Roger Ebert gets thumbs-up for ShoWest nod

Film critic tapped for special career achievement award

Veteran film critic Roger Ebert will be honored at ShoWest 2009 with a special award for career achievement in film journalism.

Ebert will be feted at a luncheon April 2, the final day of the annual exhibition confab. ShoWest opens March 30 at the Bally's and Paris hotels in Las Vegas.

"With over 40 years devoted to providing moviegoing audiences with reviews and incredible insight into the film world, Roger Ebert has been a standout critic respected by audiences, peers and movie industry insiders alike," ShoWest co-managing director Mitch Neuhauser said. "If it weren't for Roger Ebert -- who has always had the foresight to champion the cause of relatively unknown and budding filmmakers and talent -- the world of motion pictures as we know it today wouldn't be as rich, diverse and enriching as it is."

Ebert started his long career at the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967, when he first came aboard as a film reviewer. He teamed up with the Chicago Tribune's Gene Siskel in 1976 to co-host a weekly film-review television show.

After Siskel's death in 1999, "Siskel & Ebert at the Movies" became "At the Movies With Ebert & Roeper," with film critic Richard Roeper as co-host.

Ebert won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1975. He received a lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Cinematographers in 2003 and an honorary life membership in the DGA in 2009.
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