Helmer to receive Wilder accolade

The National Board of Review will present the Billy Wilder award for excellence in film direction to Steven Spielberg at its annual awards gala Jan. 7 at New York restaurant Tavern on the Green.

All other 2001 NBR awards, including film, actor, actress, director and foreign film, will be announced Wednesday.

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