The American film awards season is now underway, and two new announcements may very well foretell the winners of the major awards over the next few months before the season culminates with the Oscars on March 4, 2018.
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Israeli film "Foxtrot," directed by Samuel Maoz, won the award for Best Foreign Language Film from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures on Tuesday. The ceremony will be held on January 9, 2018.
The NBR awarded Steven Spielberg’s film “The Post” as the best film of the year.
The second Israeli highlighted by NBR was Gal Gadot, who shared the Spotlight Award for her role in “Wonder Woman,” along with the film’s director Patty Jenkins. The Spotlight Award is a special prize for artistic achievement.
The choice of “Foxtrot” is especially good news for the film because the NBR awards have an excellent track record of predicting the Oscar winners too, with four of the winners of the best foreign film prize over the last six years going on to win the Oscar in the same category.
At the traditional opening event of the film awards season, the Gotham Independent Film Awards, the romantic film “Call Me by Your Name” was named the best feature film. But the film that walked away with the most honors was Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” which won the best screenplay and director awards and was also named as audience favorite.
The NBR was founded in 1909 and has been making its annual awards since 1929.