Hot-button Israeli film Foxtrot won the award for best foreign language film of the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Tuesday night.Foxtrot, directed by Samuel Maoz, created a firestorm of controversy within Israel and has been repeatedly slammed by Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev. Regev has said the film portrays Israel and the IDF in a negative light and should never have received government funding.But the movie has received great international acclaim, and Tuesday night’s honor is just the latest indication that it has a real shot at being nominated for and even winning the Academy Award for best foreign language film.Of the past five winners of the foreign language film award from NBR, four have been nominated for the Oscar and three have won it.
In September, Foxtrot also won the prestigious Silver Lion award at the Venice International Film Festival. At the Ophir awards in September, the film took home eight prizes including that for best picture, making it Israel's official submission for the foreign language Oscar. But Foxtrot wasn’t the only Israeli to get attention from NBR, which will award all the prizes at a ceremony in January. The organization’s “Spotlight” award went jointly to Wonder Woman’s star and director, Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins, for their collaboration on the superhero film.While comic book films tend to be box office hits, they rarely make a showing at the Academy Awards. But the unique buzz surrounding Wonder Woman as a cultural icon has made industry insiders wonder if that may change this year. Previously, 2008’s Dark Knight is the only superhero film to win a major category at the Academy Awards – a best supporting actor prize for Heath Ledger.The NBR’s top award, the prize for best film, went to the yet-to-be-released Steven Spielberg film The Post. That movie, which will hit theaters at the end of the year, depicts the journalists who investigated and published the Pentagon Papers. Actors Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep were also awarded prizes from the NBR for their roles in The Post.
FOXTROT Trailer | TIFF 2017. (YouTube/TIFF Trailers)