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Empire Awards, is an annual British awards ceremony honoring cinematic achievements in the local and global film industry. Winners are awarded the Empire Award statuette. The awards, first presented in 1996, are presented by the British film magazine with the winners voted by the readers of the magazine. Empire
21st Empire Awards, the most recent ceremony, honoring films in 2015, was held on March 20, 2016 in  London, England. The awards are sponsored by  Jameson Irish Whiskey since the 14th Empire Awards  and since then are officially called the  Jameson Empire Awards.
Empire Awards categories
Award categories as of 2014
Current honorary awards
As of the
19th Empire Awards these are the three awards which are currently handed out:
Retired honorary awards
Contribution to Cinema Award: 2000 only
Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema Award: 2005 to 2006; Outstanding Contribution To British Film: 2008 to 2010; Outstanding Contribution: 2013 only
Independent Spirit Award: 2002 to 2005
Lifetime Achievement Award: 1996 to 2003; 2006; Career Achievement Award: 2004 only
Movie Masterpiece Award: 1999 to 2000
Legend Award: 2012 to 2013
Actor Of Our Lifetime: 2009 only
Action Hero of Our Lifetime: 2014 only
Legend of Our Lifetime: 2014 only
Icon of the Decade: 2005 only
Heath Ledger Tribute: 2009 only
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