|18th Empire Awards|
An Empire award
|Awarded for||Excellence in cinematic achievements|
|Last awarded||March 24, 2013|
|Official website||2013 Official website|
An Empire Award is an accolade bestowed by Empire, Britain's biggest selling film magazine, to recognize excellence of professionals in the local and global film industry. The awards are voted for by readers of the magazine and in an annual ceremony, the Empire Awards, the winners are presented with the award which is covered by Empire and sometimes also televised. They were sponsored by Sony Ericsson between the 8th and the 13th Empire Awards with the exception of the 12th which was without a ceremony, and since the 14th Empire Awards are sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey.
The first Empire Awards ceremony was held on 1996, to honour outstanding film achievements of the 1995 film season. The most recent ceremony, honouring films in 2012, was held at Grosvenor House Hotel on March 24, 2013. 
Empire Awards categories
Award categories as of 2012
- Best Actor: 1996 to present
- Best Actress: 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 Director: 1996 to present
- Best Film: 1996 to present
- Best Horror: 2006 to present
- Best Newcomer: 1996 to present; It was known as "Best Debut" from 1996 to 2002; in 2007 it was split to "Best Male Newcomer" and "Best Female Newcomer"
- Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy: 2006 to present; In 2009 it was known as "Best Sci-Fi/Superhero"
- Best Thriller: 2006 to present
- Done In 60 Seconds Award: 2008 to present
- Best British Actor: 1996 to 2005
- Best British Actress: 1996 to 2005
- Best British Director: 1997 to 2001; 2005
- Sony Ericsson Scene of the Year: 2003 to 2007; In 2007 it was known as "Scene Of The Year"
- Sony Ericsson Soundtrack Award: to 2008 - 2009; In 2009 it was known as "Best Soundtrack"
Special Empire Awards
Current special awards
- Empire Hero Award: 2010 to present
- Empire Inspiration Award: 1997; 1999 to 2002; 2004 to 2006; 2008; 2010 to present
- Icon Award: 2006; 2008 to present
Retired special awards
- Actor Of Our Lifetime: 2009 only
- Contribution to Cinema: 2000 only; Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema: 2005 to 2006; Outstanding Contribution To British Film from 2008 to 2010
- Empire Career Achievement Award: 2004 only
- Empire Independent Spirit Award: 2002 to 2005
- Empire Lifetime Achievement Award: 1996 to 2004; 2006;
- Empire Movie Masterpiece: 1999 to 2000
- Heath Ledger Tribute: 2009 only
- Icon of the Decade: 2005 only
- "The Sonny Ericsson Empire Awards 2003 official website". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved September 22, 2011.
- "The Empire Awards 2007 official website". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2007. Retrieved September 22, 2011.
- "The Jameson Empire Awards 2009 official website". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2009. Retrieved September 22, 2011.