Through Ebert's Eyes: The Movie Critic's Oscar Picks
February 24, 2006
There's just one week to go until Hollywood's golden night, and "Extra" has the thumbs up from Mr. Movie, Roger Ebert! Who does he think will bring home Oscar from the 78th Annual Academy Awards?
Best Supporting Actress
Ebert's rooting for the underdog in this category; a little known actress named Amy Adams. Adams was nominated for the little-seen film, "Junebug." But Ebert told us, "This is the category every year where they seem to go for a dark horse."
Best Supporting Actor
In this category, there is no contest who should win in Ebert's mind. "George Clooney for 'Syriana,'" he said. "Both for 'Syriana' and also as a way of honoring him for 'Good Night, and Good Luck.' I think he's had a really great year."
Ebert talks the walk for Best Actress, predicting: "Probably Reese Witherspoon will win for 'Walk the Line.'" He notes that her portrayal of June Carter Cash was, "A very complete performance."
Ebert isn't jumping on the "Brokeback Mountain" bandwagon for this one. Instead, he predicts Philip Seymour Hoffman will score for "Capote." "That will make me happy," Ebert said. "It's a great performance."
Roger Ebert believes that based on pure statistics, "Brokeback Mountain" director Ang Lee win will gold on Oscar night. "He won the Director's Guild Award," Ebert noted. "Eighty-five percent of the time, that winner also wins the Oscar."
There is a lot of buzz surrounding "Brokeback Mountain," but Ebert believes the "Brokeback" Express may be stoppable. "I think 'Crash' has a chance of winning," he said. "In December, 'Brokeback' was out in front, but 'Crash' has been gaining."
See how many of Roger's Oscar picks take home gold, Sunday, March 5th on ABC. Plus, get more Oscar favorites this weekend on Ebert and Roeper's special, "If We Picked the Winners." And for all you movie buffs, Roger has a new book called, "The Great Movies 2."