Steven Spielberg to Get Honor at U.K.'s Empire Awards

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The awards show will take place in London on Sunday, a day before the European premiere of his 'Ready Player One' in the British capital.

U.K. film magazine Empire on Sunday will honor Steven Spielberg with the "Legend of Our Lifetime Award" at its annual Empire Awards, organizers said Thursday. 

They said that "today’s most iconic film director" would be presented the honor by Rakuten TV, which is also a title sponsor of the awards event.

The star-studded event, to be held at Camden’s Roundhouse in London, is set to take place 10 days ahead of the release of the filmmaker’s action-adventure Ready Player One. Spielberg will attend the film's European premiere in London on Monday.

The Empire Awards celebrate the best in film and TV, voted on by fans.

"With a career that spans over five decades and includes countless awards, including three Academy Awards for best picture (Schindler’s List) and best director (Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan), Spielberg is known across the globe as one of the greatest visual storytellers of all time," organizers said. 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the biggest title last year in British cinemas, leads the Empire Awards pack with nine nominations, including for best film, sci-fi fantasy, actress, actor and director. Baby Driver and Get Out have five noms each, while the U.K. indie success God's Own Country is up for three honors. 

The best British film category — sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter — includes God's Own Country, Darkest Hour, The Death of Stalin, Dunkirk and Paddington 2.

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