LOS ANGELES - Pulitzer Prize winning film critic Roger Ebert will be honored at ShoWest 2009 with a special ShoWest Career Achievement in Film Journalism Award, it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of the event which will be held March 30-April 2, 2009, in Las Vegas. Ebert will be presented with the ShoWest Career Achievement in Film Journalism Award at a special luncheon "Celebrating the Importance of Independent and Specialty Film" on Thursday, April 2, at Bally's and Paris 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," noted Neuhauser. "And what's more is that 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. We all owe Mr. Ebert a debt of gratitude and we are thrilled to be able to present him with this special ShoWest Career Achievement in Film Journalism Award."
Ebert began his career as a film critic in 1967, writing for The Chicago Sun-Times. In 1976 he teamed with Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune to begin co-hosting a weekly film review television show. Ultimately known as "Siskel & Ebert at The Movies" the pair co-hosted the show, known for their thumbs up and thumbs down film reviews, until Siskel's death in 1999. After a rotation of co-hosts Richard Roeper became the permanent co-host in 2000 and "At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper" was on the air until 2007. Ebert has also been the critic for WLS/ABC in Chicago from 1983-2003 and co-hosted the Academy Awards live pre-show on ABC for many years. In 1975, Ebert became the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, and in June of 2005 Ebert was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He has also been awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2003, by the American Society of Cinematographers and an Honorary Lifetime Membership to the Directors Guild of America in 2009. Ebert continues to write movie reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times and he is the most visited film critic on the internet.