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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.
23rd Empire Awards, the most recent ceremony, honoring films in 2017, was held on 18 March 2018 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. The official sponsor of the Awards changed to Rakuten TV for the 23rd Empire Awards.
Empire Awards categories
Award categories as of 2018
Best Actor: 1996 to present
Best Actress: 1996 to present
Best Director: 1996 to present
Best Male Newcomer: 2012 to present
Best Female Newcomer: 2012 to present
Best Film: 1996 to present
Best British Film: 1996 to present; In 2002 it was known as "Sky Movies Best British Film"
Best Comedy: 2006 to present
Best Horror: 2006 to present
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy: 2006 to present; In 2009 it was known as "Best Sci-Fi/Superhero"
Best Thriller: 2006 to present
Best Soundtrack: 2008-2009, 2016-present Best Animated Film: 2016 to present
Best Documentary: 2016 to present
Best Screenplay: 2016 to present
Best Makeup And Hairstyling: 2016 to present
Best Costume Design: 2016 to present
Best Production Design: 2016 to present
Best Visual Effects: 2016 to present
Best TV Series: 2016 to present
Best Actor in a TV Series: 2018 to present
Best Actress in a TV Series: 2018 to present
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
Actor Of Our Lifetime: 2009 only
Action Hero of Our Lifetime: 2014 only
Legend of Our Lifetime: 2014; 2018
Icon of the Decade: 2005 only Heath Ledger Tribute: 2009 only