Hunt For The Wilderpeople misses out on all five awards at UK Empire Awards

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The New Zealand film Hunt for the Wilderpeople has fallen short of scoring any awards at the Empire Awards in London, despite being nominated in an array of categories. 

Julian Dennison, 13, stars in Taika Waititi's highly anticpated film Hunt for the Wilderpeople opposite Sam Neill.
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It missed out on Best Film to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Best Comedy to The Greasy Strangler and Best Screenplay to Deadpool. 

Taika Waititi lost to Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) for Best Director, and Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake) won Best Male Newcomer over Hunt for the Wilderpeople star Julian Dennison. 

The ceremony, which celebrates the most impressive films and cast members across genres, took place at London's Roundhouse today.

The Kiwi film covers the comical relationship between foster child Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) and his reluctant foster father Uncle Hec (Sam Neil) as they attempt to evade the law by retreating to the bush.

The filmmaker's wife, Chelsea Winstanley, accompanied by Hunt for the Wilderpeople actor Julian Dennison, collected the award on Waititi's behalf from Prime Minister Bill English in Auckland.
Source: New Zealander of the Year Awards

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