Roger Ebert honored by Directors Guild

Roger EbertRoger Ebert, the most famous film critic in America, is being given the Directors Guild of America’s Honorary Life Member Award for his stand-out career and contributions to film. DGA President Michael Apted said, “From the blockbuster to the tiny independent film, Roger Ebert has devoted his career to sharing his love of film with generations of moviegoers. In doing so, he’s kept directors on their toes for more than 40 years.” Ebert, who is unable speak after battling thyroid cancer, is a critic with the Chicago Sun-Times. He gained fame co-hosting television shows such as Sneak Previews (1978 to 1982), At the Movies (1982 to 1986) and Siskel & Ebert at the Movies (1993 to 2006) with fellow reviewer Gene Siskel. Ebert, who has written 15 books and the screenplay for the 1970 movie Beyond the Valley of the Dolls,  has been nominated for seven Emmys and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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  1. Booker George • December 19, 2008 @ 9:13 AM

    Congratulations to Roger Ebert. I find him to be the best film critic (too bad he’s not on TV right now) and a “Thumbs Up,” 3 and 4 star rating he gives to a movie is 90% agreeable. Can’t wait for his return to television (good that we can read his reviews.) One of the film critics I admire (although I disagree with him that Crash was better than Brokeback Mountain back in 2005.)

  2. Nancy • December 19, 2008 @ 10:11 AM

    I highly doubt he will be returning to television.

  3. Jo-Anne. • December 19, 2008 @ 2:59 PM

    Nice to see he’s being honoured for his contribution to film critique. Booker G., I saw both films, thought them both excellent, but I must say Crash was brilliant, stood out by a mile, notwithstanding the amazing performances of Heath and Jake.

  4. tributegirl • December 19, 2008 @ 6:51 PM

    He’s been honoured because he survived that beating (hit on the knee with a newspaper).

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