Mark those awards-season calendars: The National Board of Review has announced a date for its 2017 trophy show. The group has staked out Wednesday, January 4, for its annual awards gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan. NBC’s Willie Geist will return as host.

The ever-quirky NBR’s event helps shift awards season into full gear each year, with its past three Best Film winners being Mad Max: Fury Road, A Most Violent Year and Her. Its awards celebrate excellence in filmmaking with categories that include Best Picture, Best Director, Best Performances, Best Ensemble, Breakthrough Performances, Directorial Debut and Spotlight Award as well as signature honors such as the William K. Everson Award for Film History, Freedom of Expression, and Special Achievement in Filmmaking.

The 107-year-old group comprises film enthusiasts, filmmakers, professionals, academics and students of varying ages and backgrounds