Emma Watson, 17, beat Dame Judi Dench to win the inaugural award for Best Female Performance at the National Movie Awards in London on Friday night.

Emma plays Hermione in the Harry Potter movies and seemed a little awe-struck on the red carpet before the awards were handed out.

She told whatsontv.co.uk that she had no speech prepared beyond ‘thank you’, but the chorus of fans calling her name should have alerted her to the prospect of victory.

The National Movie Awards are solely determined by the votes of British film fans, unlike the industry choices at the Oscars and the Baftas.

Beside her shock at winning, Emma was also delighted to receive it from none other than legendary Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman.

Emma’s co-nominees, besides Dame Judi, included Eva Green (Casino Royale) and Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End).

VIDEO: Watch the interview with Emma Watson on the red carpet.

The full list of national Movie Award nominees, with the winners in bold:


Casino Royale

Die Hard 4.0




Flushed Away

Happy Feet

Shrek the Third

The Simpsons Movie



Hot Fuzz

Mr Bean’s Holiday

Night at the Museum


Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End

Spider-Man 3


Daniel Craig

Johnny Depp

Rupert Grint

Daniel Radcliffe


Dame Judi Dench

Eva Green

Keira Knightley

Emma Watson

Watch the National Movie Awards on ITV1 on Saturday at 9.30pm.