to the best I could. [I wanted] make films that people enjoyed and I feel very honoured and grateful that Empire have chosen me.”

[From The Daily Star]

The Daily Star seems to suggest that Hiddles was making a reference to Taylor Swift and The Glorious Tiddlebanging of 2016. Possibly. In my mind, the success of Kong: Skull Island has helped Tom’s post-Swifty narrative to the point where people aren’t going to bring it up constantly. But Tom is an overeager puppy, and he probably thinks that he needs to make a reference to it, however oblique. Speaking of the success of Kong… it was #2 at the domestic box office this weekend, and the film has already made about $260 million domestically and internationally. It’s a good-sized hit and I bet people will want to make a sequel.

2017 Three Empire awards

Here’s Hiddles talking at the Empire Awards:

The Three Empire Awards held at The Roundhouse

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Maya says:

    Wasn’t particularly a fan of Tom until this movie – he looked hot in this movie.

    I am all for a sequel as long as they show more romance between Tom & Brie..

  2. Mia4S says:

    The Empire Awards….yeah…. almost as prestigious as the People’s Choice Awards. 😏

    There will be a Kong sequel but not with him or Brie or the others. They’re doing Godzilla vs. King Kong which will take place about 40 years after this movie. Very unlikely this gets any direct sequel.

  3. Loo says:

    I am so over the Taylor Swift/Tom Hiddleston quicky, real or fake showmance. It was fun to talk about while it happened and a little afterwards but I’m over it. The idea that it would kill his career when people are allowed to sexually harassed and rape women and have careers is pretty ridiculous. Tom Hiddleston did not commit some great moral wrong no matter if he did it for attention. And I don’t even like Tom Hiddleston but I’ll defend him a little. As long as he does good work in his movies I don’t care.

  4. Greata says:

    I know he is exhausting, but he gets a pass from me because he shows up, promotes his movie, and does not behave like a condescending douche…unlike some of his ‘artistic’ peers. Go Tom!

  5. Lightpurple says:

    Kaiser, I think what you quoted was actually on response to an interview question afterwards. He made two short, nice speeches thanking Night Manager crew and referenced working with his heros and imitations on Graham Norton.

    He should wear that suit always

  6. seesittellsit says:

    As that hairline recedes he looks more like Michael Rennie with every passing year. I might be the only person here who remembers Rennie . . . she sighed.

  7. missme says:

    Didn’t he said that to answer a question? Anyway, congrats Tom!

  8. third ginger says:

    If Johnny Depp, long past his prime and withering away from his many excesses, can win our PEOPLES’ CHOICE AWARDS, this pleasant, hardworking [and as far as we know] sober young man can win whatever awards organizations are willing to give him. All entertainment awards are silly, if we think about them.

  9. missme says:

    ok people keeps asking Tom who would win- kong vs hulk. I think kong. Kong is freaking stronger than hulk and also intelligent. And the chituri giants were brainless. So, yes Kong would definitely win.

  10. spidey says:

    Hugh Laurie is here to present the first of our three special awards this evening, the Empire Hero award – though he almost arrives on stage before his introduction has finished, in a charmingly awkward manner. “I horribly mistimed that,” he says self-deprecatingly. “I don’t really know what I’m doing! It’s just so lovely to be out.”

    Hugh into for Tom:
    The recipient of this particular award is a “ferociously intelligent, brave, kind, good-humoured human being. In short, a hero.” The winner of this year’s Empire Hero award is none other than Tom Hiddleston!

    Tom’s speech:
    On collecting his award from Hugh Laurie he said: “They say never meet your heroes. I’m lucky enough that I wouldn’t be standing here if I hadn’t met mine. I’ve been lucky enough to work with them. And if I haven’t worked with them, I’ve attempted an impersonation of them on the Graham Norton show.”

  11. Nina says:

    I want Tom in Godzilla 2 og Kong vs. Godzilla!!! I know Conrad would be a old man by then, but what about his son????? They should make Conrad Junior to be exactly like Tom. I want to see his charm on the big screen :-D

  12. joela says:

    congrats! and spidey, kong is not a normal ape. So he will live for a long time.

  13. joela says:

    is it me that tom seems restless in these interviews? He seems tired.

  14. Secret squirrel says:

    I hope Tom is still able to make time for the odd little Indie film. Some of his best work has been those low budget obscure films that get little to no press.

    • justme says:

      I would think that being part of a big success (as Kong is apparently on the road to being) would help with funding for smaller projects. And I’d be surprised if he didn’t continue to do Indie films (and theatre). Certainly he seems to want to keep doing different things. It really seems as though he will be in Infinity Wars (he said something about having to come home right after the Asian leg of the tour to do something – and IW is beginning filming very very soon in Scotland). After that – who knows? He did say that his diary was booked.

    • third ginger says:

      Right you are. I happened to see ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE [rented on Xfinity, I think] the year my husband had 6 hospitalizations. I took a break at home and Tilda S. and Tom lifted my spirits enormously. This is the kind of thing I hope good actors know, how much they can affect viewers’ lives.

  15. milibili says:

    hugh was so adorable on the stage. Tom and hugh insta pics are also cute.

  16. virginfangirl2 says:

    Saw Kong on Sunday and liked it. And I was surprised how many scenes Tom was in after reading reviews. As you all must know, I love him, and this was the first time I saw him on the big screen. How someone stuck on an island, chased by monsters, and running through swamps could look this good is beyond me. Always happy when Tom wins an award, as it’s another opportunity to see him in a suit, which as many have said, he wears so well.

  17. anonla says:

    Kong will not be the success it needs to be to have the financial return Warner/Legendary need it to be – Legendary is already in $$ trouble of the Wall with Damon…the fired the CEO Thomas Tull – Kong would have to make upwards of $750-$800 million to make them happy – and With Beauty and the Beast stealing everyone’s thunder probably for weeks to come and Fast 8 coming out soon – it is probably over for many films out there monetarily…Kong opening was very low at $62 mill compared to Logan’s opening the week before at $87 mill and B&B opening last weekend at $130mill! That’s an opening! TH needs to not hook his “movie star” to this film – if Samuel L. Jackson could not open this movie, TH certainly could not either…not to mention the ape!

    • jetlagged says:

      It has already grossed $250 million in global box office in just over a week, and it hasn’t yet premiered in China or Japan, where it should do well. Beauty and Kong have vastly different audiences, so it shouldn’t be swamped completely. Most of the industry articles I’ve read say it’s doing slightly better domestically than expected, and audiences aren’t dropping away as quickly as they did for either Godzilla or Jackson’s Kong. Studio woes aside, I think Legendary only needed it to be a respectable hit, rather than a huge one – I’d wager they are looking at it mostly as a way to get people excited for what comes next in their Monsterverse.