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The National Board of Review will announce the recipients of its year-end honors Nov. 29, with awards themselves to be handed out at the NBR’s annual gala on Jan. 4, 2017 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. Willie Geist will once again return as host for the third year.

The awards from NBR, traditionally one of the first organizations to announce year-end honorees, spotlights excellence in filmmaking with categories that include Best Picture, Best Director, Best Performances, Best Ensemble, Breakthrough Performances, Directorial Debut and Spotlight Award. The awards also include signature honors such as the William K. Everson Award for Film History, Freedom of Expression, and Special Achievement in Filmmaking.

“The NBR is eagerly anticipating a continued strong year in movies with the exciting roster of films being released between now and the end of the year,” said Annie Schulhof, president of NBR. “We once again look forward to being one of the first groups to announce the best in year-end filmmaking achievements and contributing to 2016’s ever-expanding awards conversation.”

As stated on NBR’s website, the organization has “dedicated its efforts to the support of cinema as both art and entertainment.” Each year, film enthusiasts, filmmakers, professionals, academics and students of varying ages and backgrounds watches over 250 films and participates in illuminating discussions with directors, actors, producers and screenwriters. The process concludes with its annual awards ceremony in January.