Don’t be fooled, Roger Ebert may have been out of commission recovering from surgery since last year, but he still hasn’t lifted his finger from the pulse of the world of film. Although he had hoped to be back in action in time to conduct his usual red carpet interviews at the Academy Awards this year, it looks like this will not be the case. He has, however, still managed to release his annual list of Oscar predictions, once again inviting people to try and outguess his picks — no easy feat, when you consider that Ebert is rarely wrong, and also that he seems to exert some small influence over the Academy’s decisions. Last year when he picked Crash as an upset win for Best Picture, it was a bit hard to tell whether it was a prediction or an order. He campaigned hard for that movie, and it won.
This year, Ebert has chosen Babel as the winner of the night’s major award, with Scorsese finally getting his due as Best Director. I suppose you can choose to take these picks with a grain of salt, but it’s pretty hard to ignore Ebert, a man who always seems to be in the know. Interestingly, he did say that he believes there is an outside chance for Little Miss Sunshine to pull off an upset this year. “Rumor has it that ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ is poised to be an upset winner, and in fact it won an ensemble SAG Award… it touched something deep in the American psyche, and had people identifying with this odd family who pulls together when it matters the most.” What do you think, does Ebert know more than he’s letting on here? I’d be happy with either pick really, but it would be a pretty huge victory for all involved if Little Miss does happen to don the crown.» Related Link: Outguess Ebert Contest [via]