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Ebert Named Webby Person of the Year

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 4, 2010 at 6:35AM

The Webby Awards have named Roger Ebert their Person of the Year. The Webbys credit the Chicago Sun-Times film critic with raising the bar for the “level of poignancy, thoughtfulness and critique one can achieve on the web” and having an “unparalleled level of engagement with followers and fans.”
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The Webby Awards have named Roger Ebert their Person of the Year. The Webbys credit the Chicago Sun-Times film critic with raising the bar for the “level of poignancy, thoughtfulness and critique one can achieve on the web” and having an “unparalleled level of engagement with followers and fans.”

Ebert has been much in the spotlight lately. His 12th Annual Ebertfest just wrapped on April 25th; he was also honored at the 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival on May 1st with the Mel Novikoff Award, which recognizes individuals whose work elevates the public’s awareness and enjoyment of world cinema. Directors Errol Morris, Terry Zwigoff, Phil Kaufman and Jason Reitman (in photo right) were among those who attended the ceremony.

In his much-retweeted post entitled The Golden Age of Movie Critics, Ebert serves a feast of wisdom both about film writing and life in general. He closes his post:

That's what an education is for. That's what life is for. That's the discovery made by these extraordinary writers I've found on the World Wide Web. Find out all you can, and see what you can do with it.

The numerous and impassioned comments to this post signify Ebert's deservedness of these and future honors.

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Festivals, Web/Tech, Stuck In Love, Reviews, Jason Reitman, San Francisco, Twitter, Roger Ebert Fellowship


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.