London  - Eddie Redmayne’s continued clean-sweep of honours season could continue at tonight’s Empire Awards.

The Theory Of Everything star faces competition from two of the men he beat to the best actor Oscar - Benedict Cumberbatch and Bradley Cooper, as well as The Hobbit’s Richard Armitage and Andy Serkis from Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes.

Redmayne has already picked up a Golden Globe, a Bafta and a Screen Actors Guild award as well for his role as Professor Stephen Hawking.

Cumberbatch’s film, The Imitation Game, leads the pack with six nominations with nods for best thriller, best British film, best film, best director and best actress for Keira Knightley.

That last award pitches Knightley against Redmayne’s co-star Felicity Jones, Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike, Emily Blunt from Edge Of Tomorrow and Ex Machina’s Alicia Vikander. Three films, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and Kingsman: The Secret Service each got four nominations.

The winners at the awards, voted for by film fans and formally known as The Jameson Empire Awards, will be announced at a central London ceremony tonight. One man guaranteed to win something is Ralph Fiennes who will be named a Legend at event at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane.

Actor James Nesbitt, who hosts the event, said: ‘Last year’s Jameson Empire Awards were an incredible experience. Hollywood legends like Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emma Thompson were rubbing shoulders with the next generation of acting talent and the atmosphere was electric.’