Roger Ebert
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Roger Ebert is attending his 36th consecutive conference and does not know what he would do without it: "Here I have learned nearly everything I know and contributed even more than that."

Ebert is the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic at the Chicago Sun-Times and is syndicated to some 200 other papers. He also is co-host of the television show Ebert & Roeper and teaches in the University of Chicago fine arts program. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Colorado, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the American Film Institute. This year Ebert will get his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

His newest book The Great Movies II contains essays on 100 more classic films. His other books include annual editions of Roger Ebertís Movie Yearbook, Roger Ebertís Book of Film, I Hated Hated HATED This Movie, and The Perfect London Walk. His annual CWA shot-by-shot film analysis, dubbed Cinema Interruptus by the late Howard Higman, inspired the commentary tracks for the DVDs of Dark City, Casablanca, Citizen Kane (which won Variety's Video Premiere Award as the best DVD commentary of the year), and Ozu's Floating Weeds.

Ebertís new website was voted Best Movie Review Website by the Online Film Critics Society. He has been responsible for luring Bill Nack and Andy Ihnatko to the CWA and would appreciate it if you could strew palms before them as they walk about the campus and proffer them sweetmeats, honeyed balm, and the like.