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Next Stop, Academy Awards?

Maybe the fourth time will be a charm.

Israel’s film industry handed out its top honors September 21, naming as the year’s top movie “The Human Resources Manager,” a comic drama about a Jerusalem bakery worker. The film’s victory at the Ophirs — the annual awards ceremony of the Israeli Film and Television Academy — automatically makes it the country’s submission to the Academy Awards, scheduled for February 2011 in Los Angeles. If the movie becomes one of the five nominees in the best foreign language film category, 2011 will mark the fourth consecutive year in which an Israeli movie has received a nomination, a feat not matched in decades. Israel has never won an Academy Award.

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