Roger Ebert may have lost his ability to speak, but his critical voice is louder than ever.
On “The Oprah Winfrey Show” today, the veteran film buff, who’s battled thyroid cancer, offered his predictions for this year’s Academy Awards. He also publicly tried out the electronic device that allows his voice to be heard after a 2006 cancer surgery rendered him speechless.
“I can’t remember a year when it seems easier to predict the Oscars,” Ebert said. “Of course, those might be famous last words.”
Below, Ebert’s Oscar picks, in his own words:
Best supporting actress: “Mo’Nique as the brutal and damaged mother in ‘Precious.’”
Best actor: “Jeff Bridges for ‘Crazy Heart.’”
Best supporting actor: “Christoph Waltz won best actor at Cannes for ‘Inglourious Basterds’ and never looked back.”
Best picture: “The only dicey category is best picture. ‘Up In the Air’ was the early front runner, but I think it’s a win for Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘The Hurt Locker.’”
Best director: “I also pick Kathryn Bigelow for best director.”
What do you think of Ebert’s Oscar predictions?
– Sheila Marikar