Film Critic Roger Ebert Discusses His Cancer and His 'Happy Life'

Having reviewed more than 10,000 movies during his career, Ebert offered his 2010 Academy Award picks, predicing that Mo'Nique will win best supporting actress for her role in "Precious," and that Sandra Bullock will win best actress for "The Blind Side," calling her performance in the film a "dazzling comeback."

Jeff Bridges was Ebert's pick for best actor and he predicts Kathryn Bigelow will take home the golden statue for "The Hurt Locker" and for best director.

Roger Ebert Hopes Uses New Software That Uses His Own Voice to Speak

Ebert has been working with a Scotish technology firm to develop software that will use his own voice -- and not the more robotic, computerized one -- to communicate. Drawing on the hours of television interviews and reviews he's done, Ebert's responses will be crafted from words he's actually spoken in the past.

Demonstrating the new device for his wife, Ebert was impressed with the authenticity of the voice.

"It's uncanny," said Ebert. "A good feeling."

Chaz, moved to tears at the sound of her husband's voice for the first time since July 1, 2006, described the device as "incredible."

Unable to tally just how many surgeries she's seen Ebert endure, Chaz spoke candidly about her determination to prevent her husband from succumbing to the cancer.

"When I married Roger, I knew what an amazing man he was," said Chaz. "He is smart, he's funny, he's very respectful of women, he's appreciative of other cultures."

"It's hard to find someone like him and I didn't want to lose him, I just refused to give up."

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